Question and Answer Session on Adult Orthodontics
After sending out a call for questions on the topic of adult orthodontics, Pediatric Dental Associates and Orthodontics got several great responses. And they’re going to be answered below.
Are there payment options for adult orthodontic treatment?
Absolutely, yes. PDAO will work with your insurance company and set you up with monthly payments. Do not let financing hold you back from getting the treatment you need.
Is it more difficult to fix adult teeth with braces than a child’s?
Yes and no. And there’s two reasons for that answer.
Most cases are not going to be difficult. They’re going to be straight forward, clear braces or Invisalign.
For adults who lost a tooth or have gum issues, those cases can take a little bit longer or may be more difficult. But overall it’s about the same. Underlying issues can affect the time period.
Does PDAO maintain or replace permanent retainers for adults?
In most cases, patients will come in for a consult and see where they’re at. If you’ve lost your retainer and didn’t wear them for years, that may be a new orthodontic case.
If you’ve been wearing them for years and just need a replacement, then staff can bring you in and get a new replacement made for you.
Do you think Invisalign and other clear aligner trays are as effective as wire braces?
Yes. Invisalign has come so far in its product. But whether it’s a clear aligner tray or wire braces, they’re all moving your teeth. It’s just a little different type of tool.
Is there a fee for consultation?
Absolutely not. All consultations are free. That includes photos you need and any type of scans and x-rays that are necessary.
The consultation will typically last an hour. Patients will meet with Dr. Jason Landers and a treatment coordinator. By the end of the appointment, you’ll have the full cost, plus what any insurance will cover.
What insurance do you take?
PDAO accepts almost any insurance. It’s in network with Delta Dental of Arkansas, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Cigna.
With orthodontics, most of the time, you don’t have to go to an in-network provider. You’ll typically still get your full benefits. That’s not for every insurance, every single plan, and every employer, but for the most part, you won’t lose any benefits by going to an out-of-network provider.
Call the office at (479) 582-0600, and they’ll investigate, checking what your insurance will cover.
Consults are free. Get a jump on doing them without having to come in by going to www.SmilesAreWild.com. Click on the virtual consult tool on the left side of the screen. It looks like a blue bar.
Or you can click on the orthodontics tab to start a virtual consult.
Once you start that process, you’ll set up an account, and everything will be emailed or texted to you when your results are ready.