FAQ

What Are The Office Hours?

For your convenience and continuity of care, Dr. Busch’s practice is in only one location — this office! This allows a good selection of hours for your appointments:

  • Tuesday: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Thursday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Saturday: 7:00 AM – 12:00 AM

* Actual schedule may vary slightly depending on school schedules and holidays.

Thank you for reviewing our most frequently asked questions. If you have any questions, please let us know. We are here to answer your questions and help in your orthodontic decisions.

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How Long Will My Treatment Take?

An average full treatment orthodontic case takes approximately 18 to 30 months to complete. Please give orthodontic appointments priority to keep your treatment on schedule.

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How Frequent Are The Appointments?

The frequency of your visits depends upon the phase of treatment. Based on individual treatment needs and the type of treatment, visits will be from three to eight weeks apart.

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What Special Training Do The Doctors Have In Orthodontics?

Dr. Busch has completed a 4-year dental school program followed by a 2-year American Dental Association accredited program in the specialty of orthodontics. He has a degree in orthodontics, and also a specialty license to exclusively practice orthodontics in Illinois.

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What Are The Financial Considerations?

There is a broad range of fees for orthodontic treatment in our practice.

All fees are determined by case difficulty and individual therapeutic requirements. There will be a fee reduction when more than one family member is in treatment.

We offer a variety of affordable payment plan options for your convenience.

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What Are Orthodontic Diagnostic Records?

Standard Records Include:

  • Digital photographs
  • Orthodontic study models
  • Cephalometric profile head x-ray

Additional Records May Include:

  • Panoramic x-ray
  • PA Cephalogram (posterior-anterior) is a front head x-ray.
  • TMJ X-rays or Tomograms of the jaw joint used to diagnose malpositions of the joint.
  • Other — occasionally other records may be prescribed by the doctor to aid in monitoring growth or other factors affecting treatment.
  • Treatment Conference — Approximately 2-3 weeks following your records appointment, a conference will be scheduled to review your treatment plan and discuss the financial arrangements.

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What “Quality of Treatment" Components Are An Integral Part of Your Practice?

  1. A licensed, trained and highly qualified orthodontist is available five days per week.
  2. Our staff is available to monitor oral health, communicate updated information to your general dentist's office, and integrate your orthodontic treatment with your dentist's preventive program. Regular cleanings should be scheduled by you with your general dentist or periodontists.
  3. Highly skilled and trained dental assistants to work with the doctors and educate the patients regarding treatment procedures during each visit. Several of our assistants are certified by the Dental Assistants National Board. (Many of our assistants have been on staff for four to twelve years or longer.)
  4. An experienced business management staff to provide carefully planned appointment scheduling, detailed consultation prior to the initiation of treatment outlining available payment options, and updated information regarding your account. In addition, we will provide, on request, a super-bill form for you to submit to your insurance company; these forms include all information required by the insurance company to complete your claim.
  5. Sterilization procedures approved by the ADA. All tissues contact instruments are autoclaved; disposable supplies are used whenever possible.
  6. The most reliable and effective orthodontic treatment techniques are employed to facilitate excellent treatment results.
  7. Up-to-date computer systems to aid in record maintenance, scheduling and to process your account.

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Are all orthodontists Board Certified?

No. All orthodontists must be licensed to practice, however board certification is a voluntary achievement that all orthodontists do not choose to pursue. In order to become board certified by the ABO, an individual orthodontist is thoroughly interviewed by a highly respected panel of examiners to demonstrate their orthodontic knowledge, clinical skills and judgment. The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certification process signifies a unique achievement—a significant step beyond the two to three years of advanced education required for a dentist to become a specialist in orthodontics. The process requires the orthodontist to demonstrate actual accomplishments in patient care with detailed case reports on the treatment provided for a broad range of patient problems.

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How many certifying boards are recognized by the American Dental Association in the specialty of orthodontics?

One. The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) is the only certifying board in the specialty that is recognized by the American Dental Association. The ABO was founded in 1929 and is the oldest specialty board in dentistry. The board’s purpose is to elevate the quality of orthodontic care for the public by promoting excellence through certification, education and professional collaboration.

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Why would an orthodontist choose to complete this voluntary certification process?

Successful completion of the examination process demonstrates the orthodontist’s highest commitment to excellence in orthodontics – to both the orthodontic profession and the general public. It represents a commitment by a licensed specialist that he/she has the necessary knowledge base and skills to treat patients to the highest of standards. It exemplifies a practitioner’s commitment to continue to keep abreast of the latest advances in patient care, and to continue to deliver these latest advances to patients. Many orthodontists see it as a demonstration of their dedication to the specialty and the highest level of personal achievement.

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What steps are required to complete the ABO certification process?

Since the establishment of the ABO in 1929, the certification process requirements have continued to adjust to the demands of the specialty. Today, the process involves a thorough Written Examination (240 questions) covering all areas of information which an orthodontist should be knowledgeable. Successful completion of this “board exam” allows the orthodontist to proceed to the Clinical Examination where they present detailed case reports from their practice/residency, demonstrating a history of excellence in patient care. These cases are evaluated by a panel of examiners and later discussed during an oral examination where the applicant is tested on a wide variety of academic and clinical topics. After successful completion of these examinations, the orthodontist has officially achieved Board Certification, for a time-limited period. The orthodontist must go through Certification Renewal every 10 years to maintain their certification status by demonstrating this continued level of patient care.

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For further information about The American Board of Orthodontics and Board Certification, click here.