Dr. Hinze Answers Five Common Questions About Braces

Dr. Hinze offers local orthodontic services, which saves time and travel expenses for his patients. For complex orthodontic cases, he refers patients to an out-of-town specialist.

  1. Why braces?

Straightening teeth is one reason patients require orthodontic work, or braces on their teeth. However, there are other reasons as well, including improving smiles.

“I think orthodontists and dentists today do a better job of fitting smiles to the face,” Hinze said about modern-day practices. “Teeth and smiles need to be in proportion to the rest of the face.”

  1. What age should kids get braces?

Dr. Hinze said patients will get braces at a variety of ages, depending on their unique situation. If a habit, such as a cross bite, is noticed, it should be treated right away. If head gear is needed to bring the upper jaw into alignment, that work is best done during a growth spurt. For girls, that usually happens between ages 11-13. For boys, it’s about a year and a half later. Some patients require braces as early as age 8, and others wait until they are 18.

  1. How much will braces cost?

The price will vary based on the difficulty of the case and the estimated amount of time it will take. If it is determined that braces are needed, Dr. Hinze will take into account the complexity of the case and the estimated time of treatment when determining a final price.

Many dental plans help cover the cost of braces, however Dr. Hinze said patients need to be aware of any insurance waiting periods.

  1. How long will braces need to be worn?

Dr. Hinze said most of his orthodontic patients wear their braces between a year and 18 months. If braces are needed longer than that, he often refers patients to specialists.

  1. What kind of Halloween candy can kids with braces eat?

“None,” Dr. Hinze said. “Just throw it away.”


If you have further questions about braces, please call our office at (308) 995-5331v