We look forward to meeting you on your first visit to our office. During this time, we will help you get acquainted with our office and learn about your orthodontic needs. We understand that each patient’s orthodontic treatment is different, and we promise to give you the personal attention you deserve. Your first orthodontic visit will consist of an examination and discussion of potential treatment options. This important visit will address your orthodontic needs to determine if this is the proper time to begin treatment.
After we have evaluated your records, we conduct a treatment consultation to explain all aspects of your treatment in detail. We will provide a complete clinical diagnosis regarding the nature of the problem, a written summary of the findings and a detailed plan that outlines your treatment, goals and estimated fees. We encourage questions from both the patient and the parent, and as such, we provide ample time to answer your questions.
We want our patients to leave the office with a clear understanding of their treatment plan, probable length of care, and our strong commitment to them.
Braces are an important investment and Central Florida Orthodontic Specialists wants to make your decision to receive orthodontic care affordable. Central Florida Orthodontic Specialists offers complimentary consultations that include an examination, x-rays and a discussion of recommended treatment.
For your convenience, Central Florida Orthodontic Specialists offers a variety of flexible payment plans with low monthly payments. Payments are due each month, regardless of when appointments are scheduled. Check with Central Florida Orthodontic Specialists office staff if you have any questions or would like to obtain more specific information.
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AUTOMATIC BANK DRAFT
Set up your monthly payment to be automatically withdrawn on an agreed upon date each month from your checking or savings account. Please provide us with a voided check or deposit slip at your first appointment.
AUTOMATIC CREDIT CARD DEBIT
Monthly payments will automatically be charged to your credit card. Central Florida Orthodontic Specialists accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express. Please provide us with your card information at your first appointment.
CASH DISCOUNT OPTION
A full payment within 30 days of the initial banding appointment will result in a discount. Not to be combined with any other offers or discounts.
We accept and courtesy file most insurances. Please provide us with your insurance information at your first appointment.
These are just a few of the insurances accepted by Central Florida Orthodontic Specialists:
We also accept many more insurance plans! If your provider is not listed, please call our office for more information.
The braces may feel a little awkward at first, and the teeth may be tender or sensitive to pressure. This is completely normal and will go away soon. It may feel as though the braces are “sticking out,” but this sensation will also soon pass. Small pieces of orthodontic wax may be used if the brackets irritate cheek tissues. The orthodontic office always has extra wax in case you run out, so call them if you need more.
Many patients will experience some discomfort at first, but the soreness will go away within the first few days or even hours after getting braces. It is impossible to predict exactly when the tenderness will end. Some patients choose to take over the counter pain relievers the first day of treatment to lessen the discomfort. To ensure the best result take the medications before your appointment.
Braces are attached to your teeth with a strong adhesive, but may become loose as a result of eating certain foods. It is also possible that wires could become bent or broken without proper care. Since it is best to achieve orthodontic treatment goals with as few disruptions as possible, a well-balanced diet is important to ensure a healthy environment for your teeth.
Patients should avoid foods that are sticky, hard or chewy. They should also avoid any food and drinks that are known to cause cavities. Patients should brush, floss and rinse their mouth regularly between meals.
The foods below are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances and are examples of what NOT to eat: gum, beef jerky, nuts, hard or sticky candy, corn chips, crisp taco shells, whole apples, celery, caramel, taffy, popcorn, soft drinks & candy bars.
Eating restricted foods may cause problems which will result in extra visits for repairs and will ultimately extend the length of treatment. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy these restricted foods after completing your treatment. Any specific questions about food choices should be directed to your orthodontist and staff. Patients should see their general dentist regularly while wearing braces.
Insert floss behind arch wire. Gently clean sides of teeth and under gums with an up-and-down motion. Floss between all teeth once a day.
At Central Florida Orthodontic Specialists, we know your time is precious. In an effort to save you time, please click the links below to fill out our New Patient forms ahead of time. Bring the completed form to your initial consultation so that we can help you in the most efficient way possible.
