Pembroke Pines & Plantation, FL’s Favorite Orthodontist For Braces
What To Expect At Lucas Orthodontics of Pembroke Pines & Plantation, FL
We can’t wait to welcome you to our Pembroke Pines & Plantation, FL, orthodontics offices and to our Lucas Orthodontics family! Upon your arrival, Dr. Albert Lucas will conduct a thorough clinical orthodontic examination and explain all aspects of possible orthodontic treatment for you.
The Purpose Of The Initial Examination Is To Answer:
- What sort of problem is present, if any?
- When is the proper time to begin braces and orthodontic treatment?
- What type of treatment is indicated?
- How long will orthodontic treatment take?
- How much will braces and orthodontic treatment cost?
New Patient Forms
Please take a minute to print and fill out the Lucas Orthodontics patient information form before your first appointment:
- Patient Form (Child) Adobe PDF | Microsoft Word Document
- Patient Form (Adult) Adobe PDF | Microsoft Word Document
- Patient Form (Child & Adult) Adobe PDF | Microsoft Word Document
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If orthodontic treatment and braces are needed, your appointment for Diagnostic Records is scheduled. If time allows, these diagnostic records can be taken at the initial visit.
What Are Diagnostic Records?
- Study models of your teeth
- Panoramic and cephalogram radiographs and tracings
- Doctor’s studying the diagnostic records and determining the best course of orthodontic treatment and braces
What Is The Cost Of Braces & Orthodontic Treatment?
We work hard to make braces and orthodontic treatment affordable; however the cost of treatment will depend upon the severity of the patient’s problem. Our coordinator Shimeka will discuss all fees and payment options with you to help you choose the best plan!
What Does Your Investment Include?
Your investment includes:
- Orthodontic records, which consists of x-rays, study models, and a personalized growth study workup to determine your treatment objectives.
- Active treatment fee for both early treatment options and complete comprehensive treatment with braces or Invisalign® including all appliances, orthodontic office visits, and procedures performed in our Pembroke Pines and Plantation, FL, orthodontic offices. Braces are durable and should last through the entire treatment period if the patient follows instructions. If appliances require replacement due to loss, breakage, misuse, or failure to eliminate foods that cause damage, we reserve the right to charge an additional replacement fee.
- One set of final retainers for our comprehensive (Phase II) patients is provided upon completion of your braces and orthodontic treatment. There is a replacement fee for each additional retainer that is lost or broken.
What Doesn’t Your Investment For Braces & Orthodontic Treatment Include?
- Work performed at other dental offices outside our orthodontic practices in Pembroke Pines or Plantation, FL.
- If an accident or injury occurs during treatment which results in TMJ (Temporo-Mandibular-Joint) complications, additional orthodontics, orthognathic surgery, etc., a fee adjustment may be required to complete treatment under these unusual circumstances.
Assignment Of Benefits
We accept assignment of benefits for most insurance plans. By doing this, the family’s out-of-pocket expense is substantially lower. If we do not accept assignment of benefits from your plan, we will be happy to file claims so that the insured can be reimbursed directly. Should there be any change in your policy prior to full payment of the insurance benefit, please contact our orthodontic office immediately so adjustments may be made to your contract.
Office Hours In Our Pembroke Pines & Plantation, FL, Orthodontic Offices
It is our goal to see you on time for every appointment. We request that all patients arrive on time to avoid any delays in braces and orthodontic treatment. Your cooperation and consideration with appointments is greatly appreciated by our Pembroke Pines and Plantation, FL, orthodontic offices and the patients that are seen after you!
Do you charge for an initial visit?
No. As a courtesy to you and your family dentist, we will always discuss the feasibility of braces or tooth straightening without charging a fee. There may be a co-payment for X-rays and other diagnostic procedures. To ensure you have a complimentary Lucas Smile Analysis, click here to download, and print your $250 Savings Certificate.
At what age do you start seeing patients for braces and orthodontic treatment?
As a rule of thumb, we like to evaluate young patients for braces and orthodontic treatment typically between the ages of 6 and 8. This is congruent with what The American Association of Orthodontists recommends — after the 6-year molars erupt and the front permanent teeth just begin to appear.
