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Kingas Orthodontics | FAQ in Ambridge

724-266-8811 (Ambridge)
724-776-5525 (Cranberry Township)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does the average treatment take?

A: Utilizing the newest technologies we now anticipate total treatment times to be less than two years from start to finish. Basic cases should finish sooner and complex cases may be slightly longer.

 

Q: How much does the average treatment cost?

A: Cost ranges due to complexity of treatment. The average cost of treatment ranges between $3700-$6000, but there is no charge for the initial exam so please come in for a personal evaluation.

 

Q: Is orthodontic treatment painful?

A: Orthodontics has come a long way and the new technology we use is much more comfortable than other options. Most of our patients tell us that their teeth are slightly sore for the first three days. Over-the-counter pain medication is all that may be needed. A warm salt-water rinse is also a good home remedy.

 

Q: How often will my appointments be?

A: We average 6-8 weeks between visits. In the beginning of treatment some patients need to be seen more frequently, others have 8- to 10-week intervals between appointments.

 

Q: What happens at a typical appointment?

A: Once a patient is seated the technician prepares him or her for the day’s procedures. The doctor completes the procedures and plans the next appointment. All questions are answered and comfort is checked prior to the patient leaving. Typical visits can last anywhere from 15-60 minutes depending upon the procedure.

 

Q: What happens if a patient is not ready for treatment?

A: All patients who are not ready for treatment are periodically scheduled for recalls to assess their status at later dates. It is our goal to avoid two-phase treatments whenever possible. We do not start any patient until it is the most opportune time for a treatment plan that is both efficient and economical.

 

Q: What happens when treatment is complete?

A: All of our patients enter a two-year retention program following completion of a comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Retainers are delivered at the end of treatment, final records are taken and reviewed, and periodic follow-up visits are scheduled to assure the beautiful results will last a lifetime.

 

Q: What happens if an appointment is missed or canceled?

A: One of the common causes for extended treatment times is missed appointments. We ask that our patients call us as soon as possible if a change in schedule arises so we can keep your treatment time on target. Please note that we do not make reminder calls for periodic treatment appointments.

 

Q: How do I get started?

A: Call us as soon as possible for a complimentary evaluation appointment. We will send you a health information packet for you to fill out and bring to your visit. When you come in you will be seated in a private room and examined by the doctor to determine the best course of treatment. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have at this time.

 

Q: What if I have a problem with my braces after hours?

A: If an orthodontic emergency arises (something broken, cutting or poking) call our office and leave a message with the details of your problem and the number where you can be reached. Someone will return your call as soon as possible. Obviously if you have been in an accident or have a life-threatening emergency please visit your nearest emergency room.

 

Q: Do you accept insurance or have payment plans available?

A: If you have insurance, we will assist you in filing insurance forms. We offer three payment options:

  • A discounted fee for payment in full at the start of a comprehensive orthodontic treatment. We accept cash, check, and most major credit cards.
  • Financing through outside sources with no down payment and low monthly payments (interest fees will apply).
  • An interest-free monthly payment plan through our office, with a 25% down payment, when using an automatic-debit or automatic-credit payment method.

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