Our consultation days are designed to provide our patients with the overall practice experience, and will last longer than a normal visit. We ask all patients to allocate at least (2) hours to complete the initial consultation visit. Patients should be prepared to meet with the doctor for an examination, have x-rays taken, and consult with a financial adviser. If you have orthodontic insurance, please bring your insurance card and provide a valid state issued ID.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF A PERSON NEEDS ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
It is usually difficult to know if treatment is necessary because there are many problems that can occur even though the front teeth look straight. Asking your general dentist is good reference, but we are the best resource since orthodontics and braces are all we do. The initial exam at Central Florida Orthodontic Specialists is complimentary and hence, it only makes sense to schedule a consultation with us and we will be happy to give necessary recommendations.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS OF ORTHODONTIC PROBLEMS?
Although determining treatment needs is difficult for you to assess, the following may help in prompting you to seek Dr. Kopuri’s advice. Look at the teeth at any age. If you see any signs of crooked teeth, gaps between your child’s teeth or overlapping teeth, orthodontic treatment is needed.
Bite all the way down, but keep your lips open so you can see the teeth. Do the front top teeth line up with the bottom? Do the top teeth protrude out away from the bottom teeth? Do the top front teeth cover more than 50% of the bottom teeth? Are the top teeth behind the bottom teeth? All of these are indicators that orthodontic treatment may be necessary.
Look at the alignment of the jaws. Does the jaw shift off center during biting down? If you see any misalignment or shifting of the jaw, it suggests a skeletal or jaw bone problem, which requires early orthodontic intervention.
These are only some of the obvious symptoms of orthodontic problems.
AT WHAT AGE SHOULD AN ORTHODONTIST SEE MY CHILD? DO ALL BABY TEETH HAVE TO FALL BEFORE INITIATING ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child be evaluated by age seven. Hence all baby teeth need not be gone before initiating orthodontic treatment. In fact, early detection of some orthodontic problems is important in order to take early preventive/interceptive action and avoid more difficult treatment later. Early treatment also potentially prevents extraction of teeth which is needed in some cases if the teeth get very crowded. Again, since our initial consultation is complimentary, it helps to get a consult as soon as possible.
CAN YOU BE TOO OLD FOR BRACES?
No, age is not a factor. So long as the gums and bone which support your teeth are healthy, one can get orthodontic or braces treatment at any age. About 30% of our orthodontic patients are adults and that number is still growing! Our oldest patient treated was 78 years old.
WILL ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT HURT?
Orthodontic treatment mechanics have advanced technologically over the last few years. Introduction of new high tech wires, smaller braces, innovative accessories and stress of preventive/interceptive treatments make today’s orthodontic treatment fairly comfortable. We do not use anesthetic injections for any of the procedures. As a rule, braces can cause a little discomfort initially until one gets used to them. Teeth may be a little sore a day after every adjustment appointment but they are not painful. This annoyance can be relieved easily with over-the-counter pain relievers, if needed. Most of our patients do not need to take any pain relievers.
CAN I STILL HAVE BRACES IF I HAVE MISSING TEETH?
Yes. When teeth are missing, adjacent teeth will drift into the empty space. This will cause a functional, aesthetic or periodontal problem. Orthodontic treatment will correct and prevent these problems from happening and will also provide proper alignment for your dentist to replace the missing teeth.
WHAT IS PHASE I (EARLY INTERCEPTIVE TREATMENT) AND PHASE II TREATMENT?
Phase I or Early Interceptive Treatment usually starts while the child has most of their baby teeth with few of their permanent teeth. The goal of Phase I treatment is to intercept moderate or severe orthodontic problems early in order to reduce or eliminate them. These problems include jaw bone problems, cross bites and developing crowding. Generally we use expanders, removable appliances, herbst appliances (instead of headgear) and retainers during this phase. These treatment approaches take advantage of the active growth to change the jaw bone structure to either make extra room or address jaw bone discrepancies.
