New Patient Information
Welcome to Hoskinson Orthodontics! Your first appointment in our Scotia, NY, office is our chance to get to know you. Bring your questions with you! The appointment lasts approximately 15-30 minutes, but after our visit, we may need to do some imaging tests that may take 20-30 minutes.
During this appointment, we will answer the following questions:
- Are any orthodontic conditions present?
- Is now the right time for treatment, or should it be delayed?
- What procedures could be used to correct the problem?
To help us make your consultation appointment efficient, we would appreciate the Patient Intake forms to be completed prior to the appointment. Once an appointment is made an email will be sent to you. Please either:
- Complete the forms on-line and return. This is a secure system.
- If paper forms are better for you please print the forms and bring them with you to the appointment.
Financial & Insurance Information
Please bring your insurance card or information with you to your first appointment. The cost of treatment varies based on individual needs and treatment plans.
Have a question? We have an answer.
New Patient FAQ
New Patient FAQ
Q: When should I schedule the first visit for my child?
A: In keeping with the American Association of Orthodontists, we ask parents to bring their children in for an initial screening around age 7..
Q: Won’t my teeth straighten out on their own?
A: Unfortunately, no. Orthodontic problems almost always get worse with age, and the only way to solve them is through treatment.
Q: Will I need to have teeth pulled to get braces?
A: While in some cases, extraction is the best way to achieve a great smile, tooth extraction is rarely necessary for most patients, and we strive to avoid extraction if at all possible.
Q: How long will I have to wear braces?
A: Treatment time can vary drastically from patient to patient, and it depends on the specifics of your orthodontic condition. That said, treatment can last anywhere from 6 to 36 months, with the “average” treatment lasting about 22 months.
Q: How often do I have to come into the office?
A: The frequency of your orthodontic checkups depends on your specific treatment needs, but we’ll see most patients every 4 to 5 weeks. We may have you come in more or less frequently, depending on your specific treatment method.
Q: Do braces hurt?
A: Braces don’t necessarily “hurt.” It’s common for patients to feel some discomfort or soreness for the first few days after getting braces or having an adjustment, but discomfort is usually mild and easy to manage with Advil or Tylenol. Generally, though, patients feel little to no soreness, and any discomfort that is present fades in a matter of days.
Q: Can I play sports or a musical instrument with braces?
A: Many of our patients are athletes, and you’re welcome to play sports or play wind instruments while wearing braces – all you’ll need is an orthodontic mouthguard for sports.
Q: Do I still need to see my dentist while I’m coming to your office?
A: Absolutely. Dental hygiene is doubly important during treatment, so it’s important to maintain regularly-scheduled dental appointments.
Q: Can I still get braces as an adult?
A: Absolutely! We can straighten healthy teeth at any age, and in fact, roughly 25% of our patients are adults.
Q: Can I get braces if I have crowns or missing teeth?
A: Any dental restoration will move just like natural teeth, and braces can often help fix alignment issues if you’re missing teeth. We encourage you to schedule a consultation!
Q: Can’t my dentist just put on my braces?
A: Orthodontics is a highly complicated science that uses advanced techniques to make permanent changes in the alignment of the teeth, jaws, and facial structure. To learn these techniques, orthodontists go through an additional two to three years of specialized training on top of dental school. That’s training that dentists simply don’t have – so to ensure a healthy smile, you should always seek treatment from a board-certified orthodontist.
There is typically an initial down payment at the start of a treatment with the remaining balance monthly over the length of treatment. Rest assured with any case fee there will be no add on charges, late fees or other penalties assessed. All credit cards are accepted.
Discounts are offered to active Military, multiple family members, and Dental Professionals.
Our insurance coordinator will help you utilize your orthodontic insurance benefit effectively and maximize any benefit. As an office courtesy we will file all necessary insurance claims and make needed inquiries to your insurance company on your behalf.
Most Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Saving Accounts (HSA) can be used to help pay for orthodontic treatment. It is recommended to contact your employer with specific questions related to your benefit.