Rita Taliwal, DMD, MS
Orthodontist located in New York, NY
Having straight teeth and a beautiful smile can significantly improve a person's self-confidence and self-esteem, not to mention their oral health. At Metro Orthodontics in Midtown Manhattan, NY, Dr. Rita Taliwal helps patients understand the ins and outs of orthodontic care during individualized orthodontic consultations.
Orthodontic Consultation Q & A
What happens during an orthodontic consultation?
Orthodontic consultations include evaluations of the patient's specific needs as well as their own personal treatment goals to determine the most appropriate course of treatment. During the consultation appointment, patients will learn about the different types of orthodontic treatment options available to them, including the “pros and cons” of each approach, so they can make an informed and confident decision about their care. They'll also learn what to expect throughout every phase of treatment. Today, patients have more options than ever before when it comes to having straighter, healthier, more beautiful smiles, and the consultation appointment provides the ideal opportunity to learn about these options and to ask questions and discuss any concerns about the treatment process.
What kinds of braces are available?
The most widely recognized and most commonly used type of braces are the traditional metal braces that use metal bands, brackets and wires to move teeth into proper alignment. Other options include Damon braces that use special brackets and memory wires, lingual braces that attach to the back surfaces of teeth so they're virtually invisible, clear braces and ceramic braces that blend with the tooth color so they're far more discrete than metal braces, and the popular Invisalign® orthodontic system that uses clear removable trays or aligners.
How long will I have to wear braces?
The length of treatment will depend on the patient's specific needs and treatment objectives, as well as their oral health and development, the type of braces they have, and other factors. Duration of treatment can be discussed during the consultation appointment to avoid surprises.
Does insurance pay for braces?
Some dental insurance plans pay for most or all of orthodontic care while others offer little or no coverage. Our office staff is skilled at helping patients understand their coverage benefits and find financing options that can make the cost of care much more budget-friendly.
Am I too old for braces?
Orthodontic treatment can be provided for just about any adult regardless of age as long as their teeth, their tooth roots, and the surrounding supportive tissues and bones are in good health.
Our office accepts all PPO insurance plans. Orthodontic insurance is typically a lifetime benefit that can only be applied once and does not renew annually like your dental insurance does. We are happy to check your benefits for you in advance of any treatment provided and will file all claims on your behalf. We also accept Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts as forms of payment towards your orthodontic treatment plan. If you have any questions in regards to insurance, please give us a call. We are happy to assist you!
Words from our patients
"I cannot recommend Dr. Taliwal more enthusiastically! She is an extremely talented orthodontist and I am so pleased with her work."
"I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Taliwal. She is so knowledgable and thoughtful and make me feel comfortable right from the start."
"Dr. Taliwal is a by far one of the best health care professionals I have ever interacted with."