Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does the average treatment take?
: Utilizing the newest technologies we now anticipate total treatment times averaging less than two years from start to finish. Obviously some more demanding cases can take longer and more basic cases can finish sooner, but we complete most of our cases in less than two years.


Q: How much does the average treatment cost?
: Standard youth case charges average between $1500 and $5140. Standard adult cases are between $3540 and $5540. There may be additional charges for surgical cases or cosmetic brackets. Each case is evaluated separately. We also advise that you continue your regular schedule with your family dentist. Those charges for general dentistry will be delivered by your family dentist.


Q: Is orthodontic treatment painful?
: Most of our patients tell us that their teeth are sore for the first three days. Simple over-the-counter pain medication usually is all that is needed. In addition we provide soft wax and silicone to place on any rough areas of your braces to minimize mouth irritations. Warm, salty water is also a good home remedy for oral discomfort.


Q: What are your office hours?
Our typical week is from Tuesday to Thursday. Our office hours will expand as our practice continues to grow. On Tuesday through Thursday our hours are 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Earlier appointments are available. We occasionally open on Mondays to accommodate patients who are in school out of state. We currently do not have weekend appointments.


Q: How often will appointments be?
: We average 4-8 weeks between visits. In the beginning of treatment some patients need to be seen more frequently, others may have long (8-12 weeks) intervals between appointments. The closer to the end of treatment a patient gets the more frequent visits tend to be. When we factor all visits together we average about 5-6 weeks between appointments.


Q: What happens at a typical visit?
Once the patient is seated the technician reviews the chart to see what is planned for the day’s appointment. Doctor Brown is consulted prior to commencing any work; then, the necessary procedures are performed. Often, there are many procedures that are done only by the doctor. Upon completion of the prescribed treatment, the doctor checks and reviews the work performed and plans the work to be done at the next appointment. All questions are answered and comfort is assured prior to the patient leaving. Most visits end with the doctor reviewing what work was done and a brief evaluation of the progress with the patient, accompanying parent or guardian.


Q: How long is an average visit in the office?
: Most visits are 20-35 minutes in length. Appointments which require the application of any braces, either at the initial bonding appointment or during treatment can be longer. Most of these brace application visits are performed during the morning hours or early afternoon hours as they tend to take longer and require more direct contact between doctor and patient. The initial bonding (i.e. the day braces are first placed) usually takes 1 to 2 hours.


Q: Does the office accept insurance?
Most major dental insurances are accepted by our office. These include those for the military, government workers, teachers and most major industries. Our office will be glad to assist in filing insurance forms and in many cases will allow direct assignment of benefits to our office.


Q: What happens when treatment is complete?
: All of our patients enter a two year retention program following completion of fixed orthodontic treatment. Retainers are delivered at the end of treatment, final records are taken and reviewed and periodic follow up visits are scheduled to assure the beautiful result achieved with the braces will last for a life time.


Q: What happens if a patient is not ready for treatment?
We place all patients who are not ready for treatment in our “Orthodontic Guidance Program”. This allows patients to be recalled to the office periodically at no additional charge in order to assess their status in terms of the orthodontic development. It is our goal to not start any patient until it is the most opportune time to treat them.  By waiting for this time, a treatment plan which is the most efficient and economical can be delivered. We prefer to wait until we can give the best care, at the best time, for the best value!


Q: What colors are available for braces?
Every color imaginable!! We have a selection of orthodontic ties in every color of the rainbow which we make available to our patients. Those patients with the new Damon brackets, which do not require ties to hold the wires in place, are also given their choice of colors if it does not compromise the timeliness of the treatment planned or interfere with the movement of the teeth during the early stages. We like our patients to enjoy their treatment with us and we do what we can to make it a relaxed and oftentimes fun visit.


Q: What happens if an appointment must be missed or cancelled?
We request our patients to call us as soon as possible if there is an unexpected change in their schedule.  If the office is closed, you may leave a message to cancel your appointment on our answering machine. You may then call back to reschedule your appointment or request our office call you to reschedule another appointment.  If appointments are cancelled in adequate time, patients requesting sooner visits can often be accommodated. The sooner an appointment is rescheduled, the sooner a new appointment can be made which will keep treatment progress proceeding at a rate necessary for a timely finish. One of the primary causes for extended treatment times is missing appointments. Extended delay in rescheduling a cancelled or missed appointment delays treatment progress even further. So if an appointment must be missed, please call to cancel and reschedule as soon as possible.


Q: Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?
: In the majority of cases, no, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.


Q: What will I learn from the initial examination?
There are six essential questions that we will cover during the initial examination:

  1. Is there an orthodontic problem and, if so, what is it?
  2. What must be done to correct the problem?
  3. Will any teeth need to be removed?
  4. How much pain is involved with braces?
  5. How long will the treatment take to complete?
  6. How much will the investment in treatment cost?


Q: Are there foods that I cannot eat while I have braces?
Yes. Once treatment begins, we will give instructions on how to take care of the braces and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid (i.e. caramel and taffy). You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.


Q: How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?
Patients should brush their teeth at least five times each day – this includes as soon as you get up in the morning and after each meal and before going to bed. We will show each patient how to brush and floss their teeth with braces and may also provide a prescription for a special fluoride rinse, if necessary.


Q: Will my child need an expander or head gear?
At the completion of the initial examination, the doctor will determine whether a patient will need some type of expander and/or head gear.


Q: Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?
Yes, in the majority of cases. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.


Q: What should be done in an emergency situation?
If an orthodontic emergency arises (broken braces resulting in a poking wire, something cutting or preventing closure of the mouth) call our office number… (313) 272-0506. Instructions concerning contacting our paging system will be given. Call our pager and someone will return your call as soon as possible. Obviously, if an emergency is of a life threatening nature it is advised to call 911 immediately or visit the nearest emergency room.


Q: What do I do to get started?
: Call us at (313) 272-0506 as soon as possible for a complimentary evaluation appointment. When you come for the first appointment you will be met by one of the treatment coordinators who will brief you about the visit. Then Doctor Brown will examine you (or your child) and determine the best course of treatment. If necessary, diagnostic records (digital photos, X-Rays and impressions) will be taken to help with the evaluation.

Contact Us

Brown Orthodontic Specialist, P.C.
18930 Greenfield Rd.
Detroit, MI 48235


Phone: (313) 272-0506
Fax: (313) 272-0509


Office Hours:
Tuesday 9:30am to 5:30pm
Wednesday 9:30am to 5:30pm
Thursday 9:30am to 5:30pm


Your scheduled appointment time has been reserved specifically for you. We request 24-hours notice if you need to cancel your appointment. We are aware that unforeseen events sometimes require missing an appointment. We really appreciate your cooperation in notifying the office as soon as possible if it is necessary to miss your reserved appointment.



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