Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to questions you may have about getting braces:
We are in-network providers for many insurance carriers. This means we abide by the insurance company’s fee schedule, not ours. So in addition to the orthodontic insurance benefit that you may have to help pay for your braces, you also get a preferred treatment fee instead of the usual and customary fee from an out-of-network orthodontist. Please see the list of insurance carriers we are in network with.
Please note: Most orthodontic benefits are designated as a “maximum lifetime benefit”, meaning the benefit amount is the most that can be received over one’s lifetime and is NOT a yearly benefit. Also, benefits are generally paid out over the estimated time in treatment and are NOT paid in a lump sum. If you change jobs or your company changes insurance carriers, benefit payments to us will stop and the entire benefit may not have been paid to us. You will be responsible for any estimated insurance left unpaid. Please remember that your insurance is a contract between you and your insurance carrier, not between us and them. We will make every effort to get the maximum orthodontic benefit you have coming from your insurance carrier.
Some reasons for seeing an orthodontist include, but are not limited to: crowding, early loss of baby teeth, retention of baby teeth, extra teeth, overbite, under bite, protruding teeth, gaps between teeth, mouth breathing, thumb-sucking, open bite, teeth not erupting, and a bite that doesn’t feel right. Of course, any concerns you or your dentist may have can and should be evaluated. Please call our office to schedule a complementary evaluation appointment.
Some adult patients are reluctant to seek orthodontic treatment because they think they are too old for treatment. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many orthodontic practices are seeing an increase in the number of adults seeking treatment. Some adults had previous treatment as a teenager and now have a recurrent problem or new concerns. Others never had treatment because their parents couldn’t afford it or didn’t think having straight teeth was important. For those patients concerned about wearing metal braces, we have cosmetic options available such as ceramic or clear braces, InvisAlign, and Clear Correct. In our practice, we have treated many adult patients, giving them a beautiful smile and a new-found confidence.
Some orthodontic problems that may arise include: a loose brace, loose band, broken band, a wire that pokes, a broken wire, and broken or loose appliances. These problems can be managed with pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen if needed. Wax can be used to put over a poking wire or a loose brace that is rubbing the gums. If you call our office during the work week, we can generally see you and take care of the problem that same day. For some problems, such as a loose bracket, we can schedule an appointment to get it glued back on the tooth.
During orthodontic treatment, it is important to visit your dentist on a regular basis for an exam and cleaning. It is also very important to maintain excellent oral hygiene that includes daily tooth brushing and flossing to keep the gums and teeth healthy. Decalcification of the enamel, cavities, periodontal or gum problems can arise if optimal hygiene is not maintained.
Please call us today for more information!