More adults are having their teeth straightened than before. If you’re thinking about getting braces, here’s what you should know to get started.
Braces are about more than having a pretty smile. If you didn’t have orthodontic treatment as a child, you may have had problems that were left untreated like an overbite or underbite, crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw. You could be experiencing tooth decay, headaches and earaches, chewing issues or gum disease as a result.
The cost of braces depends on whether or not your plan offers orthodontic coverage. Costs can vary depending on your coverage, the services you need and whether or not you see an in-network orthodontist.
Delta Dental can help estimate costs before treatment begins. Ask your dentist to submit a pre-treatment estimate to us, and we’ll send you an overview of the total treatment cost, including how much your plan pays and your share of the cost.
You should ask your dentist for a recommendation, ask friends or family for references, or use our Find a Dentist tool.
Your first consultation with an orthodontist should cover several areas, including:
Many orthodontists recommend metal braces for their reliability but, thanks to technology, you may have other options. Talk with your orthodontist about what would work best for you.
Yes. Getting regular checkups and cleanings from your dentist is more important than before because it can be difficult to maintain good oral hygiene with braces.
Last updated December 14, 2021
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