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November 2018

Covering the Cost of Metal Braces

By Braces

All kids and teenagers have amazing, unique smiles. Orthodontics allow them to show off those smiles with even more confidence. However, many parents wonder about affordably covering the cost of metal braces. In fact, metal braces cost is one of the main topics that Sacramento, CA, orthodontist Dr. David Markham and his team discusses with patients and their families. Schedule an appointment at Markham Orthodontics to find out how your child can get a straighter smile affordably.

What Factors Affect Metal Braces Cost?

When you talk with other families and individuals about paying for metal braces, you may be surprised at the difference in final investment numbers. This is not unusual. The final cost of any type of orthodontia will vary according to a number of factors.

What situations and considerations can affect the total cost of metal braces?

    • Treatment length. A patient who only needs metal braces for a short period of time will pay less for the treatment than someone who requires metal braces for years. At your initial consultation with Dr. Markham, he will guide you through recommended treatment processes and timeframes.
    • Patient compliance. Teens and adults who keep their regularly scheduled visits may pay less than those who cancel appointments. The same is true for patients who do not take care of their teeth and gums, or who wait to report issues to the orthodontists.
    • Orthodontist practice experience. There is no set cost for metal braces, so each orthodontist sets his fee based on a range of considerations. These can include the cost of the actual brackets and wires, the anticipated staff time necessary to give personalized treatment, and the experience of the dental team
    • Tooth extraction or other treatments. In some circumstances, a patient may require a tooth extraction or other procedure prior to or during treatment. This affects the overall cost to the patient and his or her family.
    • Payment methods. Occasionally, patients may get a modest discount from their orthodontist if they entirely pay for treatment upfront.

Does Insurance Cover Metal Braces Cost?

If you have dental or general medical health insurance, you may be able to get some of the cost of metal braces covered. Usually, policies are very specific regarding orthodontics. Some will not cover your metal braces, but may cover other treatments such as a wisdom tooth extraction.

It can be confusing to understand the parameters of your healthcare insurance coverage. Our team at Markham Orthodontics will help you with your insurance carrier billing and paperwork, if necessary.

Pay-as-You-Go Financial Options for Braces

Patients are often relieved to find out that they can pay for metal braces over time at our office. We recognize that it may not be possible to pay for the treatment at once, which is why we provide several financing options.

Many people choose to use credit cards to pay for metal braces treatment over time. Others may prefer to use CareCreditⓇ, a third-party company that offers zero interest plans for candidates.

Making Metal Braces More Affordable

Metal braces are among the most affordable ways to get a stunning smile. They are also highly affordable when you work with an orthodontist who gives you a variety of payment options.

If you live in the Sacramento, CA, area and want to know more about metal braces for you or a loved one, call the Natomas office today at (916) 924-8970.

Which Type of Teen Braces Best Fits Your Needs?

By Braces, Orthodontics, Teens

For generations, teenagers have relied on orthodontics to help them enjoy the aesthetic and health benefits of straighter teeth. Now, patients and their families can choose between different types of teen braces to best fit their needs.

If you’re new to the idea of getting teen braces for yourself or a family member, a visit with Dr. David Markham in the Sacramento, CA, area can get you started. In the meantime, why not read about the three main types of teen braces available at Markham Orthodontics?

Option #1: Traditional Metal Braces

When you hear the words “teen braces,” you probably envision braces constructed of metal brackets that hold wire in place. After all, these were the only kind of orthodontics commercially available for decades.

These types of braces use wire-based tension to gradually shift teeth into proper position. Eventually, the all teeth are in perfect alignment. Wire braces work well and are still useful in many cases.

The upside to traditional teen braces is that they don’t require a lot of fuss. There are no aligner trays to remove or replace. On the flip side, they can make brushing and flossing more difficult. They also limit the types of foods kids can eat because items like corn on the cob and popcorn can get stuck in the brackets. For those reasons, some teenagers prefer different forms of orthodontia like InvisalignⓇ.

