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May 2019

Payment Plans & Financing

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Orthodontist and Braces in Orange County’s primary mission is to deliver the best and most comprehensive orthodontic care available today. We are also dedicated to making top-quality care as cost-effective as possible which is why we take pride in offering some of the Nation’s most commonly used and popular  financing companies while being able to give you some piece of mind.

Ortho and Braces in OC OfficeAt the Orthodontic Center of Orange County we offer the following payment options to assist you with your investment:

  • Payments are accepted by cash, check, money order, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
  • A third-party financing option through CareCredit or SpringStone which is based on approved credit and requires no down payments or annual fees. Flexible options are available to meet your needs such as shorter payment periods.
  • Bad Credit or No Credit at all? Contact our office to find out more about other Easy & Flexible financing options!

Lending Club and Care Credit are some of the world’s largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors. We’re transforming the banking system to make credit more affordable and investing more rewarding. We operate at a lower cost than traditional bank lending programs and pass the savings on to borrowers in the form of lower rates and to investors in the form of solid returns.

The Orthodontic Center of Orange County is happy to provide these options to allow you to make convenient, affordable payments and begin your treatment immediately.

If you have more questions about our financing options or payment plans, please don’t hesitate to contact us and an Orthodontic Specialist will be able to assist you with any of your questions or concerns you may have.

If you are interested in setting up a complimentary consultation to come in and explore which one of our Orthodontic treatments will be right for you please start by clicking here to fill out these forms prior to your appointment. If there are any specific questions or concerns that you may have prior to your consultation appointment, please feel free to give us a call at (949) 379-1516 or by filling out a form submission.

What to do During an Orthodontic Emergency

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Loose or Broken Brackets, Bands or Wires?
If any part of your braces become loose or break, call our office immediately to find out if you can wait until your next scheduled appointment for the repair or what you should be doing to prevent any pain or discomfort in the mean time. If the band or bracket is still attached to the wire, leave it just as is; DO NOT try to pull it off or attach any elastic to it as it can cause severe damage. If there is any irritation or pain from the wire, it is recommended that you use orthodontic wax to cover the area that is irritating your mouth or move it back into place with a q-tip. It is never recommended to use your hands or fingers when handling a situation like this. If the bracket completely falls off, please bring it to your next scheduled appointment for your Orthodontist.

Tooth Pain or Signs of Ulcers
To diminish the pain, over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Tylenol or Advil will usually work just fine. Rinsing your mouth with salt water daily can help provide relief for mouth ulcers that may have occurred from brackets rubbing on your cheeks or tongue. It is recommended you retrieve an 8 ounce glass of warm water mixed with just one teaspoon of salt. Topical numbing solutions such as Ora-base or Aspercreme are also helpful to ease ulcer pain for a more temporary solution.

Call your Orthodontist as Soon as Possible 
While Orthodontic emergencies are rare, they do occur and it is crucial that you are prepared for such a situation if it were to ever arise. If you are in pain or are having any discomfort due to a loose or broken wire/bracket please call our office as soon as possible. In situations similar to this, sometimes X-rays will need to be taken as it is often necessary to determine the extent of the injury or incident and to determine whether or not the orthodontic appliances have been damaged.

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Behind Lingual Braces

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What are Lingual Braces? While this technique has been around since the 1980’s, quite a few of dentist have yet to offer the technique due to the complex and special training that is required to apply and adhere the braces to the teeth.

Treatment for Lingual braces can be significantly longer than normal treatment for normal metal braces due to the teeth move more gradually and slower than normal braces. Lingual braces consist of small brackets glued to the backs of patient’s teeth on the side near the tongue. Wire and elastics will be used in the same manner as traditional orthodontics and braces, only hidden from view. Lingual braces offer a great cosmetic alternative for individuals who would like straighter teeth, without the actual braces showing. Depending on the severity of a patients case, it can take anywhere from 18-36+ months to complete treatment. Lingual braces take about 6 weeks to produce from the time of impressions to make the custom brackets. Because of the specific and special requirements of lingual braces, the cost of treatment tends to be higher than traditional metal braces.

Ultimately the specific type/brand of lingual braces depends on your Orthodontist’s recommendation and a patient’s discretion. Good oral hygiene is essential to ensure that gingivitis or tooth decay do not creep in as well. Be sure you are brushing and flossing your teeth at least a minimum of 2 times a day, as well as using a soft-round bristled toothbrush or an interproximal brush to remove excess food that left over or stuck between your teeth. It’s also recommended to get a waterpick (or any other similar type of oral irrigation device).

Lingual braces can be more difficult to get used to than traditional braces due to the metal brackets constantly being pressed up against your tongue. This can leave your tongue raw and irritated, and it is recommended to use Orthodontic wax to try to illuminate some of this pain and discomfort. If you have an excess over/under bite, unfortunately Lingual braces will most likely not be an option due to them not having the sufficient amount of tooth to adhere to when gluing the brackets onto the backs of a patients teeth.

While Orthodontist and Braces in Orange County does not offer Lingual braces at this time we would love to hear your experiences with Lingual braces. We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have regarding any other Orthodontic services that we offer at any of our locations. Please call (714) 862-2059 or submit a request though our website.