Get a Beautiful Smile with Affordable Braces - Placerville Orthodontics
Considering Getting Braces?
Our patients often ask Dr. Sanders and the team at Placerville Orthodontics about braces and other orthodontic treatments because they want straighter teeth and a healthier, better-looking smile. These are wonderful reasons for both adults and children to get braces. But braces are also an important way of improving long-term oral health by correcting issues that can produce serious problems later on down the road. Problems that braces can correct include:
- Spacing issues from missing or extra teeth
- Underbites and jaw protrusions
- Difficulty with chewing or speaking
- Crowded, crooked, protruding, and misplaced teeth
- Upper teeth biting inside lower teeth
Here’s what you need to know to get you started on your smile journey.
Welcome to Placerville Orthodontics
At Placerville Orthodontics, the offices of Dr. Matthew Sanders, we want to make a difference in your life with a thoughtful treatment plan for maximizing your smile with the braces that are right for you. We have created a space that allows you to really be yourself, with the coaching and tools necessary to help you achieve a smile that will last a lifetime. Our services, including Invisalign® clear aligners and In-Ovation® self-ligating braces, are designed with your unique smile in mind. We invite you to schedule an appointment for a free consultation, and look forward to getting to know you.
We appreciate the opportunity to help you or your child achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of. If you have questions, you can choose to go ahead and fill out our consultation form and ask your question in the contact field, give us a call, or read on to find answers to some of the questions we hear most often!
How much do braces cost?
People often ask us how much braces cost. But that’s a difficult question to answer, as no two mouths are alike! The cost of braces depends on how long your treatment plan is, the types of interventions that are needed (pulling down impacted teeth, for instance), and the type of braces used. To get a quote, contact us to schedule a free exam!
But we know that many of our patients are eager to get started, and you’ll be happy to know that we offer same-day braces! When possible, we can get you started with your braces or Invisalign treatment the day you walk into our office.
Even better, we have affordable and convenient payment plans, and accept most dental insurance plans!
We know that orthodontic treatment is a big investment, but we don't want this to be the reason someone holds back from making a worthwhile decision to achieve a healthier and more confident smile for themselves, a child, or loved one. We will work hard to make a payment plan that fits your budget! Here are some of the ways we can make this work for your needs:
- We offer 0% interest in-house financing plans that are flexible.
- We accept all major credit cards.
- We offer a discount for treatment when the fee is paid in full when starting treatment.
- We offer payment arrangements that can be extended beyond treatment.
We accept most insurance plans. In many cases, your orthodontic benefit will reduce your out-of-pocket cost even further. We conveniently take care of all of this for you by submitting your claim directly from our office so you don't have to!
We are considered an “In-Network” provider with a large number of insurance companies. You may receive a discount on treatment when choosing our office due to your “In-Network” privileges with your insurance provider. The list of insurance options we accept is too long to list here, but just a few of the insurance companies we work with include:
- Aetna PPO
- Blue Shield of California
- CCPOA Benefit Trust Fund
- Cigna HMO
- Cigna Dental PPO
- Delta Dental PPO, Premier & TRICARE
- Delta Dental TRICARE
- Delta Health Systems
- Guardian PPO
- Lincoln Financial Group
- Premier Access
- Sunlife Financial
If you don’t see your insurance company here, just ask us—this list doesn’t cover all the insurance policies we accept! We will work with you to make your coverage work for you and reduce your out-of-pocket costs for orthodontic treatment.
Do braces hurt?
When you first get your braces, you may notice that your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. This is perfectly normal, and we promise your mouth will not be sore forever!
To relieve the pain, we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of lukewarm water. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth for just a couple of minutes, but do not swallow the salt water.
If the pain is more severe and does not go away after rinsing, you can also try taking a pain reliever. It is not uncommon for your lips, cheeks, and tongue to become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become used to the braces. We would be happy to give you some wax you can put over the braces to lessen the tenderness. If you need some wax, please let us know.
What types of braces are there?
Traditional Metal Braces: Traditional metal braces are the most common type, and are more comfortable today than ever. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.
Self-Litigating Braces: Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, which means fewer appointments and less friction on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces, but use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure placed on the tooth, and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.
Clear Ceramic Braces: Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, they are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. Though they are visually less prominent, they require more attention to oral hygiene because ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Clear Aligners: Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment; plus, brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and contain no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.
Lingual Braces: Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore “invisible” when you smile. They are 100% customized to match the shape of your teeth; the metal appliances are created uniquely for you. Lingual braces are a very reasonable option for athletes, models, actors/actresses, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals.
What ages are braces suitable for? Can young children or adults get braces?
Braces and other orthodontic treatments are a great choice for people of all ages who want a beautiful smile and healthy teeth!
For children: By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, which makes it easier for an orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery. We can help guide the growth of your child’s jaw to ensure their permanent teeth come in straight, create more room for crowded teeth, and avoid the need for tooth extractions later in life.
For teenagers: This is the age that most people associate with having braces. At this point, we can still ensure that your child’s jaw develops appropriate, straighten crooked teeth, free impacted teeth, and remedy a variety of other dental issues before they cause serious consequences.
For adults: The main difference to remember when treating adults versus children is that in younger patients the jawbones are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may mean a need for orthognathic surgery to align the jawbones. We recognize that adults have unique needs, and sometimes require greater levels of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatments, and ensure that you get a smile that meets your goals and gives you joy in your everyday life.