Dental Braces FAQs


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    How Long Do I have To Wear Braces?

    The average treatment time for most cases is approximately 1-2 years. Factors that may change this are age, compliance, and the severity of the case. An adult patient may have a longer treatment time than a child with the same diagnosis. A patient who misses many appointments, has poor oral hygiene and breaks the braces often will have a longer treatment time then someone who does not. Also, a simple case, such as minor spacing, will have a shorter time (approximately 1 year or less) then a more complex case such as an open bite.

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    Does Wearing Traditional Braces Hurt?

    In all honesty the answer varies. Once braces or aligners are initially placed you may feel pressure approximately 4-6 hours. I typically tell patients or parents to take a mild dose of whichever (OTC) pain medication they normally take for a headache after their first meal. In order for the teeth to move, braces must be activated (tightened) every four to six weeks. Noncompliant oral hygiene or not wearing your clear removable aligners as prescribed can be a main cause of pain during active orthodontic treatment. When a patient has poor oral hygiene, the gingival swells and gingivitis often develops. It is very important to always maintain proper oral hygiene, but especially so during orthodontic treatment and keep your scheduled appointments.

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    How Much Do Braces Cost?

    The cost for braces varies depending on where you live, how long you will be in treatment and the severity of the case. Major cities tend to be slightly higher in cost than rural areas. The average cost for a full set of metal braces in a typical two year treatment is approximately $5-6K. Metal braces are usually the least expensive form. More cosmetic white or ceramic traditional braces usually cost about $400-$600 more. Invisalign or most other clear aligner companies average about $6,000-$8,000 per case. Fees for braces are usually determined at your initial consult.

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    Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Braces?

    Both Invisalign and traditional braces can be submitted for payment or reimbursement by your insurance if your particular dental plan covers braces. Many insurance companies limit orthodontic benefits to patients who are 19 years old or younger. However, some plans do extend benefits to adult patients. If you are considering braces, contact your dental insurance company to see if they offer benefits for this service.
    Keep in mind that most insurance plans or discounted dental plans do not cover treatment that is already in progress. Also, many orthodontists don’t like taking transfer cases. So, if you are going to sign up for a dental plan or insurance plan, do it before any treatment begins. And by the way, jaw surgery or extraction is sometimes covered under your medical plan, so be sure to look into this once you have your initial consultation!

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    Why Should You Choose New York City Cosmetic and General Dentistry For Braces?

    Owner Dr. Catrise Austin is a proud member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). For nearly 2 decades she has dedicated her career in dentistry to excellence and expertise in cosmetic dentistry. We have a team of dental specialists who are experts in aligning teeth with clear removable aligners and braces. We provide reliable and dramatic results with braces for our patients. When you transform your smile using aligners or braces with New York City Cosmetic and General Dentistry you will receive expected results as prescribed as long as you comply with oral hygiene at home and keep your monthly appointments! As the author of multiple consumer dentistry books, Dr. Austin is the go-to consumer and media authority on cosmetic dentistry for patients nationwide. Have additional questions about the braces or aligner process? Pick up a copy of Dr. Catrise Austin’s new smile makeover book on Amazon called GetSmiled!