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A Comprehensive Guide to Orthodontics

This comprehensive guide to orthodontics will provide you with information on the types of treatment available, costs, and insurance coverage. We’ll also look at what to expect in an emergency. Lastly, we’ll discuss what to look for when your child needs emergency treatment. Let’s get started. Read on to learn more! Until next time, happy smiling! And as always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Treatment Options

There are several different treatment options for orthodontics. While many start treatment as young as age six, there is no set order for treatment. Instead, it is determined by a child’s oral health and individual case. Early treatment may be sufficient in some cases, as a child still has some baby teeth, but in others, it is not enough. Then again, it is never too early for orthodontic treatment.

In adults, there are several reasons why it may be a good idea to have an orthodontic procedure. For instance, if your teeth are positioned incorrectly, you may be more likely to suffer from a damaged tooth than a patient who has a straight bite. Additionally, an improper bite may lead to headaches and jaw problems. Treatment can correct this problem and reduce the strain on your jaw. Ultimately, this procedure will help you improve your smile.


Whether you need a simple set of braces or a complete set of orthodontics, orthodontic treatment costs are high. However, crooked teeth can cause long-term medical problems, including trouble chewing. Orthodontic insurance covers the initial cost of orthodontic treatment but may not cover subsequent visits, retainers, or the costs of maintaining a straight smile. In this case, you should seek out a different orthodontic dental insurance plan.

For example, metal braces are often used to correct misaligned teeth. Metal braces exert constant pressure on each tooth, gently moving crooked teeth into the proper position. The fees for orthodontic treatment can vary widely between dentists and are based on various factors, including the severity of your case. Therefore, it is best to consult an orthodontist before committing to a specific payment plan. Many patients take advantage of their insurance benefits, flex spending plans, and other financial arrangements to help cover orthodontic treatment costs.

Insurance Coverage

Dental insurance does not always cover orthodontics, and you will have to pay out of pocket for the treatment. Insurance coverage for orthodontics does exist, but it varies from plan to plan. Insurance plans generally cover certain types of treatments up to a specific lifetime maximum. In many cases, you are responsible for the costs up to the deductible and may need to pay a copay for the rest. Therefore, you should contact your provider to verify whether you’re eligible for orthodontic coverage before starting treatment.

The most comprehensive PPO plan has a maximum annual limit of $1,500 per person and a $50 per person deductible. This plan also covers 50 percent of orthodontic treatments after six months and may include them for specific procedures. Some Aetna dental plans include orthodontic coverage, so check yours to see if it covers this treatment. If not, you can call the number on your ID card to find out if they offer orthodontic coverage.

Signs of an Emergency

You should contact your clinic immediately if an emergency arises during your orthodontic treatment. These emergencies often aren’t life-threatening but uncomfortable and can impact your progress. Typically, the crisis involves a broken tooth or a problem with an appliance. During this time, your orthodontist will evaluate your situation and determine whether an emergency orthodontic appliance needs to be replaced or adjusted.

When undergoing orthodontic treatment, you may experience soreness or minor aches afterward. While most orthodontic emergencies are relatively small, some patients may experience significant pain in their mouths. Even if you have minor annoyance, it is important to seek emergency care as soon as possible. Emergency dental care is important to avoid further damage or loss of teeth. In addition, knowing how to respond to these emergencies will help you feel more comfortable throughout your orthodontic treatment.