Frequently Asked Questions for Your Orthodontist
For orthodontic appointments & information, call us at 608-848-0820.
What makes First Choice Dental Orthodontists unique?
Our Madison Orthodontists are among Invisalign's™ Premier Providers.
- Dr. Santos was voted one of the top 3 Orthodontists by her peers in Madison Magazine's Best of Madison Orthodontists list.
- Our staff are continually educating themselves in the newest techniques and appliances to make your treatment faster and more pleasant.
- We are able to coordinate orthodontic adjustments with hygiene appointments for fewer trips to the office. Many times we can also remove wires for a more thorough cleaning.
Do First Choice Dental Orthodontists Take My Insurance?
We accept most insurances. We’d be happy to answer questions on your specific insurance.
Is there a charge for the orthodontists' exam?
No, we do not charge any fee for the initial orthodontics exam.
Do Braces hurt?
There can be discomfort when moving teeth. Ibuprofen or Tylenol is sufficient and recommended for these times.
What do I do if I have an emergency and your orthodontist's office isn’t open?
Please call our ‘Ortho’ number. The message will instruct you as to what protocol to follow. That number is 608-848-0820.
Can I eat or drink with my Invisalign® aligners in?
We do not recommend eating with the aligners in. You can only drink warm or cold water with your aligners in. You should remove your aligners to drink any other beverages.
How often do I have to be seen for orthodontist appointments?
The usual period between adjustments is 6 weeks. However, this can be longer or shorter depending on your specific treatment.
I don’t want to miss school/work for orthodontist appointments. What are my options?
It is recommended that you bring your work/school schedule with you to each appointment. We do our best to accommodate before/after work/school appointments, but there are times when mid-day appointments may be necessary. We will do our best to find a time for you during a late-start or early release day if possible.
What are my options for paying for orthodontist treatment?
First Choice is always actively seeking ways to make Orthodontics accessible to everyone who seeks treatment. We offer in-house financing as well as financing through a company called Care Credit. You can find more information, and apply online, at www.carecredit.com
How many Orthodontists does First Choice Dental employ?
First Choice has one full time Orthodontist. Dr. Sarah Santos cares for patients at our Verona and Regent Street locations.
What is the difference between an Orthodontist and a General Dentist?
Orthodontists are first trained as a dentist and then complete a program that trains specifically in Orthodontics. This program is usually 2-3 years in addition to the dental training.