Braces FAQ in Greenbelt, MD

At University Centre Dental Associates, Dr. Elizabeth Haynes offers answers to all of your questions about braces as part of her top-notch orthodontic services for local residents in and around Washington, DC, including residents in Greenbelt, MD, and Bowie, MD, as well as Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and Anne Arundel County.

At University Centre Dental Associates, part of the Maryland Healthy Smiles Program, our mission has been to provide equal access to excellent dental care through a clean dental environment to every patient. Below are some of the frequently asked questions we receive about braces.

Am I a Good Candidate for Braces?

Braces are a possibility for people of virtually any age. Your compatibility with our braces will depend on a variety of factors. When you meet with Dr. Elizabeth Haynes, she will conduct a thorough review of your dental history and listen closely to your concerns. By treating you as an individual, Dr. Haynes can better determine whether braces would be a good option for you.

Why Do I Need Braces?

There are a variety of reasons that Dr. Haynes may recommend braces for her patients. Some of the more common concerns that require braces include crooked or gapped teeth and bite irregularities.

See the below video for an demonstration of RPE mixed dentition, a common problem fixed by braces.
 

 
See the below video for a demonstration of Maxillary First Bicuspid Extraction no crowding, a common problem fixed by braces.
 

 

How Long Do I Have to Wear Braces?

The length of time you need to wear your braces will be dependent on your age and the severity of your condition, as well as other factors. Although many patients will wear their braces for an average of 22 months, the process can range from 12 to 44 months.

How Much Do Braces Cost in Greenbelt, MD?

The cost of braces varies depending on the patient. Dr. Haynes will be happy to talk with you about braces costs during your initial consultation.

Does My Dental Insurance Cover Braces?

Your dental insurance may cover the cost of braces. Because every policy is different, the staff at University Centre Dental Associates will review your information and help determine the status of your braces coverage.

Do You Have Financing for Braces?

Yes. We provide financing through CareCredit® as an option for any out-of-pocket braces costs you may have. University Centre Dental Associates also offers a variety of payment methods to help make the process easier for our braces patients in the Washington, DC area.

Do Braces Hurt?

Most of our patients at University Centre Dental Associates do not find braces painful. There may be a little discomfort after the initial application and following some of your appointments. This aching or tenderness is temporary and can be eased with over-the-counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

See the below video about poking wires, a common occurrence with braces that may cause discomfort.

How Often Will I Have Appointments for My Braces?

The schedule for your appointments will be based on your individual needs. Our braces patients normally have appointments every four to six weeks.

Why Choose Dr. Elizabeth Haynes of University Centre Dental Associates?

Dr. Elizabeth Haynes is well known for her skill, experience, and caring. She is an accredited orthodontist with the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontics, the Maryland State Society of Orthodontics, and the District of Columbia Dental Society.

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How Do I Schedule a Consultation?

Please call 301-302-8395 today to schedule your free initial consultation!The general dental and orthodontic services we offer at University Centre Dental Associates have improved the lives of people from in and around Washington, DC, including residents in Greenbelt, MD, and Bowie, MD, as well as Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and Anne Arundel County. Whether you are an adult, a child, or a teenager, our knowledgeable staff is committed to helping you achieve the smile you deserve.

Written by University Centre Dental Associates March 19, 2014