The cost for orthodontic treatment varies from case to case due to differences in treatment complexity, which affects the duration of treatment, as well as the treatment goals. We accept all major credit cards and accept most insurances. We also offer flexible payment plans to make orthodontic treatment possible within your budget.
Treatment length depends on the complexity of each case, the treatment goals, and individual variation. On average comprehensive orthodontic treatment of a full set of permanent teeth takes 24 months. If early treatment or Phase I orthodontic treatment is indicated, this particular phase of treatment is generally completed within 12 months. Poor rubber band compliance, missing appointments, and frequent broken brackets can also extend treatment time.
Patients in active treatment are typically scheduled every 4-6 weeks. Sometimes the interval between appointments can be extended for special situations, but in general we do not recommend extended periods of time without an adjustment and supervision by an orthodontist.
Most individuals do not require extractions; however, sometimes the severity of the crowding and/or bite discrepancy could warrant removing permanent teeth. In rare cases where the bite discrepancy is so severe that it is off by more than the width of a tooth, extractions would be insufficient. Instead, jaw surgery may be necessary to ensure full correction of the bite.
Invisalign is an excellent alternative if you want straight teeth without wearing braces; however, in order for them to work, they have to be worn full-time. Just as the braces and wires are always attached to your teeth, the aligners or trays need to be worn all the time. To learn more about your individual options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Hsu to discuss how you can get the smile you’ve always wanted.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends having your first evaluation as early as 7-8 years old. At this time, the front permanent teeth have emerged, and we are able to begin diagnosing problems with the bite. Beyond this age, orthodontic treatment is possible for individuals of all ages ranging from teenagers to seniors.
As the teeth move into a new position, you may experience some soreness and discomfort for a few days. After adjusting to the changes, the soreness and discomfort will go away in 2-3 days.
Diet restrictions are imperative to prevent breaking brackets. In addition, extra time and care during brushing and flossing is necessary to properly clean around the braces and keep the teeth and gums healthy.
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