2301 N. Hwy. 190, Suite 7, Covington, LA 70433
1935 Washington St., Franklinton, LA 70438

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. How long will I wear my braces?
A. Minor tooth movement can be as short as 3 to 6 months. Many patients finish in a year. Complicated cases such as impacted cuspids may require treatment for 2 years. Come in for a complimentary evalulation and get the information you need. 985-892-2081.
Q. How frequent are my appointments?
A. In the past, braces had to be tightened every month. That has all changed at Dr. Fricke's office! Appointments are scheduled according to your tooth movement. On average, appointments are every 8 weeks. At your appointment, your arch wire will be changed or adjusted. You may feel a little tightness that evening. Most patients say they have only mild discomfort that does not last long. Dr. Fricke uses high-tech arch wires that last up to 12 weeks. The arch wires are made out of a new alloy that is gentler than stainless steel. This means the wire does not hurt when it is placed and that it works for a long time. Appointments are not painful and you do not have to come in to the office as often.
Q. Do I need teeth removed?
A. The majority of Dr. Fricke's patients do not need teeth removed. In most cases, Dr. Fricke can straighten even very crowded teeth without referring you to the dentist for extractions. This is because she uses Damon braces. Damon braces gently make space so that most crowding can be corrected without extractions.
Q. Does it hurt?
A. It does NOT hurt to get your braces on. There are NO shots!

To put your braces on: 1. Your cheeks will be held to the side and your teeth will be dried. 2. Dr. Fricke will place the braces on your teeth. 3. An orthodontic assistant will shine a light to make the braces stick to your teeth. 4. A flexible wire will connect the braces to each other. 5. It’s that easy!
After you get your braces, you can go eat. Later that evening, your teeth will become sore as they begin to move. The soreness usually lasts 3 to 5 days. Advil, Motrin, or Ibuprofen is effective in relieving any discomfort. Soft food is recommended until the initial soreness goes away.
Q. What is the fee?
A. Your orthodontic fee will be based on the complexity of your case and the type of braces or clear aligners that you choose. At your first appointment for your complimentary evaluation, your orthodontic fee will be discussed. You can choose to pay over the months that you are in treatment. For example, if you need to wear braces for a year, you can pay the down payment and then spread the remaining amount over 12 months. There are several discounts: Discounts for multiple family members, Time of day, Payment in full.
Q. Do you have insurance?
A. Our office is committed to helping you maximize your insurance benefits. We will bill the insurance company directly. Since insurance plans change frequently, we encourage you to call our office so that we can give you current information.

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