Why do you evaluate patients so young?
The purpose of an early evaluation is to inform and observe, rather than start braces and orthodontic treatment. A small percentage of this young group may need some form of intervention. The earlier we see your child, the more options we will also have for treatment as habits are evaluated and eventual needs are identified and discussed.
How long will the first visit take?
The first visit can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on how ready the patient is for treatment. We may only do a visual exam and explain the situation or we may suggest one or more X-rays with complete diagnostics, including casts of the teeth with photographs.
Do you take patients transferring from out of town?
Yes. We handle a patient transferring into our Pembroke Pines or Plantation, FL, orthodontic office from another city just like a new patient. We gather complete diagnostic records to show the current status and propose treatment to complete the work that has been started.
Do you have any adult patients for braces?
Absolutely! In fact, with newer cosmetic appliances, a growing percentage of our patients with braces are adults.
What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?
Orthodontists are specially trained dentists who have completed several extra years of training in order to help straighten teeth. You might say we specialize in smiles. All orthodontists are dentists, but only 6% of dentists are orthodontists.
Can I make all my appointments in the afternoon after school and late in the day?
Some procedures may need to be accomplished between the hours of 9:00am to 3:00pm. However, early and late appointments are available as we will always do our best to work with your schedule and accommodate your family needs.
Do you see patients for emergencies?
Yes, our contact information for an emergency is posted on our website along with the number for our answering machine.
Can we make payments towards braces and orthodontic treatment?
Yes. Whether or not you have insurance or a dental plan, we will structure a convenient, flexible, and affordable payment plan for braces and orthodontic treatment that will allow you to pay for necessary services over a period of time.
How do you handle insurance?
After verification of coverage, we will agree to bill and collect from an insurance carrier. However, we ask patients to understand that if coverage ceases or changes, the patient is still responsible for the agreed upon fee.
Do you take American Express, Master Card and/or Visa?
Yes, we accept all major credit cards.
Do you have direct debit?
Yes, we have arrangements for direct debit, charge card posting, as well as payments over the internet.
Do you charge interest?
No, we do not.
Do you give family discounts for braces and orthodontic treatment?
Yes, we have special programs for multiple patients from the same family for braces and orthodontic treatment.
Three Affordable, Interest-Free Payment Options
It is our mission to provide you with affordable, high-quality braces and orthodontic treatment that fits your budget! We offer a variety of payment options for braces to meet your needs. At Lucas Orthodontics, we don’t ever want finances to stand in the way of your braces and orthodontic treatment.
We always accept payment-in-full for orthodontic services rendered and provide a discount to our patients that prefer this payment method.
We offer in-house financing with an affordable down payment and interest-free monthly payments for braces and orthodontic treatment. Our treatment coordinator will discuss all your options at your first visit or when treatment is ready to begin.
If your insurance covers braces and orthodontic treatment, you will receive the benefit of reduced personal costs. Many employers offer dental insurance with lifetime orthodontic benefits that are distinct from regular dental insurance.
Orthodontic insurance policies vary and we will review your insurance to determine the appropriate course of action. Once treatment has begun, we will file your claims.
To help us with your insurance filing, please complete the insurance questions on our questionnaire. Please remember that orthodontic insurance is a benefit for you or your child. However, if during the course of treatment your benefits change or are terminated, the financially responsible party is accountable for all charges no longer covered by your plan.
Types Of Braces & Orthodontic Treatment
Traditional Metal Braces
For many of our patients, traditional metal braces are still the best option for transforming their smiles. While this might not be the newest most cutting-edge type of braces, the materials in these metal braces are now stronger and more resilient to wear and tear than ever before. These metal braces are incredibly effective and can fix some of the most difficult cases. Brackets are adhered to your teeth with an archwire which will appear straight when your treatment is complete. The archwire running through the brackets is held on by colored bands which can be customized based on your favorite color, sports team, or holiday!
