You're not an account number, you're a beautiful smile.

Elizabeth M. McCartney, D.D.S., M.S.

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Read some of our commonly asked questions

How much do braces cost?

There is no one set price for braces for everyone. If there was, the orthodontists could advertise their prices. Cost is determined by the length of the treatment and how many different appliances are needed. Therefore, your price may be different from the daughter or son of your friend or neighbor.  

We accept most insurances, and we are in-network with many insurance companies such as DenteMax, Cigna, Guardian, Delta Dental, HealthSCOPE, and Medical Mutual. When you stay in-network, the insurance coverage is usually greater. Also, please remember the insurance company does a background check (personal and professional) before letting an orthodontist join.

What insurances do you accept?

Do you file the insurance?

Yes. We file the insurance for you. It can be used to pay ½ of the down payment and ½ of the monthly payments, therefore lowering your out-of-pocket expense.  

We offer an in house payment plan that requires a small down payment and monthly payments (usually 24 months). There are no interest or finance charges. If you have insurance, the insurance company usually pays ½ of the down payment and ½ of the monthly payments, making your out-of-pocket expenses even less.  

Do you offer a payment plan?

No. The finance company charges you interest. They may charge you 14.9% APR (or higher). Doing the math, this could potentially add at least $1700 to the cost of your braces. We do not charge interest on our in house payment plans, saving you on interest.

 

If another orthodontic practice makes you sign a loan at your first visit from a finance company, please take into consideration that the interest is most likely not included in that price, so what may seem to be a more economical choice may cost you more in the long run.

 

We do not pressure you into signing any contracts during your first visit.

Will you send me to a finance company for a loan?

Most appointments are very short (10-15 minutes) and are every 5-8 weeks. These can often be scheduled after school, based on first come, first serve. We are also open on many holidays that children have off from school (Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, etc.).

When are the appointments?

The doctor personally performs all services. That means she performs the new patient exam and consultation. She puts the braces on, makes all of the adjustments, and takes them off when the treatment is complete. She works on one patient at a time, and doesn’t believe in an assembly line practice, where you are an account number shuffled in and out of the office. We believe that each patient deserves personal, professional service.

Who works on the patients?

Call the office. I only have one office, so you do not need to drive to a different location to find me. If I am not at work, the answering machine has a message with my personal phone number on it.  

How are emergencies handled?

Probably not. Early treatment (prior to all adult teeth erupting) is not always beneficial or necessary for all children. Please be wary of orthodontic or dental practices that rush you into starting early treatment during your first visit.

Does wearing headgear or having early treatment prevent braces?

No. Go to the office that you are most comfortable with. Braces can take 2 years, and retainers are checked for an additional 2 years, making treatment a long term commitment. We just do orthodontics at this office. Dr. McCartney is a specialist in orthodontics and graduated from a 3-year residency program to become a specialist in orthodontics after attending dental school for 4 years. Please follow your insurance guidelines, because coverage is better if you stay in-network.

Do I have to have a referral from my dentist?