Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the average treatment take?

Utilizing the newest technologies we now anticipate total treatment times averaging less than two years from start to finish. Obviously some more demanding cases can take longer and more basic cases can finish sooner, but we complete most of our cases in less than two years.

How much does the average treatment cost?

Standard average charges range between $2500 and $6000, depending on each individual case. There can be additional charges for surgical cases and cosmetic brackets. We also advise that you continue your regular schedule with your family dentist. Those charges for general dentistry will be delivered by your family dentist.

Is orthodontic treatment painful?

With today's braces, most patient's teeth are sensitive for a day or two. We provide soft wax to place on any rough areas of your braces to minimize mouth irritations. Warm, salty water is also a good home remedy for oral discomfort.

What are your office hours?

Our typical week is from Monday to Thursday.
7:45 AM to 5:00 PM.

How often will appointments be?

We average 6 weeks between visits. In the beginning of treatment some patients need to be seen quite frequently, others have long (10-12 weeks) intervals between appointments. The closer to the end of treatment a patient gets the more frequent the visits tend to be. When we factor all visits together we average about 6 weeks between appointments.

What happens at a typical visit?

Once the patient is seated, the Assistant reviews the chart to see what is planned for the day's appointment. A doctor is consulted prior to commencing work, then the necessary procedures are performed. Upon completion of the days work, the doctor checks and review the work performed and plans the next appointment. All questions are answered and comfort is assured prior to the patient leaving. Most visits end with a review of the day's work with the accompanying parent.

How long is an average visit in the office?

Most visits are 20-30 minutes in length. Appointments which require the application of any braces, either initial of during treatment can be longer. Most of these brace application visits are performed during the morning hours as they tend to take longer and require more direct contact between doctor and patient. The initial banding (i.e. the day braces are first placed) usually take 2-2 1/2 hours.

Does the office accept insurance?

Most major dental insurances are accepted by our office. These include those for the military, government workers, teachers and most major industries. Our office will be glad to assist in filing insurance forms and in many cases will allow direct assignment of benefits to our office.

What happens when treatment is complete?

All of our patients enter a two year retention program following completion of fixed orthodontic treatment. Retainers are delivered at the end of treatment, final records are taken and reviewed and periodic follow up visits are scheduled to assure the beautiful result achieved with braces will last for a life time.

What colors are available for braces?

Every color imaginable!! We have collected orthodontic ties with every color of the rainbow which we make available to our patients. Patients with clear braces can place clear ties on their braces or can have colors as well. We like our patients to enjoy their treatment with us and we do what we can to make it fun.

What happens if an appointment must be missed or canceled?

We request our patients to call us as soon as possible if a change in schedules arise. If the office is closed you may leave a message to cancel your appointment on our answering machine. You may then call back to reschedule or request the office to call you at your convenience. If appointments are canceled in adequate time, patients requesting sooner visits can often be accommodated. The sooner an appointment is rescheduled, the sooner a new appointment can be made which will keep treatment progress at the rate necessary for a speedy finish. One of the largest causes for extended treatment times is missing appointments. Delaying rescheduling delays progress even further. So if an appointment must be missed please call to cancel and reschedule as soon as possible.

What should be done in an emergency situation?

If an orthodontic emergency arises (broken braces, something cutting or preventing closure of the mouth) call our office number...(603) 329-9955. Instructions concerning contacting our paging system will be given. Call our pager and someone will return your call as soon as possible. Obviously, if an emergency is of a life threatening nature it is advised to call 911 of immediately visit the nearest emergency room.

What do I do to get started?

Call us as at (603) 329-9955 soon as possible for a complimentary evaluation appointment. When your appointment is made we will send a patient health information package which we request you fill out prior to your visit. When you come for the first appointment you will be met by one of the treatment coordinators who will brief you about the visit. Then the doctor will examine you (or your child) and determine the best course of treatment. If necessary, diagnostic records (digital photos, X-Rays and impressions) will be taken to evaluate. If the diagnostic records are indicated, there will be a charge for this service.

Dr. James M. Holland, DMD

Our Hampstead office is open
Monday - Thursday
7:45am - 5:00pm

Our Rye office has flexible hours




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