Types of braces:
Who is a good candidate for braces?
Some adults who had braces as teens may want to return to wearing braces for a "touch-up" in adulthood. This is especially common when patients failed to wear their retainer as recommended after their initial orthodontic treatments during their teen years. Without proper retainer use, the teeth may shift back out of alignment to the extent that they need to be re-corrected with braces.
Common issues addressed by braces:
Braces can be used to correct mildly crooked smiles, but they are also the go-to orthodontic treatment for more serious tooth alignment problems.
To treat crowding, your local dentist may remove one or more teeth from the mouth before straightening the remaining teeth with braces. Correcting crowding is an important step towards ongoing dental health since it makes the teeth easier to keep clean.
The cost of braces varies based on four major factors.
The orthodontist you choose to help you with flexible payments.
Health insurance does not typically cover the cost of braces for adults since they are then considered a cosmetic treatment. However, in that case that teeth need to be straightened for health purposes, such as to prevent decay in a certain tooth in the future, your insurance company may agree to cover a portion of the costs.
At Gentle Care Dental, Los Angeles, we offer a range of financing options and affordable payment plans without interest.
In many cases, dental insurance will cover at least part of the cost of braces, particularly for children under the age of 18. Medi-Cal is an example of insurance that offers free braces, but it must be pre-authorized by their terms and conditions. However, you may be required to pay a portion of the costs out of pocket.