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FAQs for Braces

Your dentist just recommended orthodontic treatment, and now a million questions are running through your head . . .
  • Isn’t my child too young for braces?
  • Can adults get braces?
  • How much will it cost?
  • How long will it take?
  • Do braces hurt?

The word “braces” can be intimidating for parents and children alike, but the good news is that with advancements in technology, techniques and products, starting orthodontic treatment is more convenient and life changing than ever before.

Here are some answers to the most common questions about braces:

Best Age To Start
Patients of any age who wish to enhance the appearance and function of their smiles can visit an orthodontist. The team at Associated Orthodontists, together with the American Association of Orthodontists, recommends that all children have a consultation no later than the age of seven — the optimal time to assess the structure of the jaw, placement of erupting teeth and need for possible orthodontics in the future. Teenagers and adults can seek orthodontic treatment at any time.

Insurance Coverage & Cost of Treatment
Associated Orthodontists is a participating provider with most major insurance carriers. When calling to schedule your complimentary consultation, our team will collect your insurance information and our insurance team will verify and coordinate benefits. Each patient’s orthodontic needs will differ, so treatment cost will also differ. Associated Orthodontists will evaluate your specific alignment needs, and our team will create a cost analysis and present several convenient payment options — including 0% financing. We fully explain your insurance benefits and all costs before starting orthodontic treatment. There will be no hidden fees and you will have all the payment information before braces are put on.

Length of Treatment
Every smile has different alignment needs, so it is hard to give an answer that is true for all patients. You may need braces anywhere from 6 to 30 months, though most treatments average at approximately 22 months. To receive the most accurate estimate for orthodontic treatment, visit our website to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Do Braces Hurt?
Don’t worry — braces are not generally painful. You may experience slight tenderness for several days at the beginning of your treatment as your teeth, mouth, jaw and gums adjust to your new braces.

Treatment Options
Unlike the “traditional” braces many remember from their younger years, products like DAMON SYSTEM® Braces allow for simpler and faster treatment. This system has eliminated time-consuming and complicated procedures, delivering a beautiful smile months and months sooner. Plus, its design requires less adjustments so appointments can be spaced out, and the appliances are discreet, comfortable and easy to keep clean, making it the perfect option.

INVISALIGN® is a popular choice for teens and adults wanting a beautiful smile without the use of traditional metal braces. This cutting-edge product straightens teeth by using a series of custom-made, invisible liners that gradually and gently shift teeth into place.The best part of this system is that it is virtually invisible to other people,and because the trays are removable, oral care is easier and there are no restrictions on diet.

Braces Offer More Than Just Straight Teeth
Straightening your teeth with orthodontic appliances will ultimately give you a straight, beautiful smile. However, the benefits of braces reach well beyond the aesthetic benefits — healthier teeth and gums, teeth that are easier to clean, prevention of jaw problems, improved confidence and improved overall health.

READY FOR BRACES? Schedule your Complimentary Consultation today! With a combined 75 years of experience, our orthodontists include the most experienced and renowned orthodontists in the area. We have a specially trained and highly professional team that understands the importance of patient satisfaction and strives for the highest level of customer service — each and every visit.

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