We want to make starting orthodontic treatment as easy as possible for you, so we’ve outlined some important information for you below! If you have any questions, please call our office at 505-564-9000.
At your first visit to our office, you will receive a free consultation. At this consultation you will receive and exam and recommended treatment plan from Dr. Herman. Our treatment coordinator will also review your contract, insurance and financial arrangement. We know your time is valuable, that’s why we offer patients the option to get braces put on the same day as their initial consultation! This is a unique service and something we are proud to offer to our patients.
How much are braces?
We have an affordable start fee to begin orthodontic treatment. Our start fee is basically a down payment for the start of your treatment. The fee varies month to month, but it is well under $200.00 for the past two years. Give our office a call to know this month’s start fee.
At Dr. Herman’s office we set all of our patients up on a monthly payment plan of $189.00 a month or less depending on insurance coverage and any financial arrangements. Once we determine how many months you will be in treatment we will get you started on one of our contracted fees and on our monthly payment program…. One call will answer all of your finance questions!
We make payment easy by offering these payment options:
You can also come into the office Mon-Fri between 9am – 6pm
Patient Appreciation Program
Get one month payment off of your account when you refer a friend, family member, coworker etc… If someone you refer to our office has braces placed and gives us your name you get a free month on your account! There are no limits on how many people you can refer! Call for details
We accept all insurances and are happy to bill your plan for their portion! We will call your insurance carrier to verify that they will cover a portion of your orthodontic plan. Most insurance will cover a portion they call this the lifetime coverage and this can range anywhere from $1000 to $3000 depending on your specific plan. Once we verify the amount insurance is estimated to cover, we will deduct it from the total amount of your treatment contract. Insurances will pay differently–some pay monthly some pay quarterly. Once a payment has been received from your insurance carrier, we will lower your monthly payments from $189.00 to $163.00.
Medicaid requires a slightly different process. We must take x-rays and photos to send a pre-authorization to Medicaid. Medicaid is based off of a points system, once the Medicaid office receives the information they will decide if a patient qualifies for treatment based on a point system. A patient with 31 points or more is eligible for Medicaid coverage. Unfortunately, this process takes 8-10 weeks from the time we send the information out to the time we receive a response. We always call and mail our patients a letter with the results. If the patient is approved, the next step is to have the braces placed. If a patient is denied Medicaid coverage, Dr. Herman will provide a consultation and our treatment coordinator will provide you with estimated treatment fees and self-payment plans.
Arizona AHCCCS is accepted in our office for children under 18 for exams and cleanings only, Unfortunately, AHCCS does not provide coverage for orthodontic treatment.
I love my wide beautiful smile from Dr. Herman!