I have a cousin who's visiting from another country. According to her dentist the braces had to be removed & a retainer should be fitted but she doesn't have any insurance. Can it be done here in California. Any suggestions please?

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 20 - January - 2012, at 02:01 AM

  • Your cousin will have to pay for getting braces removed if she doesn’t get it done from her own orthodontist. Cost of braces removal is covered in dental braces only but if the procedure is done by some other orthodontist, then he will charge for braces removal.  Retainers are given to prevent relapse of braces treatment and cost of retainers is usually additional. Retainers are of 2 types: Removable retainers and fixed retainers. Fixed retainers are given at back of teeth and are not visible. Her orthodontist can tell her that which retainer would be better for her and for how long she has to wear the retainers.  Your cousin should collect her all documentation before moving to a new orthodontist. She can visit a dental school or can look for free dental clinics around to get braces removed and get retainers at low cost.  For more info on changing orthodontist during braces treatment, refer to…..   http://www.identalhub.com/dental-changing-orthodontist-during-braces-treatment-564.aspx

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