Here’s a list of the questions our patients ask the most. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to hear from you!

What if I had braces before but my teeth are not straight anymore?

We offer a reduced “tune-up” fee for patients who have worn braces in the past but have experienced minor relapse (i.e., problems have come back). We offer limited Invisalign and limited braces options to get your smile back on track.

No, you do not need a referral from your dentist to get an orthodontic consultation and exam, regardless of your insurance type. Call us to schedule your FREE consultation or a formal appointment, and we will verify your insurance benefits.

Orthodontic treatment is more efficient and convenient than ever before. We offer the latest technology to deliver fast and affordable options that fit today’s busy lifestyles. Most of our braces patients come to see us every 8 to 10 weeks, and patients in Invisalign or Invisalign Teen come to see us every 12-14 weeks.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children get an orthodontic screening at age 7 before permanent teeth come in and the jaws fully develop. Most patients do not require treatment this early, but dental development does not always correlate with age. Some patients need treatment when they are still growing, around age 7 or 8, but most start treatment once the permanent teeth erupt, which can be age 10 for some kids and age 14 for others. Call for a free growth check to determine when to start treatment for your child.

Forever! In short, you must wear your retainers for life because your teeth will continue to shift and move throughout your lifetime. Dr. Moody’s motto is “nighttime for a lifetime” regarding retainer wear. We know things happen, and retainers get lost or eaten by the dog, so we offer a retainer replacement plan for all of our patients to ensure you are never without a retainer.

Phase I Treatment, if necessary, is for children between the ages of 7 and 10 who usually do not have all their adult teeth. This phase usually lasts between 6 and 12 months and addresses significant developing problems that may worsen if not treated early. Phase I Treatment can often shorten future treatment and help avoid invasive procedures such as tooth extraction and exposure of impacted teeth.

Would you let your family practice physician perform heart surgery on you? No, you would see a cardiologist with additional training who only works on the heart. Like a cardiologist with the heart, a certified orthodontist is the best person to straighten your teeth and correct your bite because an orthodontist is a general dentist who went on to get an additional 2-3 years of specialized education after dental school. An orthodontist specializes in straightening teeth and ensuring your bite’s proper form and function.

An orthodontist is a dentist and has graduated from dental school. The difference is that an orthodontist has an additional 2-3 years of specialized education after dental school and is a specialist at straightening teeth and ensuring proper form and function. Dr. Moody earned her Bachelor’s degree and her degree in dental medicine from the University of Florida in 2006. After graduating at the top of her class, she received an academic scholarship to the University of Colorado for three additional years of orthodontic specialty training.

Yes! We want your smile to stay beautiful no matter where or how long ago you had orthodontic treatment. Call us today at 512-44- SMILE to discuss the cost of the various types of retainers available.

Yes! We are happy to offer our patients no-interest financing and payments as low as $99/month. Call us today at 512-44- SMILE to see how we can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.

This will depend on the severity of your case. However, we proudly use state-of-the-art technology that enables most patients to complete treatment in 1 to 2 years.

Teeth will constantly shift or relapse after orthodontic treatment without some retainer wear. We encourage all our patients to enroll in our retainer replacement program, but we know things happen, so we offer a “lifetime smile guarantee.” If your teeth shift after treatment with our office, we will put your braces back on for FREE and only charge a monthly fee until you are happy and your teeth are straight again.

While the cost of orthodontic treatment varies for each person based on their specific issues, in most cases, the cost of Invisalign is comparable to the cost of braces at Moody Orthodontics. We offer flexible financing and low down payments for Invisalign, which makes it an easy decision for most people. Call us today to discuss how Invisalign and Moody Orthodontics can transform your smile.

Yes. Most patients who play contact sports, like football or boxing, or a brass or reed instrument opt for Invisalign treatment. Invisalign is the most convenient option for athletes, allowing musicians to maintain their embouchure.  If you elect to have braces, we will give you a special mouthguard to make it possible to participate and advise you on products to help protect your lip while playing specific instruments. Call us today to see what options are suitable for you.

Dr. Moody is very conservative and will do everything possible to treat a patient without extracting teeth or performing surgery. Although extractions are necessary in some cases, it is now possible to effectively treat most cases without extractions.

Yes. Dr. Moody is extensively trained in treating and diagnosing painful and functional problems associated with TMJ or TMD. We provide treatment and management of TMJ and other painful jaw disorders. Our TMJ/TMD exam is more in-depth than a regular consultation, so please request a TMJ exam when contacting our office.

Yes. Adult orthodontic treatment is rapidly growing in popularity. In fact, almost half of Dr. Moody’s patients are adults who want a perfect smile or better bite. With the latest technology, private treatment rooms, and after-work appointments, Moody Orthodontics makes getting the amazing smile you’ve always wanted an easy and efficient process for adults.

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