How Much Is an Orthodontic Consultation?
If you are an existing patient, your initial consultation is free. Call today to take the first step toward a more beautiful smile.
Invisalign® and Clear Braces
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear aligner trays instead of traditional wires and brackets. You switch to the next set of trays in the series every couple of weeks. The aligners place gentle pressure on your teeth and gradually move them into the correct position over a period of weeks.
How Does Invisalign Compare to Clear Braces?
Both Invisalign and clear braces use pressure to move the teeth into proper alignment. Clear braces use wires and brackets that are permanently affixed to the teeth, whereas aligners use removable trays. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and can be removed to make eating and cleaning the teeth easier. Clear braces typically require adjustment every four to six weeks compared to Invisalign aligners that require you to change trays every two weeks.
Do Clear Braces Work Differently Than Metal Braces?
Clear braces work essentially the same as metal braces. Both types of braces shift the teeth into proper alignment using continuous pressure.
What Are the Associated Costs for Clear Braces?
Your estimated cost for clear braces is given to you after your consultation when your orthodontist understands more about how long you will need braces, the extent of your misalignment or bite issues and your insurance coverage.
Should I Get Clear or Metal Braces?
Both types of braces are effective at correcting moderate to severe orthodontic problems. Clear braces are an excellent option for patients who want a discreet form of orthodontic treatment but who have orthodontic issues that are too complex for Invisalign.
Metal, Ceramic And Self-ligating Braces
Are Metal Braces Still an Effective Treatment Option?
Metal braces have been used successfully for decades to correct alignment and bite issues. Even with the emergence of new orthodontic treatments, traditional metal braces remain a popular and affordable option.
What Are the Associated Costs for Metal Braces?
Metal braces are some of the most economical braces available on the market today. After your consultation, your orthodontist will provide you with a clear cost estimate based on your alignment goals and insurance coverage.
What Are the Benefits of the Various Orthodontic Treatments?
Metal braces tend to be the most affordable treatment; however, the wires and brackets are visible. Ceramic and clear braces are less visible, but they do cost more. Invisalign aligners are a convenient and comfortable option for those who prefer their treatment to be as discreet as possible. Our dental professionals can help you find the best treatment option for your needs.
What Are Self-Ligating Braces?
Traditional braces use elastics to secure the archwire into place. Self-ligating braces use small, spring-loaded doors to secure the wire. Since self-ligating braces require less force and friction to move the teeth, they tend to be more comfortable than other types of braces. The treatment time is also normally shorter than traditional braces.
What Are the Associated Costs for Self-Ligating Braces?
Since these braces are more advanced, they are more expensive. Call our office for a consultation and we will be able to provide a more clear cost estimate once we understand your specific needs.
Orthodontics - Phase 1
How Does Phased Orthodontic Treatment Work?
We recommend two-phase orthodontic treatment for children with complex orthodontic issues. Most children then wear a retainer until all of their permanent teeth have erupted, and they begin the second phase of treatment between the ages of 11 and 13. We recommend that all children have an orthodontic assessment by the age of 7 to determine if they have any orthodontic issues.
What Length of Time Is Needed to Complete Phase 1 of Phased Orthodontic Treatment?
The first phase of treatment begins between the ages of 6 and 10 and focuses on issues that cannot wait until all of the permanent teeth have emerged. This portion of the treatment can last 6 months to a year.
What Are the Costs Associated with Phase 1?
The cost will be determined by the child’s needs. Bring your child into the office for a consultation at least by the age of 7. This way, we can determine the right course of action.
Do I Need to See an Orthodontist for Braces or Invisalign?
Both orthodontists and general dentists undergo the same basic training and licensing process. In addition, orthodontists receive two to three years of training that allows them to specialize in the straightening of teeth and other orthodontic issues. General dentists can treat most basic bite and alignment issues; however, complex issues may require a referral to an orthodontist.
How Much Will I Pay for Orthodontic Treatment?
Each patient’s orthodontic issues are unique, so treatment costs can vary. Your final costs will depend on the complexity of your issue, the type of treatment required, the length of treatment, and the benefits offered under your insurance. Our staff will go over your costs and payment options following your initial consultation, so call today to schedule yours.