FAQs

How Long?

Depending on the degree of need and the treatment recommended, the time to complete varies from (6 – 24) months with the average being approximately (18) months. The following treatment times are approximates:

  • Interceptive Treatment – (6 – 9 months)
  • Phase I Early Treatment – (12 – 14 months)
  • Phase II – (10 – 12 months)
  • Limited Treatment – (12 months)
  • Comprehensive Treatment – (18 – 24 months)

How Much?

Most fees are in a range of $2,500.00 – $6,500.00 and vary as to the treatment recommended. An average fee for comprehensive treatment would be approximately $5,000.00. We do a varied amount of interceptive treatment, which range from $500.00 – $2,500.00. All fees are presented before treatment is accepted.

Payment Plans?

Orthodontic treatment is an excellent investment in the overall dental, medical and psychological well being of children and adults, and financial considerations should not be an obstacle to obtaining this important health service. Being sensitive to the fact that people have different needs in fulfilling their financial obligations, we provide many payment options.

My Accounts Manager, Joanne, has a payment option that fits all budgets and is willing to work with you to make treatment affordable.

We have discounts for cash up front payments and multiple family members.

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Flexible Payment Plan (Care Credit)
No initial payment required. Payment plans range from 24 to 60 months. Payments include a fixed rate. The first payment is not due for 4-6 weeks. No prepayment penalty. Potential tax advantage. Fast, confidential service by phone, apply toll free at 1-800-365-8295 or to apply online, click on the link below.

CareCredit®

Insurance

We will submit claim forms to the insurance company on your behalf and will accept payments directly from them for your convenience. If for any reason we do not receive the estimated benefit from the insurance company, the balance will become your responsibility. Please notify us of any changes in your insurance coverage.

What kind of braces are there?

There are many different types of braces available in our office. The most common are stainless steel (metal) braces used for both our adolescent and adult patients. Porcelain (clear) braces are also available to our adult patients for cosmetic reasons where the brace itself is made of clear porcelain, however the metal wires are still visible. We also offer clear aligner treatment in which the patient wears a series of clear retainers to straighten the teeth.

Can I have colors?

We have up to 15 different color ties available for you to choose from for your braces. The color tie holds the wire in place and these are changed at every appointment. Whatever your favorite color or color combinations are, we have them available to you.

Does it hurt?

Placing braces on the teeth does not hurt. Tenderness and/or discomfort usually begins the first evening and may last for (1 – 3) days. After the initial discomfort, usually our patients are quite comfortable. Patients may experience a similar situation after an appointment when wires were changed. I use the most gentle, yet effective wires to minimize discomfort.

Do I have to have teeth pulled?

All treatment plans in my office are designed to avoid the extraction of teeth. I feel a full smile and proper fit of the teeth is best accomplished when all the teeth are placed in their proper position to each other and in the face.

Can I just have retainers?

Rarely are retainers ever effective to move teeth. As the name implies, “retainers” are designed to retain (hold) the teeth. Some minor movement can be done and is used to help minor tooth relapse.

Do you recycle braces?

No, we do not sterilize someone else’s braces and use them again. They are given to the patient or thrown away.

Why is orthodontic treatment important?

Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. Such problems can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. A bad bite can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and\or speaking, excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue, and possibly jaw joint problems.

Then there’s the emotional side of an unattractive smile. When you’re not confident in the way you look, your self-esteem suffers. Children and adults whose malocclusions are left untreated may go through life feeling self-conscious, hiding their smiles with tight lips or a protective hand.

Finally, without treatment, many problems become worse. Orthodontic treatment to correct a problem may prove less costly than the additional dental care required to treat the more serious problems that can develop in later years.

What about over the counter tooth whitening choices?

View the Whitening PDF.

What is the right age for your child’s first orthodontic check-up?

View the First Check-Up PDF.