Frequently Asked Questions

What does the acronym LOA stand for in LOA Orthodontics?

LOA is an acronym for Lancaster Orthodontic Associates, which used to stand for Long Orthodontic Associates. Dr. Ross Long Sr. took over the practice from his father-in-law, Dr. H.K. Cooper, who established one of the first orthodontic practices in Pennsylvania in 1921 in downtown Lititz, PA. Dr. Long Sr. and his two sons, Dr. Rusty Long and Dr. Andy Long, then proceeded to grow the practice on Fruitville Pike into one of the premier orthodontic offices in Southeast Pennsylvania.

How long has LOA Orthodontics been providing services, and what is its historical significance?

LOA Orthodontics has been offering specialist orthodontic services since 1921, making it one of the first orthodontic practices in Pennsylvania.

What is the connection between LOA Orthodontics and the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic?

Dr. Rusty Long, a descendant of LOA’s founding family, is the Director Emeritus of the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, and our current doctors, including Dr. Sarah and Dr. Kristin, dedicate time each week to provide care at the clinic.

What sets LOA Orthodontics apart in terms of its service history?

LOA Orthodontics stands out for its long-standing tradition of orthodontic excellence, having served the community since the early 20th century and adapting to the evolving field of orthodontics.

What qualifications does the orthodontist have?

Our orthodontists are specialists who have completed accredited residency programs in orthodontics. They also actively engage in continuing education to stay current with the latest advancements and techniques in the field.

Are the office locations and hours of your practice convenient for after-school and after-work appointments?

Absolutely! Our practice is strategically located to be easily accessible, and we offer extended hours to accommodate busy schedules. We understand the importance of convenience for families, so we ensure our offices are open during times that are suitable for both after-school and after-work appointments. This way, you can plan your visits without disrupting your daily routine.

Does the practice accept insurance and offer payment plans?

We accept most insurance plans and offer a variety of payment options, including interest-free financing plans, to make treatment accessible and affordable for our patients. We are a participating provider with Delta Dental, United Concordia, MetLife, Blue Cross Dental, and UPMC insurance plans.

How does the practice handle dental emergencies?

In case of orthodontic emergencies, we offer guidance on immediate steps to take and provide prompt appointments to address the issue as quickly as possible.

What is the best age to start orthodontic treatment?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic evaluation at age 7. However, orthodontic treatment can be beneficial at any age, depending on individual needs and conditions.

Can orthodontic treatment benefit adults as well as children?

Absolutely! Orthodontic treatment is effective at any age. We offer specialized care for both adults and children, ensuring that everyone can achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

How long does orthodontic treatment typically take?

The duration of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the individual case. It generally ranges from 12 to 36 months, but we provide a more precise time frame during the initial consultation.

How often are follow-up visits scheduled?

Follow-up visits are typically scheduled every 4-8 weeks, depending on the specific treatment plan. This allows us to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments.