Frequently Asked Questions
HOW MUCH DO BRACES COST?
The fees associated with orthodontic treatment are influenced by several factors, including the complexity of the case, projected treatment duration, and the specific appliances required. During your initial appointment, you will receive detailed information regarding the necessary treatment, its anticipated duration, and a comprehensive cost breakdown.
DO YOU CHARGE FOR AN INITIAL VISIT?
The examination conducted by Dr. Newhart incurs no charge. Dr. Newhart will thoroughly assess your situation during this evaluation and determine whether orthodontic treatment is necessary. Following the examination, Dr. Newhart and a treatment coordinator will engage in a discussion regarding your personalized treatment plan and present various financial options for consideration.
DO YOU HAVE SATURDAY OR EVENING HOURS?
To cater to our patients’ hectic schedules, we provide a diverse range of flexible appointment options. Our practice offers convenient early morning and early evening slots throughout the year, ensuring that you can easily find a time that suits your availability.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WEAR BRACES?
The duration of treatment varies for each case, and during your initial examination, you will receive an estimated timeline for your specific treatment. It is worth noting that the length of treatment is often shorter than anticipated, pleasantly surprising our patients.
I HAVE DENTAL INSURANCE. IS YOUR OFFICE A PROVIDER FOR MY PLAN?
At Newhart Orthodontics, we proudly participate in all insurance plans as a provider. Our commitment to handling the insurance process on your behalf sets us apart, alleviating any concerns or hassles. We accept payments directly from insurance companies, taking care of your billing process. This streamlined approach eliminates the stress of dealing with insurance companies and helps minimize out-of-pocket costs.
DO I HAVE TO MAKE A LARGE DOWN PAYMENT?
No! We understand the importance of financial flexibility for our patients. That’s why we provide a range of payment plans tailored to your needs. One of our options involves no down payment and affordable monthly installments, all without any additional interest charges.
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
We accept cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover cards. Additionally, we offer automatic bank draft or credit card deductions for your convenience. We are also willing to work with your credit union, explore home equity loan options, or utilize tax-free spending plans to assist you in obtaining funds for your treatment.
DO YOU OFFER EXTENDED PAYMENT PLANS?
We offer the flexibility to extend your payment plan for up to 5-7 years, resulting in low monthly payments that fit within your budget.
AT WHAT AGE SHOULD MY CHILD BE EXAMINED?
Dr. Newhart advises that it is beneficial for children to undergo an orthodontic screening by age 3. To closely monitor the changes resulting from growth, your child will have regular appointments with Dr. Newhart every 6 months. This preventive approach aims to facilitate more comfortable, shorter, and more effective treatment for your child. It is important to note that this service is provided at no cost to you.
HOW OFTEN WILL I HAVE TO COME TO THE OFFICE?
Typically, our active orthodontic patients have appointments scheduled every twelve weeks. Dr. Newhart’s innovative utilization of “Time-Release Archwires” brings several advantages, including enhanced comfort during treatment, shorter overall treatment times, and fewer office visits. This means less interruption to your school or work schedule. Additionally, this approach enables many of our patients to receive treatment even if they reside outside of California or even outside of the country.
SHOULD I CONTINUE TO SEE MY FAMILY DENTIST WHILE IN BRACES?
Absolutely! Maintaining regular dental check-ups is crucial for preventing and detecting dental decay and monitoring the overall health of the supporting structures. Prioritizing these routine visits is important to ensure optimal dental health and catch any potential issues early on.
HOW ARE INSTRUMENTS STERILIZED?
At our office, we adhere to the utmost standards of sterilization and asepsis. We take every precaution to ensure the safety of both our patients and staff during every procedure we perform. Rest assured, your well-being is our top priority.
CAN I CHANGE LOCATIONS AFTER I BEGIN TREATMENT?
Absolutely! Our five office locations are strategically positioned to accommodate the requests and convenience of our patients. We understand that circumstances may change, such as job transitions or school changes for children. Rest assured, we always have a location conveniently situated near you. Moreover, our advanced networked computer and telephone system ensures your personal file is accessible across all locations. This means Dr. Newhart has 24/7 access to every patient’s file, guaranteeing seamless continuity of care regardless of the office you visit.