Many people have called our office and asked, “How much do braces cost?”

Our response is, “We can’t give you a quote over the phone but our exams and consultations are free. We will be happy to set up an appointment for you to come in and see Dr. Carter.

Dr. Carter will take a look to see what’s needed, put a treatment plan together and then we will go over financial options with you.”

Why can’t we give a quote over the phone?

The answer is simple. There is not a one price fits all quote. There are many variables in determining each patient’s treatment plan and therefore the cost, including but not limited to treatment times, appliances needed and goals the patients are wanting to achieve. What we can do is offer a free initial exam which includes x-rays, photos, and time with Dr. Carter where she will do her examination, put together a treatment plan and answer all of your questions.

When the examination is complete, and treatment requirements and length of treatment time has been determined, these factors will be used to create a financial options sheet. Our treatment coordinator will then go over the cost of treatment, what is included and will help put together a financial plan that works best with the patient’s budget.

At Carter & Higgins Orthodontics, we want every one to receive the treatment they desire and/or need without cost being the deciding factor. We offer several discounts. We have discounts for teachers, veterans, and law enforcement. Sibling discounts and professional discounts are also available.

Payment in full discounts are given at a percentage off the treatment cost. If our patient has orthodontic insurance, we file with their insurance companies and work hard to ensure our patients receive their benefits.

We do not take Care Credit. We have found the interest rates to be very high both for our patients and for us. We do offer an in house monthly payment plan option with no interest, no hidden fees and no early pay off penalties. Typically, payment plans are spread out over the course of 1.5 to 2.5 years, depending on the estimated length of treatment time.

We also off a Smile Scholarship. The Smile Scholarship application can be found on our website at under the ‘About Us’ link. One may fill out the application and submit it to our office with the requested documentation and information attached. Every three months a team gathers to go over the applications and a winner of the scholarship is selected. The scholarship does not cover the cost of treatment in its entirety but greatly reduces the fee enabling our patient to comfortably afford treatment.

We know some orthodontists advertise one down payment option with a set monthly fee. But at Carter & Higgins Orthodontics we see our patients as individuals with different needs and requirements. We don’t see patients, we see people. We see people who deserve quality care and treatment by a specialist, at a cost they can afford. We see people who are choosing to invest in the health and look of their smile or their child’s smile. Yes, it is an investment and it is an investment we want to help you achieve.

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Handcrafted Smiles for Truly Personalized Care

At Carter & Higgins Orthodontics, our goal is to serve our patients and their families — not just their teeth. We take our time with every single patient, to ensure that you get the best possible care.

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