Jonathon Granados⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Dr. Taler and his staff are amazing! I’ve had my braces about 4 months and everything has gone well. The care and service Advanced Family Dentistry provides are of highest quality and, I strongly recommend this place 🙂
In order to figure out what you need to know before you get braces, you really need to ask yourself what you want braces for in the first place. This may seem silly to some but it can be incredibly helpful if you stop to take a second to analyze what you want to get out of treatment. If it is for yourself or your children take a close look in the mirror or at their teeth and determine what exactly you do not like about the way the teeth look. Braces are not the only solution! In fact, sometimes they are even the wrong treatment. if the teeth themselves have cavities or there is gum disease or broken down teeth from grinding braces will not fix that. This is more true with adults than with children but it can apply to them as well. Veneers or bonding can provide the results that some people are looking for and can be done in far less time and sometimes for less money.
Now that you know what you are looking for, it is very important to communicate what you want to the dentist or orthodontist. He or she may tell you that they are glad that they know some of the things that are important to you and will also maybe show you some areas that they can help improve that maybe you didn’t notice. Dentistry can be a hard language to understand and communicate with so don’t be afraid to use your hands or grab the mirror and show the doctor your concerns. This is the best way to get the results that you want.
Now that you and the doctor are on the same page it is important to know your options. Clear Braces, Damon® brackets, traditional brackets invisalign®, 6 month smile®, FastBraces®, ClearCorrect® The list can go on and on forever and it is constantly changing. How does anybody keep up with it? Truth is you don’t have to. Here are the basics and the rest you can ask your doctor for specifics.
We know the treatment, now how are we going to pay for it? Figuring out financing options can sometimes be daunting and lets not kid ourselves braces are expensive. The average cost of a full treatment of Orthodontics is $6100. Insurance can often offset some of the costs but for those without insurance or for those that need to finance the balance there are multiple 0% interest or low interest long term finance options available. CareCredit is a popular one but there are many others. If paying up front in cash ask for a discount.
Last and most importantly finding a dentist you trust is the key to making any treatment work. Read up on their reviews. Ask to see before and after photos. Listen to hear what they say and don’t say and follow your gut.