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Budgeting for Braces

By Braces, Invisalign, Orthodontics

Young woman portrait with dental bracesWe love to see our patients flashing their healthy, new smiles after their braces come off. However, the thought of paying for them keeps many people from experiencing that joy. At Markham Orthodontics, we want everyone to know that feeling. Because of that, we are happy to provide you with information about the several types of braces as well as their average prices so you can decide which braces will work for you and your budget. Continue reading to learn more about the average cost of braces or contact us at (916) 924-8970 to discuss with our friendly staff about your payment options.

Traditional Metal Braces

This effective and affordable option is what most people think about when they hear the word “braces”. Made from heavy-duty stainless steel, these braces are equipped to correct problems for patients with severe crowding issues, spacing issues, or issues with bottom teeth. Although they aren’t the most visually appealing, patients who choose traditional metal braces benefit greatly from the strength metal braces offer.

Depending on your insurance coverage, the average estimated cost of these braces is between $3,000 and $5,000. This also depends on the personal treatment plan Dr. Markham creates for you.

Clear Braces

With all the benefits of traditional metal braces, clear braces are a newer, low-visibility option. Instead of metal brackets, the brackets are made from ceramics to match the color of your teeth. The only downside to this option is that the clear brackets may become stained over time.

This option can range anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 depending on your personal plan and insurance coverage.

Invisalign ®

These popular, new aligners are an extremely popular option in orthodontic care today. Invisalign® requires more self-control and maintenance than the previous two options, but, in most cases, they are just as effective. Their popularity is due to a few things:

  • They’re invisible!
  • They can be removed while eating so you don’t have to worry about food getting caught in your brackets.
  • No brackets mean less irritation and discomfort for your mouth.

Many adults refuse braces because they don’t want to look like a teenager again. This option gives you the best of both worlds.

So, how much do they cost? The price for these ranges from $1,000 to $5,000. Some insurance views these as cosmetic treatments and won’t cover any cost for these types of braces. Our helpful, experienced staff can discuss with you about what your insurance will cover.

Payment Options

The cost of braces should never be a reason that our patients don’t get the care they need. We believe the benefits of orthodontic care are always a worthwhile investment for. Your oral care isn’t simply cosmetic, it can affect your overall health as well, and we don’t take that lightly.

To help our patients make this decision easier, we offer a few options to our patients:

  • Acceptance of most insurance plans
  • Acceptance of most credit cards
  • CareCredit® cards
  • Affordable payment plans

We are happy to sit down with you to discuss a payment plan that works for your budget, so you know what to expect before your first orthodontic appointment. We are also available to help you with any insurance billing and paperwork.

Don’t let the cost of orthodontic care stop you from achieving a radiant, healthy smile for you or your loved one. Contact us today to set up an appointment at our Sacramento, CA office to discuss your orthodontic and financial options with our friendly, experienced staff.

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Braces vs. Invisalign®

By Invisalign, Braces, Orthodontics

Smiling woman with ceramic braces

If you are considering orthodontic solutions for you or your teen, you may have noticed there are more options on the market than just traditional metal braces. Traditional metal braces are what most people are familiar with, but at Markham Orthodontics, we also offer ceramic braces and Invisalign®!

To talk to Dr. David Markham about the best option for you or your loved one, contact our office online or call us at (916) 924-8970 today.

What should I know about these options?

We’re glad you asked. The first thing you should know is that each of these options are highly effective for straightening teeth. However, depending on the needs of your teeth, one option may be more effective than the other for you.


Whether you choose traditional metal braces or ceramic braces, the treatment and results are the same. The average treatment time for braces is two years but could be more or less depending on your needs.

Braces are more equipped to correct conditions like crowding and issues with bottom teeth. Patient compliance is also more likely since this type of appliance is irremovable. For these reasons, braces are often a recommended option for teens.