Ceramic braces are another type of braces and orthodontic treatment, popular in patients who are looking for more discreet treatment. They are made of a clear ceramic composite which (contrary to rumors) does not stain upon eating or drinking your favorite foods. They are typically larger than metal braces, however because of the color they are still able to blend in with your teeth for less noticeable orthodontic treatment.
Invisible Braces for Adults and Teens in Plantation and Pembroke Pines, Florida
Dr. Albert Lucas has been a certified Invisalign® treatment provider in Plantation and Pembroke Pines, FL, since 1999, and he has been recognized as an Elite Invisalign Provider since 2016. Lucas Orthodontics has proudly helped over 1,000 patients transform their smiles with Invisalign®.
If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign® invisible braces in Plantation or Pembroke Pines, FL, contact our orthodontic office and schedule your 100% no-obligation Lucas Smile Analysis.
What Is Invisalign®?
- Completely invisible – Invisalign® clear aligners cannot be seen while you’re wearing them! Friends, family members, and co-workers may never even know you are wearing braces, unless you choose to tell them!
- Comfortable to wear – The clear aligners are made from a special plastic that has smooth, rounded edges so they won’t irritate your mouth and tissues like traditional braces often can.
- Customized just for you – Your Invisalign® aligners are customized to fit your mouth. Orthodontist Dr. Lucas uses advanced 3-D computer imaging technology to replicate an exact impression of your mouth and teeth, then he customizes each aligner so that it fits your mouth, and over time moves your teeth into the proper position.
- Removable – Unlike traditional metal braces, you can remove your clear aligners to eat, drink, brush your teeth, floss and for special occasions. Invisalign® is great for professionals, athletes, brides, and parents.
- Effective – You will begin to notice a significant difference even before your treatment is complete! Most treatments are complete within one year; however this can vary from patient to patient. Office visits and checkups are easy, quick, and painless. You will also need to schedule fewer appointments in our Pembroke Pines or Plantation, FL, orthodontic offices throughout your entire treatment.
How Will The Plastic Invisalign® Aligners Straighten My Teeth?
The most commonly asked question from our patients is “how long will this treatment take?” With traditional metal braces, treatment times can take between 18 and 30 months; but with an Invisalign® treatment, it may only take between nine to 15 months. That’s almost half the time!
When you begin your Invisalign® treatment you will receive several sets of custom fit aligners. Each set of clear aligners are worn for only two weeks. After two weeks you can switch your aligners with the next set and continue straightening your teeth. Over time you will notice changes in the alignment of your teeth, and in just a few months you will have a straighter, healthier smile!
Dr. Albert Lucas is a Certified Invisalign Teen® Provider in Plantation & Pembroke Pines, Florida
Bummed out about having braces? Invisalign Teen® gives you a whole new way to wear braces for a “clearly” amazing smile!
You have enough to worry about . . .
. . .now you or your teen needs braces too?
The team has a game this Friday night; homecoming is in a month and what about the yearbook pictures?!
Don’t stress; with Invisalign Teen® you won’t need to turn down any dates, wear a paper bag over your head, or hide out in your room for two years! Invisalign Teen® aligners are a perfect fit for your lifestyle, because aligners are:
- Super comfortable
- Customized just for you
- Covered by the Lucas Invisalign Teen Guarantee!
Pizza, Popcorn… no Problem! You probably thought that getting braces means you won’t be able to eat any of the foods you want. Although that may be true for traditional metal braces, with Invisalign Teen® you can eat anything! Your Invisalign Teen® aligners are removable, which means you can go ahead and eat all the things you love without worrying about breaking a bracket or losing a rubber band.
Relax with our Lucas Invisalign Teen Guarantee! Parents, are you concerned that your teen may not be compliant with their Invisalign treatment? No worries! If, after 1 to 3 months, Dr. Lucas can tell that your child hasn’t been wearing their aligners properly, he will fit them with traditional, semi-permanent braces at no additional cost to you.
Invisalign® aligners are really comfortable and very durable. They fit in with any of your extracurricular activities. So whether you’re swimming the 50 meter race, out on the field kicking the soccer ball, or playing the flute with the school band, you don’t have to worry about your braces getting in the way!
