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Adult Orthodontics – Plano, TX

Fix Orthodontic Problems While
Keeping Your Professional Appearance

It’s estimated that a quarter of all orthodontic patients in the nation are over 18 years old. Whether you’re in college or are well into establishing your career, it’s never too late to fix orthodontic issues and straightening your smile. Not only will this boost your confidence, but it will also improve your oral health and help you enjoy your natural grin for longer. Our team at Willow Bend Orthodontics of Plano have helped countless adult patients achieve beautiful results that they feel proud of. To learn more about our treatment options, using adult orthodontics in Plano, TX, schedule a free consultation with us today!

Why Choose Willow Bend Orthodontics of Plano
for Adult Orthodontics?

  • Discreet & Convenient Invisalign Treatment
  • Custom-Designed Orthodontic Treatment For Adults
  • Dental Insurance Maximized & 0% In-House Financing

Adult vs. Childhood Orthodontic Treatments

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Orthodontics are often recommended for children because their facial and jaw structure is still growing. This allows orthodontic treatment to make permanent and lifelong changes that can have a positive impact on their self-esteem and oral health down the road.

For adults, even though your facial structure is set and won’t budge, we can still straighten your teeth and your bite, reducing your risk of developing oral problems. Dr. Jones and Dr. Hanson offer a variety of customized treatment plans that are non-invasive and able to help adult patients enjoy lifelong results that are well worth the financial and time investment.

Adult Orthodontic Treatments

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Our two most popular adult orthodontic treatment options are Invisalign in Plano and clear ceramic braces. Invisalign utilizes clear, custom-tailored trays that can be easily removed to allow you to brush, floss, and eat like you would before you started treatment. They’re convenient and have a faster average treatment time than traditional braces.

Clear ceramic braces work just like traditional braces but are significantly more discreet. Instead of metal, they utilize clear brackets and tooth-colored archwires that provide enhanced comfort and discretion. Each of our adult orthodontic treatments are customized to fit your needs while providing solutions to gapped, crooked, and crowded teeth as well as bite misalignment.

Understanding the Cost of Adult Orthodontics

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The cost of adult braces in Plano varies from patient to patient. When you come in for your consultation , we will assess your situation, discuss your treatment options, and provide you with a custom cost estimate. We will also help you understand and explore different payment methods with the objective of making it as easy as possible for you to afford a healthier, straighter smile.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Adult Orthodontics

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A few factors that can affect the price of adult braces in Plano include:

  • The severity of your dental misalignment. More severe, complex cases take longer to correct than simpler cases. They might also require additional accessories and more frequent appointments. Naturally, such factors can increase the overall cost of care.
  • The type of treatment. We offer several types of orthodontic treatments for adults. Some patients decide to get traditional metal braces, which tend to be the lowest-priced solution. If you are more interested in aesthetics, you might choose Invisalign or clear/ceramic braces instead. These more discreet options tend to have a higher cost than traditional orthodontics.
  • Missteps during treatment. If you accidentally break one of your orthodontic devices or make other mistakes throughout your treatment period, you might have to pay slightly more.

Adult Orthodontics vs. Regular Braces: Which Costs More?

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“Regular braces” consist of traditional metal brackets and wires. They can be used to treat patients of almost any age, so they fall into the category of “adult orthodontics.” The downside to them is that, in many people’s minds, they come with a somewhat juvenile connotation.

Many mature patients prefer subtler options that have a professional, discreet appearance, such as ceramic braces or clear aligners. Such options cost a bit more, but they may be worth it for you if you want to enjoy the most confident, natural-looking smile possible throughout your treatment.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Adult Orthodontics?

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Many dental insurance policies that cover orthodontia do so only for minors. However, there are a number of exceptions. If you have a high-end policy, it may have a once-in-a-lifetime provision for orthodontic treatment, regardless of your age. Depending on the details of your plan, it might cover half of your treatment’s cost, up to the amount of the policy’s lifetime orthodontic spending limit. Many patients who use their insurance enjoy a reduction in out-of-pocket costs of hundreds of dollars.

If your insurance does not cover your braces, you might be able to use your healthcare savings account or flexible spending account instead.

Options for Making Adult Orthodontics Affordable

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As your orthodontist in Plano , we want you to be able to afford your treatment. To that end, we are proud to offer in-house financing. Via reasonable monthly installments, you may be able to pay for your braces or clear aligners over time. Just let us know about any financial concerns that you may have, and we will do all we can to accommodate your budget.

Would you like to learn more about the cost of adult orthodontic treatment? Contact our well-reviewed team to ask questions or schedule a consultation. We look forward to speaking with you!

Adult Orthodontics FAQs

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If you are an adult who would like to straighten your teeth, we invite you to visit us for a consultation. We have a reputation for taking great care of smiles in our community, and we would like to add you to our long list of satisfied patients. Of course, we understand if you would like more information before you commit to anything. Below, you will find answers to some frequently asked questions about adult orthodontics. Give us a call if you would like further explanation on anything you read here.

Is There an Upper Age Limit for Braces?

There is no upper age limit for braces. Whether you are a young adult in your 20s or a mature individual with many decades of life experience, orthodontic treatment may be able to benefit you. Of course, some dental health issues are more common for older individuals, and they can have a bearing on the specifics of your orthodontic treatment. For example, things like missing teeth and past dental work all have to be taken into account. However, most people with dental misalignment can benefit from braces or clear aligners, regardless of their age.

How Long Does Adult Orthodontic Treatment Take?

Adult orthodontic treatment can take anywhere from 6 months to 3 years. It depends mostly on the severity of the issues being addressed. Generally speaking, adult treatment takes slightly longer than that for children because adults’ bones have already finished developing. You can be confident that our team will do everything we can to ensure that you enjoy efficient treatment and that you avoid unnecessary delays on your way to a straighter, healthier smile.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Adult Orthodontics?

Some higher-end dental plans have a lifetime maximum for orthodontic treatment for adults, meaning that your policy could potentially slash your out of pocket costs by hundreds of dollars or more. Keep in mind as well that some plans cover traditional metal braces but are less likely to cover clear aligners or other specialty orthodontic treatments.

Of course, you will have to check your specific policy to see how it applies. Our insurance-friendly practice can guide you through the process of using your benefits and take care of all the claims paperwork for you.

Is It Painful to Get Braces as an Adult?

Modern braces and clear aligners are designed to fit well in the mouth and cause as few problems as possible for patients. However, it is important to keep in mind that orthodontic treatment works by applying consistent pressure to the teeth. Naturally, this can cause some discomfort. Sipping on cold water and taking over the counter pain relievers can help you to cope with any soreness or tenderness.

You should not expect to experience any severe pain. If you do, call your orthodontist as soon as possible. There may be an issue with your treatment that requires professional assistance.