WHAT IS FULL OR COMPREHENSIVE ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
This is another name for orthodontic treatment in the permanent dentition at any age. It is more commonly used when a Phase I treatment was not performed.
DOES EVERYONE NEED A PHASE I TREATMENT?
Absolutely not! But in many cases early intervention helps. We will offer Phase I treatment only if it makes a difference in the future. Otherwise we keep the patients for a complimentary recall consultation every six months.
WHAT IS THE LENGTH OR DURATION OF ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
At Central Florida Orthodontic Specialists, Phase I treatment usually lasts 12-14 months. Phase II or full braces treatment may last from 18 to 36 months. In both situations, we generally see the patients every 6 to 8 weeks for their adjustment appointment.
Treatment time and its success depends on multiple factors such as, age of the patient, the severity of the problem, the patient’s cooperation and the speed of natural response of teeth movement.
WHAT ARE EXTRACTION AND NON-EXTRACTION THERAPY, AND WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF EACH?
Extraction therapy is a technique where some teeth are removed to make room for the other teeth in your child’s mouth. This is in contrast to non-extraction therapy where one expands the patient’s jaw and/or shaves some teeth to reduce their width to make everything fit. We will make a thorough evaluation at the consultation and discuss the options to determine which procedure best suits the patient.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BRACES?
There are different variations of braces you can choose from.
Metal braces are the most traditional type of braces. Patients love using different colors of ligature ties. These braces are much smaller than ever before.
Translucent clear ceramic braces are the most popular with adults. You have to be very close to someone to be able to see them. Yet, because they are a ceramic material, they are more fragile and have some limitations. We will discuss these choices of braces at the consultation appointment.
The Invisalign system is becoming a very popular method of orthodontic treatment for adults who are candidates. They consist of a series of clear orthodontic appliances called aligners that allow you to straighten your teeth without having to wear traditional braces. Each set of custom-made aligners is worn for about two weeks and moves the teeth in small steps to the desired final position. However all orthodontic patients are not candidates for this treatment option. For more information about Invisalign, please give Central Florida Orthodontic Specialists’ office a call to make an appointment for a complimentary exam to see if you are a candidate for this exciting new system.
IS ORTHODONTIC CARE EXPENSIVE? DO YOU HAVE A PAYMENT PLAN?
Central Florida Orthodontic Specialists innovative business model is very unique which makes braces or orthodontic treatment affordable.
We offer financial payment plans to our patients with the option of “NO DOWN PAYMENT” and affordable monthly payments. We do not charge any interest. We have found that the initial down payment charged by traditional orthodontists is prohibitive to many hard working families especially with multiple family members who could benefit from orthodontic treatment.
Central Florida Orthodontic Specialists is proud to employ a staff of experienced orthodontic professionals in the Orlando, Melbourne, and Rockledge areas. Our staff is specially trained to provide outstanding orthodontic services to our patients. Our commitment to excellent service includes not only great orthodontic treatment, but also a warm, friendly office atmosphere. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your treatment, please do not hesitate to ask one of our knowledgeable team members. Our orthodontic professionals want you to experience the best in orthodontic care.
Dr. Kopuri and all the staff is amazing. With myself and two daughters all in braces, we visit the office quite frequently. We are always greeted with a smile and they are always so helpful with anything we may need. I would recommend anyone to be treated by Dr. Kopuri!- Amber R.
My son has been coming here for his braces the past few years… I would highly recommend anyone needing orthodontic care, to please contact them for impeccable services!- Amy S.
Dr. Kopuri and her staff make you feel like family. The staff explain things thoroughly. The office is well run and organized, and appointments are on time. Excellent customer service! Absolutely adore them. Love you ladies!!!!- Seresaa S.
The team here an the doctor are incredible, very friendly and very reasonable as far as price. Thank you guys for this amazing experience!- Beth C.
This is my second time doing any dental work with CFOS and it just as great as the first time. The front desk staff are extremely pleasant, the doctor and the tech are also very attentive and gentle.- Juan F.