People get excited at the idea of creating a new smile with braces or clear aligners. Going to the orthodontist? Not so much.

The expectations of a long, painful, expensive process often have people balking at the idea of visiting an orthodontist. No one looks forward to going to an orthodontist. It’s not going to be fun…right?

Believe it or not, it CAN be fun!

At Freeman Orthodontics, we work hard to create the best smile for you, but we also do everything we can to make your visit comfortable and enjoyable. How are we going to perfect that smile if we don’t see it? 

We’re here to bust the myths surrounding orthodontists. Here are five myths people have that make them “hate” visiting the orthodontist and what you can expect when you come to Freeman Orthodontics.

“Braces will hurt!” 

Many patients fear wearing braces will hurt all the time. Parents remember how uncomfortable they were for them and assume nothing’s changed. 

The reality is technology has advanced braces since those days. Today’s braces are smaller but more effective than traditional braces. Our braces are designed to be less irritating and easier to clean than older braces. 

It is normal to feel discomfort after braces or clear aligners are installed and after adjustments. But our braces require fewer office visits, which means less tightening and less discomfort. 

“All I can get are metal braces, which are ugly.” 

These are not your parents’ braces! Our stainless steel braces use metal brackets that are smaller and less visible than older braces. You won’t have that mouthful-of-metal look like in the old days. 

There’s another bonus to today’s technology — you aren’t limited to metal braces. We also offer clear ceramic braces, which use brackets that blend in with the teeth much better. 

Not enough? No problem! We also offer Invisalign and Spark clear aligners

These clear acrylic aligners are nearly invisible but move the teeth much like braces. The best part is you can see your smile even during treatment!

“Braces and clear aligners cost too much.” 

Parents and adult patients worry that they can’t afford braces or clear aligners. Freeman Orthodontics has payment options that dispel this myth.

Money shouldn’t stand in the way of your oral health. That’s why we offer a flexible down payment, low payment plans, and extended financing, all with zero interest! 

We can start with your insurance. Coverage of orthodontic treatment varies from plan to plan, so we’ll check with your carrier to see what is covered. In most cases, your treatment is covered by your FSA account. 

From there, we’ll work with you to find an affordable down payment and a flexible payment plan that fits your budget. 

What if your clear aligners treatment only lasts a year or less? No worries! Our extended payment plan offers extra time to pay for your treatment with 0% financing!  

At Freeman Orthodontics, we firmly believe you have a right to the smile of your dreams, and we will work with you to make that smile affordable for you. We want to make sure that you enjoy your visit when you’re with us without having to worry about how to pay for it!

“Braces take forever to work.” 

You’ve probably heard this one from your parents, who give you nightmare scenarios of two to three years in braces or more. 

Once again, thank you, technology!

Today’s braces and clear aligners are more efficient than traditional braces, which means you spend less time in them. The average time for braces is 12-24 months. Clear aligners take even less time. They can take as little as six months, with the average time being 9-15 months. 

That means in less than two years, you could have the smile of your dreams! 

“Orthodontic offices are like doctor’s offices — too clinical.” 

Who likes cold and clinical offices? Not us! Our office in the heart of San Jose, CA, is designed to be open and spacious — and what a view!

Our treatment area isn’t boxed in like some orthodontist offices. It’s an open area with lots of space, so you never feel claustrophobic sitting in our examination chairs. Each chair sits in front of a floor-to-ceiling window that shows off the gorgeous Diablo Mountain Range east of our office!

It’s not just about the aesthetics; it’s also about the personalities within the office. You’ll find a friendly, energetic team ready to crack a joke or chat about your day. You’ll also find a doctor who loves talking about life — and especially sports — with you while encouraging you in your treatment. Don’t be surprised if he shows up in a sports jersey, and don’t be afraid to show up in yours! 

Myths Busted, Smiles Achieved

We’ve heard all the myths and ideas about what an orthodontist’s office is supposed to be. Now, we’d love for you to come in and see how great it CAN be. From the friendly staff to the state-of-the-art treatment options, we do all we can to ensure you get the best care and leave with a smile every time. 

Start your journey with us by beginning a virtual consult, then let us set up an in-person appointment. We’ll show you all the possibilities for treatment and give you a grand tour of our office. You’ll see we aren’t what you might expect from an orthodontist. For us, it’s all about making you smile! 

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