Orthodontic FAQs

When you come to our Porters Neck office in Wilmington, NC office for your first visit, Dr. Matsumoto and our team will give you all of the information you need to undergo a successful, smooth orthodontic treatment process

Use these FAQs to prepare for your consultation or refresh your memory throughout your treatment. If you have any unanswered questions, please feel free to give us a call. We’d love to hear from you!

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No, with Dr. Matsumoto, you have options! We don’t expect every patient to prefer the same treatment route. Each of our patients lives a different lifestyle with different needs.

We offer different types of braces, including advanced BRIUS truly invisible braces, self-ligating metal braces and self-ligating clear ceramic braces, as well as Invisalign clear aligners for all ages!

Whether you prefer a traditional braces look or a more discreet look, we have a treatment option to suit you. Dr. Matsumoto will discuss your options with you to help you make the best decision for you to experience a life-changing smile!

The AAO advises that children receive their first orthodontic screening no later than age 7. Early screenings even at the age of 5 are critical for detecting problematic orthodontic conditions before they progress further. 

Through early detection and early intervention of orthodontic problems, Dr. Matsumoto can minimize the need for future treatment and treat current symptoms related to the teeth or jaw bones. Children whose malocclusions (misalignments) are left untreated may require corrective jaw surgery or an extensive treatment measure in the near future. 

Treating the teeth and jaw bones while they’re still developing is ideal. Our goal is to help you or your child establish a healthy, strong foundation for a beautiful set of permanent teeth to emerge.

There is no fixed answer to, “how much do braces cost?” The cost of treatment will depend on the length of your treatment period and the type of treatment you choose.

We’re proud to offer modern braces options and personalized treatment plans at an affordable price. Our team will work with you to create a custom financial plan that makes you and your wallet happy.

We also offer discounts and accept almost all insurance plans to help you manage the cost of braces. We’re here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams in any way that we can!

Yes! Dental cleanings are still as important as ever. We want to ensure that your teeth and gums are clean and healthy and able to support your new smile for years to come.

Dr. Matsumoto will coordinate with your dentist, if necessary during your treatment process. We advise you to visit your dentist every six months (or as often as your dentist tells you) for regular cleanings and checkups.

We don’t have to know your age to know that you’re not too old for orthodontic treatment! You’re never too old to achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. 

Orthodontic treatment is ideal for anyone who wants to change their future with a more engaging smile!. Adult orthodontic treatment is more common than you may think!

The best way to determine whether you’d benefit from treatment is by scheduling your free exam with Dr. Matsumoto.

Once Dr. Matsumoto assesses your smile, including complimentary x-rays and diagnostic photos, he’ll be able to determine whether orthodontic treatment is necessary or would be beneficial for you.

In the meantime, here are some common signs that indicate a need for treatment:

  • You have crowding or spacing
  • You’re not confident in your smile
  • You have difficulty breathing, or you mouth-breathe often
  • You have difficulty sleeping
  • Your teeth overlap
  • Your top teeth overlap your bottom teeth
  • Your bottom teeth overlap your top teeth
  • You experience persistent soreness in your teeth or gums

Have questions about orthodontics?

We’re here to answer your questions, and we want you to know your options! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time.

Dr. Matsumoto and our experienced team are here to guide you, so you can experience a positive treatment process while you achieve your perfect smile.

Ready to get started? Request your complimentary consultation at our convenient Porters Neck office in Wilmington, NC today!