Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a consultation appointment?

-Consultation appointments are complimentary.

How much do braces cost?

- The total cost of braces varies in price from case to case. More severe cases cost more and more simple cases cost less. Dr. McCarthy will evaluate your case and our office manager will explain the cost at your initial consult.

How often do I have to come in for appointments?

- Appointments are usually scheduled every 4-8 weeks. Sometimes you will need to be seen more frequently if Dr. McCarthy feels it is necessary.

When are my payments due?

- Payments are due on the first of each month.

Do you send out statements for monthly payments?

- No we do not. At the signing of the contract, it covers the due date for each monthly payment, and is expected by the first day of each month.

Where are you located?

- Our Redding office is located at 68 Hartnell Ave., Redding, CA 96001 and our Chico office is located at 2428 Notre Dame Blvd., Chico, CA 95926.

Can I make payments online?

- We do not currently accept payments over the internet, however our front office staff is available during business hours to take payments over the phone. You may also sign up for our autopay option.

Do I need to have all my dental work completed before I can start treatment?

- Yes, however you can come for your initial consultation prior to having your dental work completed.

Can my appointments be after school?

- Most appointments can be made for after school, however we cannot guarantee all appointments can be made for those times.

Do I have to wear my retainers all the time?

- This varies due to what treatment you are undergoing. Dr. McCarthy will answer this question during your initial consultation.

Do you have invisalign?

- We do not offer invisalign as an option. Dr. McCarthy is not satisfied with the results in most cases.

Do clear brackets cost more?

- No they do not.

What insurance do you accept?

- Shasta orthodontics accepts a wide variety of insurances. It is best to call the office and speak with our office manager to determine if your insurance is accepted by Shasta Orthodontics.

Will retainers move my teeth back to where they were if I have not been wearing them?

- This is not a simple question and should be addressed by Dr. McCarthy.

Do braces hurt?

- There is some discomfort associated with orthodontic treatment; however, it is not common for them to be painful.