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Financial/Insurance

Financial

We strive to make orthodontic treatment affordable to all who seek our assistance.  The fees for treatment in our office are spread out over a predetermined time and are based on treatment complexity and an estimate of treatment duration.  

An estimate of these fees can often be given at your consultation appointment and actual fees and payment schedules are determined and communicated once a treatment plan has been decided upon with you.

In most situations an initial fee is set up which is then followed by monthly payments.  These payments are interest free as long as the account is kept up to date.  We are pleased to offer this financing to the vast majority of our patients.  A discount can be evaluated for those who wish to prepay the entire balance at the beginning of treatment.

 

Insurance

We are happy to accept insurance benefit assignments from most plans that include orthodontic coverage.  We will help you to confirm eligibility and benefits and will submit required paperwork with your assistance so that you may receive the maximum that you are due.  It is important to understand that financial arrangements are made between this office and our patients and not with the insurance company.  Insurance companies do not regulate our fees as we do not regulate their premiums.  The account holder is responsible for all amounts not paid by the insurance agency.

Most orthodontic insurance is contained in a supplemental policy attached to your dental insurance benefits.  It is generally present as a benefit to be paid as a percentage of the treatment fee up to a lifetime maximum.  You may have dental insurance benefits but may not have orthodontic coverage.

 

Testimonials

I can't say enough good things about Dr. Southworth and his entire staff! My two daughters needed a LOT of dental re-alignment, including headgear and recommendations for extractions and periodontal work. Dr. Southworth was one hundred percent up-front, realistic and supportive through all six years of work! He has such a caring approach with his patients, always putting them at ease with a genuine spirit, and patient, understandable explanations of all treatments and plans. I highly recommend Dr. Southworth and his caring staff for any orthodontic needs.

Karen O.

Search no further, you are fortunate to have found an orthodontist who will give it to you straight( pun intended).
Whatever your needs or goals for your child, Dr. Southworth can assist you in understanding all of your options- including the option to not get braces! He is not a salesperson but an extremely well educated and experienced Orthodontist who will offer you and your child a caring and well supported consultation. His inclusion of your child in this process is perfection.
If you do proceed with braces, a kind and supportive team will make the entire process a walk in the park. I had two children who had very different needs. Both had incredible outcomes.
In terms of value, his pricing cannot be beat. There is a well detailed, comprehensive arrangement laid out before services even begin- this means NO SURPRISES! Payment was easy with an extremely reasonable payment plan.
Having his office so convenient is vital for ongoing care and his team makes it incredibly easy to schedule, interface with your regular dentist, and manage all the intricacies of any insurance you may have. They are a pleasure to deal with and I can honestly say after dealing with them for many years, every interaction was a joy.
Choosing the right fit for your orthodontist is critical and we are so blessed to have Dr. Southworth in our area. Some of my friends were not as fortunate and in the end paid more in time, money and stress across the board.
If you are able to utilize his services, you will be more than pleased with both the process and the outcome!

Mary L., Sterling

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