If you come into Burlingame Smile Studio for a consultation, we will answer all your questions. If you read this first, you will have a head start as you consider orthodontia for yourself or your son or daughter.
Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics
Q: What is orthodontia?
A: Orthodontia is a dental specialty that focuses on straightening teeth and correcting bite problems.
Q: Many dentists provide orthodontic services like traditional braces and Invisalign. What’s the difference between a general dentist and an orthodontic dentist?
A: After graduation from dental school, orthodontists complete a fully accredited orthodontic residency program. Aspiring orthodontists usually spend two to three years in their specialty orthodontic programs. If you seek a licensed orthodontist for your treatment, you can trust his or her expertise and experience.
Q: Do I have treatment options for straightening my teeth?
A: There are two main kinds of teeth straightening systems. The most common type is attached to the teeth for the course of treatment. Within this type of system, there are different types of materials and the mechanism for moving teeth. The other system uses aligners that aren’t attached to the teeth. The patient switches the aligners as the teeth move into their appropriate position.
Q: How long does it take for braces to align teeth?
A: Most men and women wear braces from 18 to 36 months.
Q: How much does orthodontic treatment cost?
A: It depends on a variety of factors. What type of braces, the length of the treatment and the age of the patient, for example. Braces for adolescents are cheaper, but not by much. This is because it generally takes less material to create braces for smaller mouths. The average price for adolescents is anywhere from just under $5000 to $7000. For adults, the average cost of orthodontic treatment is slightly higher.
Q: Do orthodontists take dental insurance?
A: Yes. Call Burlingame Smile Studio at the number below and we can consider the dental insurance carriers we contract with. If we don’t contract with your provider, we can describe your financing options.
Q: How do I know if my employer-provided dental insurance covers braces?
A: Consult your policy for covered benefits. If you don’t have your plan booklet, check with your Human Resources department or your dental insurance provider’s website.
Q: Does Medicaid cover braces? How can I find an orthodontist who will take Medicaid?
A: Medicaid is administered at the state level. Therefore, dental benefits vary by state. Check with your Medicaid provider. Some Medicaid plans cover braces for children or teens when deemed medically necessary. Contact your state’s Medicaid department to request a list of orthodontic providers in your area.
Q: Can orthodontic expenses be listed as medical expenses when filing taxes?
A: This depends on several factors. Check with your accountant or tax advisor.
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