Traditional Braces - Western Massachusetts

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Uniform teeth contribute to better oral health, create stronger bites, and (of course) lead to a stronger sense of self-esteem. If you or your loved one is ready to take the plunge with braces in Western Massachusetts and finally correct those frustrating gaps and misalignments, you’ve certainly come to the right place here at Treehouse Orthodontics. We only use the highest quality brackets and wires, and no materials are EVER recycled from case to case. To schedule a one-on-one consultation, please contact one of our eight orthodontic office locations, including Northampton, Amherst, and West Springfield.

Why Choose Treehouse Orthodontics for Traditional Braces?

  • We See Ages 8 to 88!
  • Over 50 Years of Experience
  • Dental Insurance Accepted & Payment Plans Available

Traditional Braces

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Traditional braces have been around for many years, and their effectiveness when it comes to correcting even the most severe orthodontic concerns is unquestioned. Children and adults alike are great candidates for this reliable treatment plan.

Construction-wise, braces have three distinct components. First, there are the brackets, which are directly bonded onto the surface of teeth; each bracket will have unique characteristics depending on its position and the goals our orthodontists hope to accomplish with its placement. Once the foundation is in place, it’s time to add the catalyst – the archwire. Your orthodontic wire is attached to the brackets while bent. As it returns to its original shape, it will apply a consistent amount of pressure to the teeth and shift them towards their desired alignment. Finally, elastics will connect the brackets and archwire(s), and they come in a variety of fun and neutral colors that our patients can choose from.

Understanding the Cost of Traditional Braces

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Your financial situation should never stand in the way of you or your loved one achieving a straight, healthy smile. Many factors affect the cost of traditional braces, but Treehouse Orthodontics strives to keep a confident smile within everyone’s budget. Our office offers various financial solutions to keep braces affordable.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Traditional Braces

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Your mouth is as unique as your fingerprints. As a result, there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment to fix bite and alignment problems. Your orthodontist will perform a comprehensive consultation to create a personalized treatment plan. While every situation differs, your estimate might include:

  • Preparatory Procedures: It’s not unusual to require a little prep work, like gum disease treatment or tooth extractions.
  • Appliances: Some patients require special appliances before or along with braces, like palate expanders.
  • Complexity of Tooth Movements: Major tooth movements can take more time to treat, which can increase the cost.

Professional Braces vs. "DIY" Braces: Which Costs More?

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Mail-order aligners and DIY kits might save some money, but they can cost you your smile. Moving teeth requires precision or serious complications can occur, including tooth loss. Correcting bite and alignment problems requires art and science to ensure a balance between the upper and lower teeth. Although you might save money upfront, it can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars fto fix problems caused by DIY braces. You can skip the risks by visiting an orthodontist for treatment. Our team is qualified to treat the most complex alignment issues safely and effectively.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Braces?

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Many dental plans offer orthodontic coverage. Your dental insurance may pay some of the expenses for your consultation, diagnostic services, or preparatory treatments. After meeting your deductible, your dental insurance will pay a set amount for your treatment, which often ranges from $500 to $2,000. We will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to maximize your orthodontic benefits. A member of our office will explain how your coverage is being used and your out-of-pocket responsibility.

Options for Making Braces Affordable

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Treehouse Orthodontics offers various payment options to accommodate your budget, like:

  • Traditional Payments: Our office accepts cash, personal checks, and credit cards for your convenience.
  • Financing: We accept third-party financing for any out-of-pocket expenses, like CareCredit. Based on your credit approval, you can make monthly payments with little or no interest in financing.

Traditional Orthodontic FAQs

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Traditional orthodontics can fix a variety of bite and alignment problems; however, braces are a big investment. Don't worry if you have any concerns because your orthodontist will explain everything during your consultation. You can also contact our office or take a look at the most frequently asked questions below.

Am I Too Old to Get Braces?

You're never too old to invest in a straight, healthy smile. 1 in 5 orthodontic patients is over the age of 18. Age is just a number when it comes to your candidacy or braces. Your orthodontist will examine your mouth to look for anything concerning that must be addressed first, like cavities or gum disease. Although it may add a couple more steps to your treatment plan, you'll have a straight smile in no time.

How Long Do Traditional Braces Take?

The average treatment with metal braces is about 18 to 24 months, but many factors affect the duration. Age can play a role in your treatment’s timeline because adult teeth are firmly set in the jawbone, so it can take longer for them to move. The complexity of the tooth movements needed can also influence how long you'll need to wear braces. You can ensure there aren't any delays in the process by following your orthodontist’s instructions and maintaining your appointments for adjustments.

Are Traditional Braces Cheaper Than Invisalign?

Believe it or not, traditional braces and Invisalign can cost about the same, depending on your situation. Your orthodontist can give you an estimate for both options, and you may be able to use your dental insurance. If your policy includes orthodontic coverage, your insurance will pay a set amount after meeting your annual deductible. We will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to maximize your benefits to lower the amount you will pay out-of-pocket. We also offer various financial solutions to keep a straight smile affordable for everyone.

What Happens When Braces Come Off?

When it's time for your braces to come off, your orthodontic journey isn't over just yet. You'll need to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from moving back into their previous positions. Initially, you may need to wear it all the time. As your teeth begin to set in their new positions, you'll need to wear it less often, until it's only needed at night. Retainers come in many discreet options, so you don't have to worry about it affecting your professional image.

Can Braces Fix TMJ Dysfunction?

Braces can be a great option to treat TMJ disorders caused by a poor bite. They will move your teeth to improve the relationship between your upper and lower arches to take pressure off your temporomandibular joints. You can enjoy a permanent fix to resolve your TMJ dysfunction; however, every case differs.