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When considering whether or not you or your child is ready for orthodontics, you may have some questions. Please see below for some of the most commonly asked questions as well as some links in regards to our products, software, and the American Association of Orthodontists.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us. We are more than happy to help!


  • How long will the treatment take?

    Treatment times vary case-by-case but the average time is 2 years. Actual treatment times vary by the patient’s growth rate and the complexity of the correction. Treatment time is dependent on a number of factors that include patient compliance, the extent and direction of the patient’s continued growth rate.

  • Do you offer payment plans?

    At Central Park West Orthodontics we offer convenient payment options to make orthodontic treatment affordable. In order to begin treatment, a standard deposit fee is required at the first appointment followed by monthly payments which can range on average from $200-$350. Our in office payment plan has no finance charge to you. We will provide you with a payment plan as part of the initial consultation process, having discussed the options with you and trying to accommodate your requests.

  • Do braces hurt?

    In general, braces do not hurt. Sometimes after an adjustment appointment, the teeth feel sore. In these situations, pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all! We often remind our patients, “It does not have to hurt.

  • How often will I have appointments?

    Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s treatment plan. Most patients in braces will be seen every 4 to 8 weeks. If there are specific situations that require frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.

  • What do I do if I have an orthodontic emergency?

    Please call our office at 212-281-1700, our office is open five days a week, most nights till 6pm. Many emergencies may be addressed over the phone but we will do our best to accommodate you in the event that you need to be seen.

  • What do I do if a wire is poking my cheek or gum?

    You have a few options. If the wire is loose, you can use tweezers to try to put the wire back into place. If the wire is too long, you can use a pencil eraser to push the poking wire down or you can place wax on the wire to cushion it. As a last resort, you could also clip the wire with a clean nail clipper. If you clip the wire, call the office to make an appointment to have it repaired.

  • What do I do if a brace loosens?

    If a brace loosens, you can try to stabilize it with wax; to prevent it moving around and possibility irritating you. In most case, a loose brace is not an emergency unless you are in pain.

  • Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

    Yes! Oral hygiene maintenance is stressed to our patients during orthodontic treatment. We recommend our patients see their dentist for 4-month recall visits until completion of treatment.

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