1. How much do braces cost?
All prices are based on the complexity and goals of each particular case. Because these vary with each patient, orthodontic treatment ranges from $3300 to $6300. We offer a free consultation with Dr. Duffy and will give you an exact fee if treatment is needed.
2. Do you accept my insurance? Does insurance cover this?
Most orthodontic insurances have a lifetime maximum benefit –normally about $1500. We will file your insurance to make sure you receive your entire benefit. Even if Dr. Duffy is not listed as a provider on your insurance plan, we accept all insurance plans that have a lifetime benefit. The only insurance that we do not accept is contracted insurance such as Soonercare.
3. Do you offer financing options?
We have several financing options available to you that include payment in full with a fee discount, a no interest payment plan with an initial down payment , and a third party lender. Click here for more details.
4. Do you send invoices for payments?
We do not send invoices for monthly payments. We are able to set up a credit or debit card for monthly payments, or we can print a coupon book for check writers. We typically see patients every six weeks for adjustments, but payments are due monthly so we provide these options to keep payments current.
5. Can I use my Health Savings Account (HSA) or flex account?
Yes, flex accounts are a great source of payment, and we will work with you to help you get the maximum benefit.
6. Do you accept credit cards for payment?
Yes, we accept MasterCard®, Visa®, Discover®, and American Express®.
Braces, treatment, and retainers
1. Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic results. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goals of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment.
2. Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?
A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all our orthodontic patients are 18 and over. Health, happiness, and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is ever “too old” to want a beautiful smile!
3. Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?
The majority of your appointments are quick adjustments to your wires that can be scheduled before or after school. There are a few appointments that will require more time that will need to be scheduled during the morning.
4. How long will I have to wear braces?
Depending on the goals set forth at the beginning of treatment determines the length of treatment. Generally for full treatment, you will wear your braces 18-24 months. We will be happy to tell you our “goal date” that we set at the beginning of treatment. Remember to accomplish this goal, we ask you the following things:
- Don’t break any brackets; broken brackets will lengthen treatment.
- Brush your teeth! Teeth move faster in a clean environment!
- Wear you elastics (rubber bands) when the time comes.
5. After I get my braces off, how long do I have to wear my retainer?
You will need to wear your retainers for life – or for as long as you want straight teeth. Tooth movement is a natural part of aging. You can prevent tooth movement as long as you wear your retainers nightly; they will retain the movement of your teeth!
6. Why do I need to come into the office to get a new retainer? Why do you have to take another impression?
When we make your retainer, the model from the impression gets destroyed in the process. This allows us to make the tightest fit possible so that the retainer fits your smile!
1. Do I need to brush my teeth before I come for my appointment?
We have a teeth brushing station so that as soon as you check-in you can brush your teeth here.
2. Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?
Yes! Regular check-ups and cleanings with your family dentist are important while in braces.
3. Can I still play sports?
Yes, but we recommend a mouth guard for all sports! Kevin Durant isn’t afraid of showing off his mouth guard, but basketball is not the only sport where mouth guards are important. Playing soccer, football, baseball, or wrestling all have the potential to cause mouth injuries.
4. Do you have WiFi in your office?
Yes, we provide complimentary WiFi for our patients.