BRACES TOP QUESTIONS

What can I eat with braces?

You can eat anything as long as it isn’t too hard, crunchy, or sticky. Otherwise it could cause the bonding material to pop off of your tooth. Acidic fruits should also be avoided, as it can break down the orthodontic cement. If you’re wearing Invisalign braces all you have to do is remove your aligners and enjoy your meal.

Am I a candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign braces are great for adults and teens who want to straighten their teeth without brackets and wires. Our orthodontist will need to fully evaluate your individual situation first, to determine whether these clear braces are the best option.

Does my child need braces?

We recommend an orthodontic evaluation on every child by age 7. At this point we can monitor the development and eruption of their adult teeth and take steps to intervene if potential problems are a concern.

How much do braces cost?

The cost of your braces depends on several factors. Some of which include:

  • The type of braces you’re getting
  • How long your treatment will take
  • If other orthodontic appliances are necessary
  • If you have dental insurance

During your consultation, we will provide you with a defined care plan that outlines the total estimated expenses for your consideration before ever starting treatment.

Am I too old to get braces?

These days it is nearly unheard of for someone to be too old to get braces. Many of our patients are retirees, grandparents, and seniors!

How long will my treatment take?

This can vary from person to person. For individuals who are undergoing cosmetic treatments, it may only last about six months. More severe orthodontic cases can take upwards of two years to correct.

During your initial evaluation, we can give you an estimated timeline of your length of treatment, before you even decide to move forward with getting braces.

The best way to shorten the length of your treatment is to make sure that you’re following your home care instructions properly.

How often will I need to see the orthodontist?

Most orthodontic patients will need to see us every six to eight weeks for a quick evaluation and adjustment (as necessary.) The appointments are relatively short, which makes them easy to fit into already busy school or work schedules.

Will my dental insurance pay for braces?

It’s not uncommon for your dental insurance to pay for a portion of your orthodontic treatment. Our financial coordinators will call to get a breakdown of your plan benefits, so that you know approximately how much will be left over.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes. We offer affordable payment plans that easily fit into your monthly budget. Financing can also be combined with your dental insurance benefits.

What should I do if my braces break?

First, make sure no wires are poking into your gums or cheek. If needed, use a piece of orthodontic wax to cover the area, or snip the wire with a set of nail clippers. Call our office right away and we’ll plan to get you in as quickly as possible.

Find out how we can help you enjoy quality, affordable orthodontic care. Call us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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