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Interest Free Orthodontic Financing

Posted on: March 5th, 2013 by jhilty

Can I Get an Interest Free Loan for my Child’s Braces?

Getting an interest free loan when buying a car or home is hard to imagine.  An interest free loan over the length of treatment is a reality in many orthodontic offices today.

Orthodontic treatment is really a bargin compared to other medical procedures like emergency room care or Lasik. A single 30 minute Lasik procedure costs the same amount as 20 to 30 months of orthodontic visits. Offerring the high value of orthodontic treatment with an interest free loan makes the benefits of orthodontic treatment more attainable for many prospective patients.

Most offices require a significant down payment to get treatment started.  This initial payment is designed to cover the the amount of time and materials that occur prior to moving the first tooth.  Models, pictures, x-rays, the diagnosis and treatment plan, and the cost of braces or Invisaligners are about 25 to 33 % of the cost to an orthodontic practice.  In many cases the orthodontist will offer a down payment less than this percentage as a form of financial aid to help families to start treatment.

Hilty Orthodontics wants to offer families the best payment arrangements available at any office. Patients are able to choose their own financial arrangements from a few attractive  options.  Families may choose to pay their entire fee up front in exchange for a discount or make no down payment at all.  Most families choose an option somewhere in between with a reasonable down payment combined with regular monthly payments.

It will be necessary to involve a third party financing company to use the interest free loan over the anticpated length of orthodontic treatment.  We work closely with Springstone and will be happy to help you get approved.  By allowing the financing company to use their level of expertise we are allowed to do what we do best which is to provide you with the smile of your dreams.  The interest associated with providing families the money used for orthodontic treatment will actually be paid by Dr Hilty.  What a great deal!

Orthodontic treament will allow you to receive an attactive and healthy smile for the rest of your life.  Tremendous value is present with orthodontic treatment considering the office time spent over many months. To receive this care with an interest free loan is truly amazing.

Orthodontic Retention

Posted on: November 26th, 2012 by jhilty

How Long After My Braces Come Off Should I Wear My Retainer?

Braces are an investment in your smile.  When your teeth reach a desired straightness, you’ll have a beautiful smile but it is important to keep it that way.  You can accomplish this with a retainer.

A retainer is a small, custom-fit device that reinforces the new position of your teeth after your braces are removed. But for many patients, especially the young ones, wearing a retainer may seem like an annoyance.  So exactly how long after your braces are removed should you wear a retainer?

Graduation of Wear Time

When we remove your braces, we will evaluate the condition of the bone structure surrounding your teeth and determine how well it is adjusting to the new position of your teeth .  For the first few months, we may require you to wear your retainer both day and night, except during meal times and for brushing and flossing.

As the bone and gum tissues adjust to your new smile, we will determine when the proper time to switch to nighttime wear of your retainers is appropriate.  After about one year of wearing the retainer every night, you may be able to  take a few nights off each week.

However we do not recommend ever permanently stopping.  To best secure the positions of the teeth, especially through future extractions and oral health changes, wearing your retainer a few nights a week will be necessary for many years.


If you are concerned about your appearance when you wear a retainer, there are many that can be worn discreetly.  Dr Hilty likes to use a clear retainer that is conctructed very tightly to your teeth and is nearly invisable.

Another option is lingual reatiner.  It is bonded on the back sides of your teeth so no one will ever know it is there!  Lingual retainers are also permanent, so there’s no risk of losing them.

Remember, wearing your retainer is an investment in your smile.  If you fail to wear it consistently, the tissues that support your teeth will be unsupported, and you may begin to experience noticable shifting.  You’ve worked hard to get that beautiful smile – your retainer will let you keep it.

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