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Orthodontics and Braces FAQs

In our effort to help you make informed dental care decisions, we've included answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about orthodontics and braces below.

One of the most common questions we encounter is "how can I save money on the orthodontic treatment I need?" Simply enter your ZIP code to compare the savings offered by the affordable discount dental plans near you and find a participating orthodontist in your area today!

Orthodontics and Braces FAQ's

What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses on enhancing a patient's profile and smile by straightening their teeth. Braces and other orthodontic treatment alternatives are used to correct a patient's bite and align their teeth, resulting in improved dental health and increased self-confidence. Click here to search our dentist directory and find an orthodontist in your area today!

How do orthodontists straighten teeth?
Orthodontists use braces and other orthodontic alternatives to gradually reposition the teeth and jaw to achieve an optimum bite, improving the patient's appearance and health. Braces are brackets attached to the teeth and connected by arch wire that gently guide crooked teeth into the correct positions.

How do I find an orthodontist?
Once you've made the decision to improve your smile and dental health, the next step is to find an orthodontist. Click here to find an orthodontist in your area by searching our extensive network of dentists and dental care specialists. Simply enter your ZIP code and choose "Orthodontics" from the "Type of dentist" drop-down list. Our easy-to-use search tool will even allow you to search by name, practice name or other specialty.

Why is straightening your teeth important?
If left untreated, malocclusions or "bad bites" can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, digestive problems and other health issues. Also, straightening your teeth can improve your appearance and self-esteem.

What causes orthodontic problems?
Orthodontic problems are typically inherited, but they can also be acquired by developmental factors. Some of the most commonly inherited conditions include crooked teeth, crowded teeth and other irregularities of the teeth and jaw. Acquired problems can be caused by developmental factors such as thumb sucking, mouth breathing, and the premature loss of baby or permanent teeth.

How much do orthodontic treatments usually cost?
The cost of treatment depends on numerous factors, including the complexity, method and estimated length of treatment. So, treatment costs for individual cases will vary. Correcting an orthodontic problem early can be far more cost-effective than treating the more serious problems it can cause over the years. Enter your ZIP code to save money on your dental care with an affordable discount dental plan.

How long do orthodontic treatments usually last?
Generally, orthodontic treatments usually last from 18 to 30 months, with the average treatment taking 24 months. Length of treatment depends on the severity of the problem, the proposed treatment plan, the patient's cooperation and other factors.

How do I take care of my braces?
As always, it's very important to practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing after every meal. Hard and sticky foods should be avoided since they can damage your braces. Be sure to keep all of your orthodontic appointments and follow the instructions and recommendations given by your orthodontist.

How can I save money on my dental care, including braces?
Discount dental plans offer savings of 10% to 60% on most dental procedures, and are an easy way for you to save money at the dentist or dental specialists like orthodontists. Many discount dental plans offer deep discounts on braces at participating orthodontists. The UNI-CARE 200 Discount Dental Plan is one of many plans that offer its members a 20% discount off participating orthodontists' usual fees. Join a discount dental plan today and start saving on your dental care.