The most common complaint about braces is that they aren’t discreet like Invisalign®. But with ceramic braces, the brackets match the color or your teeth, making them much less visible. Ceramic braces are a great option for adults with more complex issues than aligners can handle.


One of the most popular, new creations in orthodontics is Invisalign®. These clear, removable aligners require much more self-control and a little more maintenance than traditional braces, but when worn continuously, will definitely get the job done.

Aligners must be worn at least 22 hours a day, which means they are only taken off when eating and brushing. Along with brushing and flossing your teeth, you will also need to brush and rinse the trays each time you put them back on. Depending on your needs, these will be worn anywhere from 6 to 18 months. Aligner trays will also be replaced every two weeks to keep the teeth moving!

Some other major perks of Invisalign® are that you will have no issues with food getting caught in your brackets or difficulty while eating and there are no brackets to cause irritation and discomfort.

However, it is important to note that many people aren’t eligible for aligners because of certain issues or needs like:

  • Bridgework
  • Back tooth bite issues
  • The need to rotate canines or premolars
  • Moving teeth vertically

Although Invisalign® isn’t the best option for everyone, it could be for you! Contact us at (916) 924-8970 or visit our Sacramento, CA office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Markham.

Payment Options

Thinking about the cost of braces or Invisalign® can be overwhelming, but we never want it to be a reason that our patients don’t get the care they need. We believe the benefits of orthodontic care are always a worthwhile investment to improve the lives of our patients. This is why we accept most insurance plans and offer affordable payment plans to our patients.

Don’t let the cost of orthodontic care stop you from achieving a radiant, healthy smile for you or your teen. Contact us today to set up an appointment to discuss your orthodontic and financial options with our friendly, experienced staff.

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Are braces a wise investment?

By Braces, Invisalign, Orthodontics

If you noticed flaws in the straightness of your teeth, you’ve probably done a Google Search for “orthodontics near me” to learn about orthodontists in your area. If you have yet to schedule an appointment with Markham Orthodontics, chances are you are concerned about the cost of braces and whether or not the benefits are worth it. After all, orthodontics may seem merely cosmetic. Will insurance cover any of the cost? Is getting braces a worthy investment?

In most cases, yes, it is. Read on to find answers.

The Benefits of Braces

The main reason teenagers and adults consider braces is to improve their smile. Having a healthier, straighter smile builds confidence. Also worth noting is that a straighter smile can improve symmetry of the face and perceived beauty. This can have a strong, positive effect on a person’s self-esteem, which will directly relate to their personal and professional life.

A better bite makes it easier to chew. (By better bite, we mean teeth that are properly aligned so that upper and lower arches fit together well and jaw joints are in balance.) Sure, a few foods may be off the menu if you choose to go with traditional braces, but the restrictions are only temporary. When teeth are properly aligned, speech can improve. An overbite can cause a lisp, which can negatively impact clarity of speech and quality of life.

Orthodontics is considered by many to be purely about asthetics, but it does help to treat medical conditions. Straighter teeth contribute to better oral health. Crowded and misaligned teeth are more difficult to brush and floss properly, and this can create problems with gum disease, bad breath, and tooth decay. Gum disease linked to diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and even premature birth, so it’s no small risk.

The Cost of Braces

The out-of-pocket cost of braces is dependent on a number of factors. These include the severity of the problem being treated, the recommended treatment time, type of braces chosen, and your insurance plan. Of all of these, your insurance plan is the most important.

Not all dental insurance plans cover the cost of orthodontic treatment, though some will cover it in part for patients under 18. Talk with your insurance company about coverage or ask our front desk insurance experts for help. To make sure nothing comes between you and a healthy, beautiful smile, we have affordable payment plans, including Care Credit®, and we accept most major credit cards.

Without insurance, the estimated cost of braces ranges from $3000 to $10,000. The least expensive braces are traditional metal braces. And, contrary to what you may have heard, Invisalign is not the most expensive option. Lingual braces are more expensive.

