Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some general answers to some frequently asked questions about orthodontic treatment. For more specific answers, please search our site or check out:

What is Orthodontics?
Most people know orthodontics as the specialized field of dentistry that focuses on straightening teeth. However, it involves much more. Orthodontics also focuses on correcting facial and jaw irregularities, the improvement of chewing and breathing functions, as well as the support of proper tooth and jaw growth for children. We must state that it is extremely important to see an orthodontic specialist for your treatment and not a general practitioner. Our orthodontists have 3 years of specialized training learning the biomechanical techniques used to moved teeth after graduating from dental school.

How much does orthodontic treatment cost?

Our fees at Manhattan Bridge Orthodontics are based upon many factors including severity, estimated duration of treatment, treatment goals, types of appliances used, and whether a patient needs extractions or not. Although we are unable to give fee estimates without a consultation, we can tell you that our fees are highly competitive within the current New York City marketplace for orthodontia and we offer the best overall experience and value.

If you have dental insurance, we can help verify your orthodontic coverage and subtract that from your treatment fee.

When compared to other personal expenditures such as a gym membership and regular visits to the beauty salon or spa, orthodontic treatment is considerably affordable – especially when you take into account the many interest-free payment plans that we offer.

What are my payment options?
We offer discounts for payments in full and interest-free annual, quarterly, or monthly payment options. The following payment methods are accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, Cash, Personal Checks, automatic payments from your credit card, debit card, checking, or savings account.

Can I use my FSA (Flexible Spending Account) or HSA (Health Savings Account) for Invisalign or braces for me or my child?
Yes.

Why should I have my teeth straightened?
Crooked teeth retains plaque, leads to bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease. A bad bite can cause improper chewing and digestion, recession and tooth loss. Having straight teeth is healthier. Our patients who have completed orthodontic treatment report smiling more, show improved head posture and increased self confidence.

Do braces hurt?
Not so much. There may be times where you feel sensitivity or soreness on your teeth, but most times you will not experience any discomfort at all. Also, there are no needles used during orthodontic procedures.

How do braces straighten teeth (How does it work)?
Braces are placed on your teeth and an archwire, attached to each brace by a ligature tie, is used to gently guide your teeth into their proper positions.

Why should I choose an orthodontic specialist as opposed to my general dentist?
An orthodontic specialist has three additional years of specialized training beyond dental school. Orthodontists are experts at moving teeth, helping jaws develop properly, and ensuring that your teeth remain in their new positions.  Your teeth and face will be permanently changed by orthodontic treatment – therefore, it is very important that treatment be performed by a specialist.

Can I get a dental cleaning while I am in braces?
Yes. You should keep your regular dental check-ups and scheduled cleanings with your general dentist while you are in braces. Your dentist has special instruments that can clean around the braces and along your gum lines.

Will wearing Invisalign trays affect my speech?
Similar to other orthodontic treatments, Invisalign trays may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as your tongue gets used to having the Invisalign trays in your mouth, any lisp should soon disappear.

Will having treatment significantly affect my lifestyle?
Aside from having to spend a bit more time cleaning your teeth and slight changes to your diet, you will notice that not much has changed. Like with all things new, there may be a slight adjustment period during the beginning. But soon, you’ll realize that you can still eat most of your favorite foods, play musical instruments, and participate in sports.

Am I too old for braces?
No. You are never too old to have great looking teeth.  Whether you are a candidate for orthodontic treatment has little to do with your age.

I am interested in getting treatment, how do I get started?
Its real easy. Call (212) 274-0477 or click here to schedule your consultation at Manhattan Bridge Orthodontics. We will answer all your questions, go over all your treatment, and discuss payment options during your visit.