Call today to schedule your 100% no-obligation Lucas Smile Analysis!
You Are Your Best Investment
How much does Invisalign® cost?
There are many factors that determine the cost of your Invisalign® treatment: how extensive the issues you want corrected, how long your treatment plan will last, and the specific treatment details prescribed by Pembroke Pines & Plantation orthodontist, Dr. Albert Lucas. We strive to make Invisalign® affordable to everyone and will work with you and your insurance on specific payment options and plans to suit your needs.
Invisalign® Payment Options
- Low down payment options available
- Finance free extended monthly payments to fit your budget
- Various payment arrangements to coincide with your Flex Plan needs
- Most major credit cards accepted
If your dental plan covers orthodontic treatment, you may also qualify for Invisalign®. Talk to your insurance provider to determine the extent of coverage for your treatment.
Call today to schedule your 100% no-obligation Lucas Smile Analysis!
Do retainers need to be worn after braces?
Yes, retainers are worn full-time for about 6 months followed by nighttime wear indefinitely.
Why can teeth become crooked after wearing braces or aligners?
Teeth move throughout life whether you have worn braces or not. It is part of the natural aging process. This is why retainer wear is recommended indefinitely to maintain your orthodontic results over lifetime.
How about retainers glued to the backs of teeth?
For some patients, permanent retainers are attached to the back of lower teeth to keep them in place. This requires special hygiene procedures and regular visits to the family dentist.
What are the health benefits of wearing braces?
Braces and orthodontic treatment helps to improve the comfort of the bite, make it easier to brush and floss your teeth for good dental health, and many times helps to balance the facial musculature. The positive self-esteem benefits are immeasurable.
How do enlarged adenoids and allergies affect braces?
Mouth breathing, as a result of enlarged adenoids or tonsils or allergies, may cause your upper and lower jaws to grow apart and elongate facial form during growth, resulting in crowding and often narrow arches.
How does a tongue thrust or low tongue posture affect braces?
The effects are similar to enlarged adenoids. Plus, the pressure on front teeth from the tongue thrusting can aggravate protrusion and spacing.
Occasionally, some patients will experience an injury to the mouth during orthodontic treatment. Dental emergencies while wearing braces or other orthodontic appliances generally fall into two categories.
Emergencies Related To Orthodontic Appliances
Sometimes, braces might be broken or bent during your orthodontic care. If there are any disturbances, such as loose bands, loose brackets, broken or poking wires, please call our orthodontic office for an appointment during patient hours. For your convenience and the convenience of scheduled patients, it is not possible to handle emergencies on a walk-in basis. In the meantime, here are some helpful hints to remedy some of the problems you may encounter until our Pembroke Pines or Plantation, FL, orthodontic office can see you.
- If a tie wire is irritating your mouth, cover it with bees wax or tuck it under the archwire with a blunt object like a pencil eraser or Q-tip.
- A loose band or bracket can generally be left in place until seen in our office. Call Lucas Orthodontics, during patient hours, when you notice a loose band or bracket. We will schedule you to reattach the loose appliance, if indicated.
- A broken or poking archwire can often be bent in with a pencil eraser or cut with nail clippers. Call our Pembroke Pines or Plantation, Florida, orthodontic office during patient hours if you do not feel the problem has been resolved properly.
Direct Injuries To The Mouth And Teeth
Following a direct injury to your mouth or teeth, whether undergoing orthodontic care or not, immediately ice the injured area and you should contact your regular dentist as soon as possible. Usually an X-ray of the involved tooth or teeth is needed to determine the extent of injury. If a tooth has been displaced, knocked out, or fractured, it is best to contact your family dentist first since we may not have the necessary materials or anesthesia required to treat these injuries. If the appliances are dislodged or displaced, we will need to replace or adjust the appliances as soon as possible after you have seen your general dentist, depending upon the comfort level of the patient.
After Office Hours
If an orthodontic emergency arises where you’re in pain after hours, please contact our Pembroke Pines or Plantation, FL, orthodontic office.