Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. After completing 4 years of dental education, orthodontic specialists complete an additional 2-3 years of training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.
Dr. Wigal attended the WVU School of Dentistry for 4 years, graduating at the top of his class. He was accepted into the orthodontic residency program at WVU for an additional 3 years and earned a specialty certificate in orthodontics as well as a Master of Science in Orthodontics (M.S.) degree.
No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition. Dr. Wigal's initial consultations are free of charge, so if you feel your child might need braces, schedule a consultation today! We understand that these are free consultations, and they are non-binding. We will not recommend treatment unless it is necessary.
A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is "too old" to wear braces!
It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. We will cover the exact cost and financial options during the initial examination. We have many financing options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review these with you. We will also review your insurance policy and help to maximize your benefit and file your claims.
Yes, we utilize a state-of-the-art digital radiography machine. Our digital X-ray machine emits up to 90% less radiation than traditional film X-ray machines, which means this method is much safer for the patient. Also, the digital images are much clearer, helping us to give you a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
We offer many different types of braces. Along with the traditional metal braces option, you can choose from aesthetically-pleasing ceramic braces or clear Invisalign® aligners! These options are transparent and tend to "blend in" with the color of your teeth. Dr. Wigal will discuss all your treatment options during your initial consultation.
Generally, braces do not "hurt." After certain visits, teeth and gums may be sore for a few days. In these situations, over-the-counter pain medications will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all! With the newest treatment options, we often remind our patients, "It does not have to hurt to work!"
Yes! We recommend wearing a mouthguard for all sports. We will give you a braces-friendly mouthguard, and we also suggest that patients without braces wear mouthguards, too! There's no harm in being cautious when protecting your smile!
Yes! You may want to practice more so you can adjust to playing your instrument while wearing braces. With time, you will be back to playing like normal!