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Two-phase orthodontic treatment: What parents should know

Generally, children should have an orthodontic screening by age 7. However, many children are still losing baby teeth at this age, which makes parents wonder if a screening is really necessary. 

The answer is yes!

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Glossary of orthodontic terms

If you are a new patient, you might hear some terms that are unfamiliar or confusing. This glossary will help you understand some of the most common. If ever you have any questions about your treatment, just ask Dr. Jones and the team at Roanoke Valley Orthodontics.

aligners – clear BPA-free plastic devices that slip-on over all the teeth in a single arch. They can be used in place of braces for alignment of the teeth and bite correction

appliances – orthodontic devices designed to correct the position of teeth or the jaw, which either attach to the teeth or are removable.

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Will I have to wear a retainer after orthodontic treatment?

Ah, it feels great to get your braces off after orthodontic treatment! You’ve worked hard and followed our instructions, and now your teeth are straight and your smile is beautiful. 

Will you have to wear a retainer following your orthodontic treatment? If so, how long?

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Orthodontics can treat sleep apnea in children

Sleep apnea in children causes disruptive sleep that can lead to learning and behavioral problems if left untreated. Orthodontic treatment can be used effectively to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Early diagnosis and treatment can also prevent problems that are much harder to treat in adulthood.

Following a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, the use of a rapid maxillary expander (RME) can increase the width of a child’s maxilla (upper jaw). Expansion of the maxilla increases the space in the nasal airway and helps reduce the mouth breathing that can cause sleep apnea.

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Invisalign vs. braces: Which is the right choice for you?

Teenage school kids smiling to camera in school corridor

Hear the word “orthodontist,” and most people immediately think of metal braces.

While metal braces continue to be the most common method we use to create beautiful smiles, patients who need orthodontic treatment these days have more options than ever before.

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Are you expecting a tax refund? Use it to begin orthodontic treatment

In 2017, nearly 80 percent of taxpayers received a tax refund at an average amount of $2,895. While it’s tempting to use a refund on something spontaneous or impractical, most people spend the money wisely, using it to pay down debt, increase their savings or make progress toward another financial goal.

If you’ve been considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or you suspect your child would benefit from braces or Invisalign, your tax refund could be the perfect way to get started.

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Orthodontic insurance: What patients need to know

At Roanoke Valley Orthodontics, we know that orthodontic treatment requires a significant investment. That’s why we provide a variety of payment options to help our patients manage the cost of treatment.

In addition to our own payment options, which come with no financing fees, patients should consider third-party payment and savings options to help defray the cost of treatment. Read more

What to expect at your 1st orthodontist appointment

At Roanoke Valley Orthodontics, we love to meet new patients, but sometimes they are a little nervous about meeting us for the first time.

You can’t blame them too much. They have no idea what to expect and might even be afraid that something we do will be painful. Read more

RVO kicks off school supplies drive to support Rescue Mission of Roanoke

We’ve got Back to School on the brain, and we’re asking for your help!

In just a few weeks, students around the Roanoke Valley will be headed back to school. While it’s a hectic time for everyone, many local families are unable to afford the school supplies their children need. Read more

Roanoke Valley Orthodontics celebrates Peters Creek renovation

It was all beautiful smiles last month for Roanoke Valley Orthodontics’ Grand Reopening and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at our Peters Creek Road location.

We’ve been so busy this spring! Along with welcoming many patients to The New Smiles Club, we’ve been completing renovations on our Peters Creek Road location. Now that the construction is finished and the dust has settled, we’re celebrating its reopening with our patients, friends and colleagues. Read more

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