We know that you have a lot of choices and questions when looking for braces for yourself or your child. That's why we'd like to take a moment to help you understand what you should consider when looking for an orthodontist.
Getting braces for yourself or your child is a significant commitment. The process can mean regular visits and adjustments over a 12 to 36 month period. Not only that, but braces can change the bite, jaw alignment, and even the shape of your face. Add to that the sticker price and most patients shop around just looking for the cheapest deal.
Now before we go any further, we'd like to let you know that we offer many benefits to our orthodontic patients, beginning with a free initial consultation, discounted cleanings during your treatment, and a set contract price ... to mention a few. For our uninsured patients, we also offer incentives and payment plans to help make braces affordable. And if you have a treatment plan from another provider, we encourage you to give us a call to see if we can beat it.
But more importantly, we'd like you to point out that when selecting an orthodontist there are issues that transcend price alone.
What we would like you to consider is that - braces can radically transform your or your child's mouth, bite, and even face. We advise that you never just base your decision on price alone - but instead consider which provider will deliver the best outcomes over the long run.
Beyond finding an orthodontist with whom you feel comfortable, there are two factors that can help you differentiate between practitioners.
How many years have they been practicing? How many patients have they treated? Have they seen the effects of their work play out over hundreds and thousands of patients? And, have they treated other patients who have similar issues and desired outcomes?
Something often overlooked by patients is: is the orthodontist they are considering board certified.
Becoming American Board of Orthodontics certified is reserved for an elite few orthodontists who have voluntarily pursued 3 more years of rigorous education and competitive residency specifically in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics . Less than 1 in 3 orthodontists pursue this personal and professional commitment because of the additional time, work, and investment that it demands.
Board certified orthodontists are truly the top of the crop. They are uniquely qualified to treat the full range of orthodontic cases in both children and adults.
Orthodontists have long debated whether or not extractions help or hurt in the long run, since removing teeth can alter not only the shape of the mouth, but the entire face.
Additionally, there is emerging research that extractions may affect sleep-time breathing; since extracting teeth and pushing the remaining ones back can affect how much room there is for the tongue in the back of the mouth.
So when meeting with prospective orthodontists we recommend that patients who have over-crowded teeth and jaws discuss what are the options, timings, and potential long term effects of extracting vs. not-extracting. This is not a simple or a one-size-fits all situation.
Dr. Hao is our board certified orthodontist. He has treated both children and adults, transforming nearly TEN THOUSAND smiles in his many years.
ABC Dental is committed to delivering amazing and affordable braces. We work with our clients to help them get the treatment they need.
If you have a treatment plan from another provider, we encourage you to give us a call to see if we can beat it.
There are many options and variables to consider when exploring braces for yourself or your child. The best way to get clear answers is to see one of our orthodontists for a free initial consultation. Call our office today. We’re happy to answer questions and even review treatment plans from other providers.
The costs tend to vary depending on the current state of your teeth and which braces you choose. Our specialist will evaluate your teeth and make the most cost-conscious recommendations. We’re also happy to review treatment plans from other providers and offer you a competitive bid. We’re here to work with you. While braces can be life changing, the expense can be a bit daunting.
Here are our accepted insurance programs, call our office for assistance to see what portions will be covered.
Metal braces (traditional braces): These are the braces that come to mind traditionally. They are made up of metal wires and brackets, smaller then earlier metal versions. More recently, the metal wires can be activated by your body’s heat thereby moving the teeth faster and with less pain than in the past. The metal braces are the most affordable braces. Most parents opt for metal braces because they get the job done for the least amount of investment.
Ceramic braces: These use the same bracket and wire structure of metal braces, except they’re made of ceramic in clear of colors that match the teeth, thereby seeming almost invisible. These braces are more expensive than traditional metal braces, but like metal braces move the teeth faster than the Invisalign option. The only downside of the ceramic braces are that they can get discolored if they’re not cared for properly.
Lingual braces: Lingual braces are essentially metal braces placed behind the teeth. The benefit of these braces is that they are practically invisible. The downside is that they can be more uncomfortable than the front adhered braces, more expensive, and more difficult to align. Lingual braces are not appropriate for severe cases.
Invisalign: Sometimes called “clear braces,” Invisalign is the least intrusive, but most costly ‘braces’ option. It consists of a range (usually 18-30) custom plastic aligners that are replaced every two weeks. Invisalign allows wearers to eat and drink whatever they want, and they’re nearly invisible. They are the most expensive option and not appropriate for severe cases. While invisalign can take longer to achieve results in some cases, many of our patients swear by them.
On average patients wear braces for 18-24 months. Your doctor will advise you on the expected time for your individual case, which takes into account your individual situation and the braces you select.
Call our office or check out our extensive Braces FAQs - if you have further questions.
ABC Dental has extended office hours 6 Days a week and plenty of free parking.
4608 W Diversey
(In Hall Plaza with the Walmart)
Chicago, IL 60639
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