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FAQ’s

Do I really need braces?
The free consultation provided by Dr. Arnold will provide you with an answer to this question. Straight teeth can provide you with many benefits including the fact that they are easier to brush and keep clean, helping to prevent cavities and periodontal disease. Straight teeth also increase confidence and self image. Proper jaw alignment is important in a growing child to provide better function of the teeth and in preventing more serious problems from occurring: such as headaches and chewing problems.

Do I still need to see my regular dentist?
YES. As orthodontic treatment can provide you with a beautiful smile, you should still have a comprehensive dental examination regularly with your dentist. With braces, cleanings are needed every 6 months and possibly every 3 months to keep the teeth and gums healthy during orthodontic treatment.

How is an orthodontist different than a dentist?
An orthodontist has had 2-3 years of an advanced residency following 4 years of dental school for specialized orthodontic training to diagnose and treat dental and facial irregularities in patients.

How long will I need to be in braces?
Dr. Arnold can give you an estimated time in treatment. However, everyone’s teeth move differently and at different rates. Missed appointments and broken appliances can also increase your time in braces.

Do braces hurt?
There have been some amazing advances in orthodontics making orthodontic treatment more comfortable. Brackets are smaller and smoother. Wires are gentler that work over a period of time rather than an immediate strong force. There can be some initial discomfort with new appliances and for 2-3 days following an adjustment. Over the counter pain relievers are recommended.

Do I have to wear retainers?
Absolutely! If the instructions given by the doctor for retainer wear are not followed, the teeth will move. They are important after braces are removed to allow the teeth to stabilize. Teeth will shift and following instructions for wear is very important.

How do I pay?

Payment Options

Financial options are discussed during the initial visit. Dr. Arnold and his staff are committed to providing excellent dental care and guide patients in choosing the best payment option for their individual needs. We accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, and Care Credit (a health care credit card).

Dental Insurance

Your insurance is a contract between your employer and a dental insurance company. Benefits received are based on the terms of the contract negotiated between your employer and the dental insurance company, and not your dental office. The goal of most dental insurance policies is to provide only basic care for specific dental services. The benefits that you receive from the dental insurance company for your current insurance plan have nothing to do with you or achieving a high-quality, complete result. Your benefits are decided between your employer and the insurance company. Many needed services may not be covered. Our office will do everything possible to help you understand and make the most of your dental insurance benefits. As a courtesy, our office will complete and submit your insurance forms to achieve the maximum reimbursement to which you are entitled. Please remember that you are ultimately responsible for all expenses incurred. We urge you to read the policy so that you are fully aware of coverage and any limitations of the benefits provided.