Find an Affordable, Board Certified Orthodontist at Kool Smiles

You may have heard that orthodontists are expensive. While affording the cost of braces can be challenging for many American families, you can find an orthodontist at a Kool Smiles near you that works with your budget.

Kool Smiles provides low-cost braces and orthodontics to children across the country. Many locations have an on-site orthodontist, and if not, our office can help you find a local, board certified orthodontist for your family.

Read more about the process of finding and visiting an orthodontist, and then schedule a no-cost orthodontic consultation at your local Kool Smiles dental office by calling 254-781-0553.

Are Low-Cost Orthodontists Available Near Me?

Many families have a similar question. Is it possible to find cheap braces? Affordable braces and orthodontic treatment is possible in your area. We know that braces usually cost several thousand dollars, but Kool Smiles keeps teeth straightening affordable by offering lower prices than you will find at many dental clinics.

Braces and orthodontic treatment don’t have to be out of reach. Kool Smiles does not limit care to families with private insurance. We can help you find an affordable payment plan for your family’s dental care, with or without private insurance.

We offer orthodontics at more than 75 of our locations across several states, including:

  • Virginia
  • Texas
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • South Carolina
  • And more

Orthodontic Care: The Kool Smiles Experience

Why choose a Kool Smiles orthodontist? Because our dental providers meet the highest professional standards and work to give your child or teenager a comfortable, safe experience.

Don’t just go to any dentist to get braces or treatment for crooked teeth. Find an orthodontist with the right credentials and experience. A board certified orthodontist will have had six years of specialized residency education, and patients should only go to a certified orthodontist to be fitted with dental appliances.

Our orthodontists will answer your questions and inform you about the process every step of the way. We strive to make you and your child smile.

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General Dentists vs. Orthodontists

You may be wondering if your child can see a general dentist for braces or orthodontia. General dentistry and orthodontics are two very different fields of dentistry that require different training and education. While your general dentist can treat cavities, perform root canals and do deep cleanings, your orthodontist’s concern is abnormalities of the teeth and jaw.

If your child needs to see an orthodontist, it is still important that they continue to see their general dentist during and after treatment for their overall dental health.

When to See an Orthodontist

Generally, an orthodontist does not fit dental appliances until a teenager has all of their permanent teeth (around ages 10 to 13). However, an orthodontist visit can be crucial for younger patients (around age seven) in order to catch disorders that will worsen as their jaw grows.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), there are many reasons to visit an orthodontist, such as:

Reasons to visit an orthodontist

  • Wanting a straight, confidence-building smile
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Mouth breathing
  • Speech difficulty
  • Overcrowded or misplaced teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Bruxism or grinding of the teeth
  • An under- or overbite
  • Protruding teeth

An orthodontist can fix many of these problems with braces, retainers/aligners, mouthguards or headgear.

Call Kool Smiles at 254-781-0553 for a no-cost consultation to determine if your child needs to be treated by an orthodontist. We will find an orthodontist who can work with your schedule and budget.

Does My Kid Need to See a General Dentist Before Seeing an Orthodontist?

Yes. A general dentist or pediatric dentist will make sure that your child’s teeth are clean, healthy and ready for orthodontic treatment. If the patient needs any extractions or other general dentistry procedures, these can also be performed beforehand. You will also need a referral from a regular dentist to see the orthodontist. Your dentist can help you find the best orthodontist in your area.

Questions to Ask When You Find an Orthodontist

In order to have the best experience with your orthodontist, you should come with a list of important questions about your child’s dental care and how to care for any dental appliances that are needed.

Here are some questions you can ask, recommended by the American Board of Orthodontics:

  • From which accredited dental school and residency program did you graduate?
  • Do you perform only orthodontic procedures? (Orthodontists should not perform general dentistry or procedures outside of their specialty.)
  • What is the scope of this treatment?
  • What are the consequences of not getting treatment or putting off treatment until a later date?
  • What insurance plans do you accept? How is the cost determined?
  • What are your hours?
  • How can my child and I care for their braces/aligners/headgear?
  • What foods are safe to eat with braces/aligners/headgear?
  • How often are follow-up appointments for adjustments?

Your orthodontist is more than happy to answer all of your questions and stop any fears or concerns that you and your child or teenager may have throughout the process.

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Types and Cost of Braces

Finding cheap or affordable braces depends on the following factors:

  • Type of braces
  • Severity of the problem
  • Length of treatment
  • Age (adult braces can be more expensive and are most likely not covered by Medicaid)
  • Type of insurance

Wearing braces for a longer duration or being uninsured are obvious factors, but how do different types of braces compare in cost?

Traditional metal braces are the cheapest option of non-removable appliances, starting at $3,000. Lingual braces, or behind-the-teeth braces, are the most expensive. They can start at $8,000 and cost more than $10,000 without insurance, and their frequent maintenance is an additional drawback. For braces that are unnoticeable and more affordable, you should ask your orthodontist about ceramic braces. Ceramic braces are closer to the natural color of your teeth, so they are not easily seen, and generally cost between $4,000 and $8,000.

What Is the Cost of Invisalign?

Invisalign braces are usually a more affordable option than ceramic or lingual braces, closer to the cost of traditional metal braces. Invisalign is a series of removable, invisible aligners that are replaced with a new size every few weeks to adjust alignment. If your child has severe alignment issues, however, this may not be the best option.

Payment Options for Braces

To make your orthodontic care as affordable as possible, Kool Smiles locations take private insurance, as well as the following alternatives:

  • Medicaid
  • CHIP
  • TRICARE
  • Various state-specific insurance plans

You also have the option to pay with cash, debit cards, credit cards or CareCredit. CareCredit is a credit card for healthcare costs that are not covered by insurance. It includes flexible payment plans that let you pay your bill over the course of months.

If you are uninsured, your child or teenager can still receive treatment. The professional staff at Kool Smiles—your orthodontist finders—will refer you to an affordable orthodontist, whether on-site or in your area.

Does Medicaid Cover Braces?

Medicaid can cover a large portion of the cost of braces. While you probably won’t get free braces, your teen’s braces can be covered by Medicaid if they are medically necessary. This means that they are necessary to prevent disease, promote health and restore health and function to the mouth or jaw.

It’s important to remember that Medicaid coverage differs from state to state. You should check with your local Kool Smiles to see if orthodontic treatment is covered by Medicaid in your area.

Use Kool Smiles as Your Orthodontist Finder for Your Area

Let a Kool Smiles staff member help you find kid-friendly and budget-friendly dental care today. We are ready with experienced, compassionate dentists and orthodontists you can afford with our helpful payment options.

Finding inexpensive dental and orthodontic treatments is as easy as dialing our number: 254-781-0553. You’ll get an initial consultation with an orthodontist at no cost to you.

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Sources:

American Board of Orthodontics: https://www.americanboardortho.com/general-public/what-is-a-board-certified-orthodontist/

American Dental Association: ada.org/en/about-the-ada/dentists-doctors-of-oral-health

American Association of Orthodontists: aaoinfo.org/_/why-you-should-get-orthodontic-treatment/

American Board of Orthodontics: americanboardortho.com/general-public/how-to-choose-an-orthodontist/what-to-ask-before-you-choose/

CareCredit: carecredit.com/

Oral B: oralb.com/en-us/oral-health/life-stages/braces/how-much-do-braces-cost