Starting Orthodontic Treatment

What to Expect

At Astoria Family Orthodontics in Queens, NY, we want to make sure you have everything you need to get started.

Free Initial Exam

Your beautiful smile begins with a no-cost initial examination to evaluate whether or not there is a need for orthodontic therapy. Before you arrive, you can save time by printing and filling out our New Patient Packet. Make sure you bring them to your appointment. Here are a few questions you might want to ask when meeting with your doctor:

  • What exactly needs to be done to straighten my teeth and/or correct my bite?
  • What are my options and what are the consequences of delaying treatment?
  • How long will the entire process take?
  • How much will this treatment cost, and what are the follow-up costs after treatment?
  • Do you provide references from past or current patients?

Diagnostics and Consultation

If corrective treatment is necessary, the next step is a consultation appointment, where we will administer a complete clinical examination, create digital models of your teeth, take photographs of your face and teeth, and take all necessary x-rays. There is no fee for this appointment (unless the records leave our office). Our orthodontists will then discuss your orthodontic diagnosis and describe your treatment options, which may include visual models and treatment simulation software. We will also outline an initial treatment plan, including an estimate of the fees, anticipated length of treatment, and payment options. Any questions you may have can best be answered in detail at this time.

Appointments

At the start of your treatment, a longer appointment will be scheduled to allow for more time and attention to put on your braces, or measure and scan for a clear aligner product. The appointments that follow will be approximately 4-8 weeks apart. Being that these appointments are critical to your treatment, missing them will prolong your treatment. We understand that circumstances happen and if you cannot keep your appointment time, please call our office. This will enable us to reschedule the correct amount of time needed to continue smooth uninterrupted treatment in as few visits as possible and to remain on schedule.

Post Treatment

After active corrective treatment has been completed, you will receive retainers which are necessary to maintain your results. You will also be kept on periodic examination. This usually continues for one year, depending upon your original problem. This is done to continually monitor the stability of the results achieved, and to maintain these results in the best possible manner.

Dental Insurances Accepted & Payment Plans

We understand that orthodontic treatment is a sizable investment. Your fee is determined by the time needed and the complexity involved with treating your particular problem. We will provide you exceptional treatment that fits your budget. We offer multiple payment options to make treatment easy and affordable.

  • Financial payment plans throughout treatment
  • Third party financing from Care Credit, Citi Health Card and Chase Health Advance
  • Automatic credit card or debit card payments

Payments

  • Cash, Check, or Moneyorder
  • Debit Card
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • American Express
  • citi health card
  • discover
  • carecredit
  • chase health advance

Insurances Accepted

We will accept any insurance coverage you have toward fulfilling your financial obligation. Of course we will prepare all necessary paperwork for you. We will do everything we can to help you obtain maximum benefits. Below is a list of the some of the insurances we accept.

Accepted Insurances

Insurances Accepted

1199 NATIONAL BENEFIT 21st CENTURY HEALTH
32 BUILDING SERVICES AETNA AH & L
ALLIED WELFARE FUND AMERICAN CONSULTING AMERICAN MED. & LIFE
AMERIPLAN AMERITAS BANKERS AVESIS
BENEFIT CONCEPTS BLUE CHOICE HMO BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD
BPA & TWA CARE MANAGEMENT CAREINGTON INTERNATIONAL
CIGNA CIGNA-DELTA AIR LINES COMBINED INS. CO.
CONNECTION DENTAL CONTINENTAL DENTAL CORPORATE HEALTH
CORR. OFFIC. BEN. ASSOC. CSEA DC 37
DDP*DELTA DDS, INC DDS/LOCAL 295
DELTA DENTAL DENTAL BEN. PROV. DENTAL DIRECTORY
DENTAL HEALTH ALL DENTAL SELECT DENTAL VALUE NETWORK
DENT-ALL DENTSCO, INC. DOCTORS COUNCIL WELF.
ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY/LOCAL 3 ERISA DESIGNED SYSTEMS FARMINGDALE FED.
FIDELITY HEALTHWAYS FIRST ALLMERICA FIRST FORTIS
FIRST HEALTH FITZHARRIS & COMPANY GALLAGHER
GHI GOV. EMP. HOSP. ASS. GREAT WEST LIFE ASS.
GUARDIAN-DENTALGUARD HEALTHPLEX HEALTHSOURCE
HUMAN DEVEL. ASSOC. INNER CITY HEALTH INTEGRATED DENTAL
J.J. NEWMAN & CO. JARDINE JC PENNY PLAN PLUS
JOHN HANCOCK LOCAL 1109 LOCAL 1180 CWA WELF.
LOCAL 1205 LOCAL 137/SHEET METAL LOCAL 144
LOCAL 174 LOCAL 197 LOCAL 202
LOCAL 210 LOCAL 246 LOCAL 300
LOCAL 342 LOCAL 365 LOCAL 371
LOCAL 377 WELF. FUND LOCAL 4-69 LOCAL 531
LOCAL 550 - BAKERY LOCAL 804 LOCAL 807 - SIDS
LOCAL 808 LOCAL 813 LOCAL 858
LOCAL 891 LOCAL 8A-28A LOCAL 918
LOCAL 94 LOCAL 945 LOCAL 966
LOCAL ONE MALONEY ASSOC. MANAGED HEALTHCARE
MANAGEMENT BENEFITS MAXON MET LIFE
METRODENT MUTUAL OF OMAHA NETWORK PROVIDER
NEW ENGLAND NEW ENGLAND MUTUAL NEW YORK LIFE
NHCD - UNICARE NORTHEAST DENTAL NY DIST COUNCIL CARP
NY POWER AUTHORITY NYS COURT OFF. ASSOC OXFORD
PAVERS & ROAD BUILDERS PBA PDCP
PHOENIX HOME LIFE PHS HEALTHCARE PLAN PLUS
POMCO PROTECTIVE DENTAL PRUDENTIAL
PSC CUNY QUALIDENT RANDMARK
ROYAL INSURANCE SANUS SERG. BENEV. ASSOC.
SHOPMEN WELF FUND SIDS SIGNATURE DENTAL
TPA TRI-DENT NETWORK UFT
UHP UNICARE LIFE & HEALTH UNION LABOR LIFE INS.
UNITED CONCORDIA UNITED DENTAL PLAN UNITED DENTAL SYSTEM
UNITED FURN. WORKERS UNITED PROB. OFF. UNITY
US HEALTHCARE DENTAL VISTA PLAN ADMIN.

Resources and Common Questions about Treatment

If you have never had braces, you may be wondering... What's it like to wear braces?

Wearing Braces

Check out our labeled diagram if you have wondered about how braces work.

Braces Diagram

There are certain foods that are difficult to eat with braces or may harm your braces.

foods to avoid

If your teeth or gums are tender, this article will help explain why and what to do about it.

Tender Teeth