The Bottom Line

Braces come with a cost of both money and time, but the investment is worthwhile. Flaws in a person’s smile can affect them psychologically from their teen years into adulthood, more so than wearing braces for a few years or less. As your orthodontist, Dr. David Markham will examine your oral health, medical health history, x-rays, and bite. He’ll explain all aspects of his suggested treatment plan and answer your questions, so you can make an informed decision about braces.

Are you ready to continue your “orthodontics near me” search by booking an appointment? Contact Markham Orthodontics online or call either of our two locations. You can reach the Natomas location at 916-924-8970 and the Gold River location at 916-635-5400.

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When Will My Children Need Orthodontic Treatments?

By Braces, Invisalign, Orthodontics, Teens

young teen with orthodontic treatmentsOne common question we field at our Sacramento, CA office is, “When is a good age for my child to start orthodontic treatments?” Dr. David Markham regularly consults with parents about what age their children can begin Invisalign treatments or braces. He will base his recommendations off of several factors. If you are curious about which factors may influence the age your child begins orthodontic treatments, this blog will help.

Factors That Influence Your Child’s Treatment Timeline

By age 8, 9, or soon after, the average child has lost most of his or her baby teeth, and the majority of permanent teeth have fully emerged. One factor that will impact when your child begins orthodontic treatment is the severity of the misalignment of your child’s teeth. Dr. Markham may recommend Invisalign or braces to address:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Dental crowding
  • Malocclusion (overbite or underbite)

The average age that children begin using braces is around 11. Beyond the severity of your child’s teeth misalignment, these factors may influence when your child begins orthodontic treatment.

  • Whether all of your child’s adult teeth have emerged
  • Whether your child is developmentally ready to clean and maintain braces
  • Whether your child has completed treatments to address jaw alignment that braces cannot address
  • Whether your child has completed early intervention orthodontics

Pinpointing the perfect age for braces can be difficult. Fortunately, there’s no expiration date on when braces can be placed. Each child’s mouth develops at different rates. Some children may have all of their adult teeth by age nine. Other may new a few more years. The consensus is that early adolescence is an ideal time.

A Healthy Smile Starts With An Early Orthodontic Evaluation

In general, your child should have his or her first orthodontic evaluation by age 7. Although your child may still have adult teeth that are yet to emerge, this early evaluation will allow Dr. Markham to begin learning about the orthodontic needs of your child. An orthodontist like Dr. Markham has specialized training in straightening teeth that your family dentist may not have. During your child’s first orthodontic evaluation, Dr. Markham may:

  • Examine your child’s teeth and jaw
  • Examine your child’s bite (jaw alignment)
  • Take X-rays of your child’s teeth and jaws to see how they are positioned
  • Take a mold or impression of your child’s teeth

Dr. Markham is an advocate for early intervention orthodontics. By acting early, later orthodontic treatments may be less invasive and more effective. Examples of early intervention orthodontics include:

  • Tooth extraction (of baby teeth) to help adult teeth emerge easily
  • Use of a fixed or removable appliance to move teeth, reposition the jaw, or hold adult teeth in place

Contact Our Office Today

There are many factors to consider when deciding what age is best for your child to undergo orthodontic treatments. We are proud to offer high-quality, precision orthodontic care in the Sacramento, CA and Auburn, CA areas. If you would like to see what orthodontic treatment options are available for you, contact our practice to schedule a free consultation with our team! Contact our office online or call us at (916) 924-8970.

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A New Age in Adult Braces: Quicker and Easier than Ever

By Braces, Invisalign, Orthodontics, Retainer

Braces are no longer just for teenagers. Adults opt for orthodontics for a variety of reasons. Many adults did not undergo orthodontic treatment during childhood, though they needed it. With age, childhood dental issues worsened, leading to jaw pain, difficulty chewing, headaches, and even chronic tooth decay. For others, not wearing a retainer has led to hard-earned smiles dissolving as teeth reverted to their pre-orthodontic positions. Read More

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