Option #2: Invisalign

Unlike traditional braces, the Invisalign system uses custom-made clear plastic aligner trays to move the teeth. About every 10-14 days, teens switch to a new aligner tray, gently but firmly moving their teeth into predetermined locations.

Invisalign costs about the same amount as traditional braces, but can sometimes be faster. It also allows patients the freedom to remove their aligners when eating. Therefore, they have no restrictions on foods. However, teens still have to take care of their aligner trays and brush their teeth completely after snacks and mealtimes. Depending upon the patient, this routine may be too demanding, in which case another type of orthodontics solution is often a better selection.

Option #3: Clear Braces

Want to get the discreteness of Invisalign without giving up traditional bracketed braces? The answer is clear braces.

Clear braces rely on “invisible” ceramic brackets instead of metal ones. The brackets blend with the color of natural tooth enamel, making the brackets less noticeable. For many teenagers, clear braces are a perfect alternative to traditional metal braces.

Clear braces cost a bit more than traditional braces due to the ceramic materials. When you come to Dr. Markham for your initial evaluation, feel free to discuss the value of choosing clear brackets instead of traditional metal ones.

Teen Braces for Every Patient

Every orthodontics candidate has the same goal of a smile that’s brilliant and straight. With three excellent choices available, Dr. Markham can help you find the best type of teen braces. Contact the office today to set up an evaluation.

parent and child with orthodontic braces

What Parents Can Expect from Children’s Orthodontics

By Blog, Braces

You took your child to the dentist and found out that he needs braces. At first, children may be excited about orthodontic treatment. They’ll look forward to straighter teeth, and they’ll wear their next show and tell project to school. When the big day arrives, however, nervousness and anxiety can take the front seat. Dr. Markham and our team love children, and we’re here to help you make children’s orthodontics treatment positive, from the first appointment to the last. Meet Mischel, one of our patients who felt butterflies before her first clinical appointment for braces.

Call Markham Orthodontics in Auburn, Natomas, or Gold River to schedule your child’s ortho consult today.

In today’s post, we’re going to cover the emotional aspect of childhood braces, rather than the technical points. We want to equip you, the parent, to help make the overall experience as wonderful as possible. Our team will always be available, by phone, email, or in person, to answer your questions and help you help your child make orthodontic treatment positive.

Prepping for the Consultation

Knowledge is power, and school-aged kiddos are usually eager to know the facts. Talk with your child about what will occur during the application appointment. Explain length of treatment and the fun aspects, like wearing elastic o-rings in their school colors and using a special toothbrush to clean between the wires and teeth. Most children are also happy to learn that they might miss a few hours of school to attend checkups with Dr. Markham. Take your child to the supermarket to stock up on braces-friendly foods, then clear out popcorn, caramel, and other sticky foods from your pantries together.

Keeping Spirits High

Braces may be worn for up to two years at a time, though treatment plans vary. Some children need phase two orthodontics, meaning they’ll wear braces again during the early teen years. To help your kiddo remember to practice good oral hygiene habits, let him select his own toothpaste and mouthwash. Using a brushing chart, posted in the bathroom or on the refrigerator, can also help with compliance. One way to boost positivity is to implement an incentive system. Non-food prizes, like movie tickets, trips to a favorite pool or park, and cash for toys are best.

Be sure that your child understands he should tell you when he notices a loose bracket, poking wire, or lodged food in his teeth or braces. Your support and help in these situations are important. Our team will teach you and your child how to use dental wax, an interdental toothbrush, and how to floss around brackets and wires. We cannot overemphasize the importance of maintaining a clean mouth while wearing braces.

Eye on the Prize

What will your family do to celebrate the big day when the braces are finally removed? If possible, coordinate the date of the last visit to fall just before a vacation, family photo session, or other exciting event. Then, you can explain that the event is in honor of your child’s treatment completion.

Are you looking for a children’s orthodontist?

You’ve found a great one, here at Markham Orthodontics. Give us a call at the Sacramento-area location nearest you, either Auburn, Natomas, or Gold River, and schedule your child’s consultation today. We’ll make ortho treatment positive and fun for your family.