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FAQ – Treatment Options

Your Questions, Answered

Will early orthodontic treatment eliminate the need for braces later?

Not necessarily. It is important to understand that early/interceptive treatment is usually aimed at the elimination of certain types of problems that are already there. This creates a good environment for proper tooth eruption and jaw development. The goal of early treatment is not to give your child straight teeth. In the majority of cases, future comprehensive orthodontic treatment is necessary in order to achieve optimal function, stability, and aesthetics. Early orthodontic treatment makes this future treatment simpler.

What are the benefits of choosing a participating provider?

As a patient, the chief benefits are lower cost and greater convenience. Generally, the total fee is less because the insurance company has negotiated fees with their participating providers on your behalf. We also handle all the insurance paperwork for you, which a provider who merely accepts your benefits often will not do. A provider that accepts your benefits will quote you their own orthodontic treatment fee and, in most cases, have you file the claims directly with the insurance company. This means you pay more for treatment, and have to deal with the insurance company yourself. As a participating provider, not only do we file the claims, but we also deal with any issues that may come up, often a complex process that can be very frustrating for patients to navigate on their own. Insurance companies are notoriously difficult to deal with, and it is important to work with someone who knows the ins and outs of helping you maximize your benefits. Our insurance specialists will verify all of your insurance benefits, file all the claims, address any insurance issues, and in the case of dual insurance coverage, work with BOTH insurance companies to help coordinate your benefits and ensure that you get as much covered as possible.

What happens if you do not participate with my insurance plan?

We will still file claims and deal with the insurance agency. You are still entitled to all the same benefits you would be under a participating provider.

What happens if I have no insurance?

We can still work with you! We will present you with several interest-free payment options tailored to your budget. Click here to learn about our discounts and flexible payment plans available. We have no doubt that we will be able to work with you to arrive at a plan that works for your needs and your budget.

Can we use our HSA/FSA?

Yes, you can! However, it is important to keep in mind that money set aside in these accounts must generally be used by the end of the calendar year or it is lost.Therefore, the timing of orthodontic treatment plays a large role in determining just how much money to put in your HSA/FSA. That’s why it’s so important to see an orthodontist early to treat potential problems. Even if treatment isn’t needed yet, we will monitor the growth and development of teeth. By having a routine observation schedule, we can anticipate any treatment which may be needed and advise parents as to when money should be put aside in their FSA accounts.

Am I an Invisalign candidate?

For a majority of patients, the simple answer is yes! Click here to learn more.

Does Invisalign treatment take longer?

Not at all! In fact, Invisalign treatment is often shorter than treatment with traditional braces. If you choose Invisalign, we will take your Invisalign scan during the initial consultation, and you should receive your trays in 2-3 weeks.

Once I’m done with Invisalign treatment, will someone be able to tell whether I had traditional braces or Invisalign?

No! Treatment with Invisalign or traditional braces should give identical results.

What happens if I’m having an orthodontic emergency?

Call us, and we’ll fit you into our schedule ASAP. Click here to learn what you should do in the meantime.

What about the portion of treatment that is not covered by the insurance company?

We are committed to offering customized, interest-free payment plans broken up over the duration of your treatment. Our in-house financing is easy, predictable, and hassle-free. We also offer third-party financing such as CareCredit.

How long will it take after the initial consultation to start my treatment?

If you are ready to start treatment right away, we can often put your braces on or take your Invisalign scans on the same day as your initial visit! If you opt for Invisalign treatment, your aligners should be ready for you in 2-3 weeks.

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