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Orthodontic Devices and Appliances

Orthodontic appliances are created by your orthodontist to help correct or prevent orthodontic issues in the mouth. Common orthodontic appliances include expansion appliances, palate expanders, elastics, positioners, spacers, retainers, and habit appliances which are used curb common habits such as thumb sucking and nail biting.

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Your orthodontist will recommend an orthodontic appliance, often as part of your overall orthodontic treatment plan, either prior to having your braces applied or in conjunction with your braces. Appliances are to be used as prescribed for the full length of treatment. Different appliances function differently and the orthodontist will take time to carefully explain your appliance before it is installed.

Thumb sucking is a normal and common reflex in infants and very young children; unfortunately as children develop teeth and their palates form, thumb sucking can impair proper development and can severely misalign the teeth. For good measure to prevent orthodontic issues, children should stop sucking their thumb by age 4.

We offer an intraoral thumb sucking device that is fixed inside the mouth to help break the habit of thumb sucking, by making it difficult to place the thumb behind the teeth. These thumb sucking appliances are often used for up to a year (or longer) until the habit is completely broken. Talk to your dentist at your next appointment, if you are interested in this appliance for your child.

We provide high-quality, affordable and low cost orthodontics and appliances for adults and children. Orthodontic appliances vary in price, dependent on the device. There are several ways to pay for your orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontics and appliances financing and payment plans

We provide several financing plans and payment options that allow you to pay for your braces in smaller more manageable payments, plus our Dental Discount Plan provides deep discounts to make braces affordable for kids, teens and adults. We accept all major credit cards, as well as work with Care Credit, iCare and Orthobanc financing programs.

Can you pay for orthodontic appliances using insurance?

If your dental insurance includes coverage for orthodontics, then you can apply your benefits to help cover the cost of your treatment. The amount that dental insurance plans cover varies by plan. If your plan does not cover orthodontics, it’s possible to add a supplemental orthodontic plan. Contact your insurer for benefit details specific to your plan.

It may take a few days to feel comfortable with the fit and function of an orthodontic appliance and adjusting to normal daily activities. It is not uncommon for patients to experience discomfort or irritation from orthodontic devices as the mouth adjusts to new movement. As the teeth shift, the tissue and ligaments in the mouth must move and reform as well; movement in the mouth can cause temporary discomfort for a few days. While orthodontic treatment is not painful, many patients report annoyance or discomfort for a few days after treatment. If you feel pain from an orthodontic appliance, call your orthodontic office for an emergency appointment.

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