FAQ

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry, focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.

Who is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received 2 to 3 years of additional training and experience. Your orthodontist is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.

What are some possible benefits of orthodontics?

– A more attractive smile – Better function of the teeth – Improved self-confidence and self-esteem during critical development years – Reduce the risk of injury to protruded front teeth – Increased ability to clean the teeth – Improved force distribution and wear patterns of the teeth – Better long-term health of teeth and gums – Guide permanent teeth into more favorable positions – Aids in optimizing other dental treatment

How much does orthodontic treatment cost?

The cost of your treatment will depend on the severity of the problem that needs to be corrected and the treatment provided. After your initial consultation, our orthodontist will be able to provide you with an estimated cost, and we will thoroughly discuss your payment options with you prior to your treatment.

How long will my orthodontic treatment take?

On average, traditional braces take 12-36 months to complete treatment(365 hybrid braces take under 12 months). Some treatments provide faster results, and the condition of your mouth can also be a contributing factor – no two mouths are the same, and some individuals respond faster to treatment than others, or have milder issues that can be corrected more easily.

How does orthodontic treatment work?

Braces use steady gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. The brackets that are placed on your teeth and the archwire that connects them are the main components. When the archwire is placed into the brackets, it tries to return to its original shape. As it does so, it applies pressure to move your teeth to their new, more ideal positions.

Do braces hurt?

Braces do not often hurt; however, you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new braces.

Medicaid accepted

Medicaid does not currently offer orthodontic coverage.

Braces cost

That’s the beauty of a no charge (FREE) consultation! Dr. David treats every case and each client as an individual. The exact cost for braces can not be determined until Dr. David has been able to review your xrays, photographs, and specific dental issues. His recommendations will include a payment plan based on your needs.

Color braces

We offer Damon Braces, Clear Braces and Invisalign Aligners. (Color bands are optional for Damon Braces)

Payment plan

We offer financing that works within your budget and will be happy to provide the most economical program!

How to correct overbite

Depending on the individual, an overbite can be corrected with elastics (worn full-time) or possible fixed appliance.

Will braces interfere with playing sports?

No. It is recommended, however, that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouth guard when participating in any sporting activity.

Will braces interfere with playing musical instruments?

No. However, there may be an initial period of adjustment. In addition, brace covers can be provided to prevent discomfort.

Should I see my general dentist while I have braces?

Yes, you should continue to see your general dentist every six months for cleanings and dental checkups.

Insurance accepted

Carter Orthodontics accepts all insurance with Orthodontic coverage.

Cleaning cost

Carter Orthodontics does not offer 6 month cleaning at this time. We are happy to refer you to a hygienist/ Dentist.

Billing setup

We offer weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly payment plans.

How much does brace cost?

365 Braces Lite – $147 per month for 18 months 365 Braces Full – $179 per month for 24 months See current offer go here

Do retainers need to be worn after braces?

Yes, retainers are worn full-time for about 6 months followed by nighttime wear indefinitely.

How much does retainers cost?

Unlimited $39 replacement per retainer for 5 YEARS See current offer go here

How do I schedule my next appointment?

Simply call our practice or click here to schedule an appointment online! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know, and we will provide you with all of the information you need.