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How Long Does Treatment Last?

Orthodontic treatment can vary between patients, however the average length of treatment is usually 18-24 months. At Mendlik Orthodontics we have options to speed up your treatment...ask us about our Accelerated Treatment option. Several factors can also affect the length of your treatment. Broken brackets and missed appointments often delay the completion of treatment.

How Much Does Treatment Cost?

Your smile is as unique as you are and no two treatment plans are the same. The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on your recommended treatment plan. Both our Fremont and Omaha orthodontic office offers interest-free monthly payment plans to make orthodontic treatment affordable and accessible to everyone.

How Often Will I Have Appointments? 

Once you have started treatment in your braces or Invisalign, clear aligners, you will be seen every 6-8 weeks, on average, for follow-up appointments. Patients in clear aligners even have the option of having virtual appointments in our office if they are compliant in their aligner wear. Virtual appointments can reduce the amount of time out of work or school.

Do I Still Need To Visit My Dentist During Treatment?

Yes! It is especially important to continue visiting your general dentist every six months while in orthodontic treatment for your routine cleaning and checkup.

Do I Have To Wear Retainers After Treatment?

YES! We cannot stress this enough, treatment does not end once the braces come off or you are completed with your final set of aligners. Every patient is provided a set of retainers after treatment at Mendlik Orthodontics and in order to keep your teeth straight they need to be worn ‘night time for lifetime”.

What Foods Do I Need To Avoid During Treatment?

Generally it is best to avoid hard, sticky or chewy foods while wearing braces. It’s also best to avoid sugary drinks as much as possible. If you’d like to straighten your smile without giving up your favorite snacks, our clear aligner or Invisalign treatment options are something to consider! Check out the lowdown of life with braces here: life with braces

Do You Accept My Insurance?

Our office accepts most major dental insurance plans, including but not limited to: Ameritas, Metlife, Delta Dental, Aetna and GEHA. Your insurance provider isn’t listed here? Don’t worry! Give our office a call and we can help determine if we accept your insurance.

Am I Able To Play Sports With Braces?

Yes! It is in your best interest to wear a special orthodontic mouthguard if you play a contact sport like football, wrestling or basketball. Give us a call or let us know at your next appointment if you need one and we will gladly provide one at no cost to you.

What Is The Difference Between An Orthodontist And A Dentist? 

Both dentists and orthodontists have completed dental school, the difference is that an orthodontist has continued in an orthodontic residency program for an additional two to three years of specialized training and education.

Do You Remove Wisdom Teeth?

No, we do not remove wisdom teeth in our office. If we determine before, during or after orthodontic treatment that you would benefit from having your wisdom teeth removed, we would be happy to recommend or refer you to an Oral Surgeon.

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(402) 334-2000
17775 Mason Street, Omaha, NE 68118

Fremont Office

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1830 N. Bell Street, Fremont, NE 68025

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3024 25th Street, Columbus, NE 68601

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