Frequently Asked Questions

We desire for your orthodontic experience to be done with excellence and exceed your expectations. Therefore, we love helping to answer any questions you have before, during & after your care.

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Frequently Asked Questions

With many places to choose from, why should I choose Ortho South and Dr. Brandon Boggan?

From the minute you arrive at our office you will feel right at home. Our team is dedicated to great service and comfort for you and your family. Dr. Boggan offers you the treatment plan that is best for you and will treat you as he would his own family.

Dr. Boggan is the Most Experienced Aligner Provider in Alabama – in fact he is the top provider of Invisalign in the state of Alabama and one of the top 1% of all providers worldwide.

Ortho South is also the exclusive provider of Shift Aligners, which offer the most affordable option (as low as $69/month) while still providing great quality and convenience.  We only use state of the art equipment and treatment mechanics providing the most comfortable, timely and desirable results possible.

Can I afford orthodontic treatment?

Absolutely! We have a variety of convenient payment options to help make getting a new smile much more affordable. Many dental insurance plans now include orthodontic benefits. We offer low or NO DOWN PAYMENT options and payments as low as $69/month (for Shift Aligners).  While we desire to provide as much cost details as possible, each patient’s treatment needs and insurance plans vary greatly – therefore, for the most accurate cost details, please contact us using the easy contact form or by giving us a call at 205.664.4140.

How much does Orthodontic Treatment Cost?

Costs for Braces and Invisalign usually ranges from about $3,000-$5,500, depending on the patient’s needs and insurance. At Ortho South, the cost for Invisalign Clear Aligners is actually the same cost as Braces.

Ortho South is also pleased to be the exclusive provider of Shift Aligners™, which are the most affordable option available. Costs for Shift Aligners are low – as low as $250 down and choose a payment plan as low as $69/month.

How long does Orthodontic Treatment usually take?

While the length of treatment time will vary based upon each patient and their unique needs.  The average treatment time is from 12 to 18 months.  We also are pleased to offer options (such as Vpro5) which allow treatment to be completed in up to 50% of the time of typical orthodontic treatment.  For more details on treatment time, see HERE.

How can I complete treatment up to 50% faster?

We are pleased to offer a technology called Vpro5.  Vpro5 is a gentle high-frequency vibration mouthpiece that is used for only about 5-mins each day, yet it can improve treatment time by up to 50% faster.  Both lightweight and having LED cycle operation notifications make the Vpro5 simple to use both at home or on the go.  Considering the potential time savings, the Vpro5 is also an affordable option.

What are Shift Aligners?

Shift Aligners are custom made medical-grade Clear Aligners that are customized and created at Ortho South using our 3D imaging and Printer technology.  Shift Aligners are exclusively offered by Ortho South.  Costs of Shift Aligners are more affordable (as low as $69/month) than any other option (including Traditional Braces and Invisalign Aligners), while maintaining a high level of quality and convenience.

What payment options are available?

There are many payment options available to help make your orthodontic care more affordable.  We offer several low-interest or no-interest payment plans as well as low or NO DOWN PAYMENT options.  For Shift Aligners, we also offer Shift Pay, which incorporates a low one-time payment or monthly payments as low as $69/month for 24 months.

There are also outside payment options such as Care Credit, which is a health care financing company that has been around for more than 30 years and is designed to cover the gap between what health insurance and credit cards will cover.  Charges remain interest-free if paid within a shorter time-frame.  Longer term financing is also available with reduced interest rates and fixed monthly payments.  Payments can even be made with your credit card.

If you have an Health Savings Account (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) through your empoyer, you may also be able to use it to help pay for your orthodontic treatment.

Does insurance pay for braces?

Yes, if you have orthodontic coverage. Orthodontic insurance is an additional “rider” on dental insurance. If you have orthodontic insurance, you are provided with a lifetime maximum benefit per eligible family member. Orthodontic insurance benefits are normally paid throughout the treatment time since orthodontics is a continuing treatment.  Insurance plans can often cover up to $3,500 of orthodontic costs.  We accept all orthodontic insurance benefits and will be happy to file it for you.

What if Dr. Boggan is not a provider of my insurance?

With most insurance companies you will still receive your orthodontic benefits at our office, even if we are not a provider for your insurance company and we do not appear on your provider list. Feel free to give us a call at 205.664.4140 and we will be happy to check for you.

What is Phase One (early) Treatment?

Phase I treatment is usually started when children are between the ages of 7 and 10. This phase of treatment usually lasts about 12-15 months. The primary objective for Phase I treatment is to address significant dental or skeletal problems which are corrected easier or that can only be corrected at an early age. Phase I treatment can fully correct these problems and/or prevent them from becoming more severe. It can also help to improve self esteem and self confidence.

My teeth have been crooked for many years, am I too old for orthodontic treatment?

It’s never too late! Approximately 40% of our practice are adults. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Orthodontic treatment can restore good function. And teeth that work better usually look better, too. A healthy, beautiful smile can improve self-esteem, no matter the age. We have had patients seek and undergo orthodontic treatment well beyond their 70s. Adults love the results they receive and are always extremely happy that they didn’t delay their new smile any longer.

How do I schedule my Free Initial Consultation?

There’s no better time to schedule your FREE (No-obligation) Consultation.  To schedule your free initial consultation, you can simply call us at 205.664.4140 or request an appointment via our convenient online form.

What should I expect at the Initial Consultation?

At your no-obligation FREE initial consultation, we will evaluate your orthodontic needs and offer you recommended options for treatment. As well, any questions you have will be gladly answered.

Some of the most common questions we will cover during your initial examination are the following:
• Is there an orthodontic problem and if so, what is it?
• What must be done to correct the problem?
• What are my treatment options?
• How long will the treatment take to complete?
• What are my options for payment?
• What costs are covered by my insurance?

Do you have any coupons or special offers?

We do sometimes offer specials on braces or Invisalign.  These special offers are typically limited to a certain number of people who start treatment and are only available to claim for a short period of time.  If an offer is currently active, you will see a blue special offer button on the lower corner of our webpage.  If you do not see a special offer currently, please give us a call at 205.664.4140 or contact us using the simple online form and we will let you know if any other special offers are available.

What if I have more questions about Orthodontic Treatment or Ortho South?

We would love to hear from you and are happy to answer any questions you have.  Please feel free to give us a call at 205.664.4140 or send your questions using our convenient contact form here.

Services For You


It’s your turn to get the smile you want. We offer many options for adults, including our exclusive Shift Aligners and Invisalign.


From cool color options on Braces to Invisalign Clear aligners or Shift Aligners, we offer many options to help your teen get a beautiful and confident new smile both you and they can be proud of.


It is recommended that kids visit an Orthodontist by age 7 (Phase I) to access future needs for orthodontics.

Cold Sore / Fever Blister

Have a persistent Cold Sore / Fever Blister? We offer a quick and easy laser treatment to help treat cold sores (including Aphthous Ulcers, Fever Blisters, Canker Sores).

Sleep Apnea / Snoring

Did you know that one of our custom made clear aligners can help reduce (or in some cases eliminate) snoring, as well as potentially improving sleep apnea conditions? Contact us to find out more.

TMJ / Joint Disorders

Ortho South can make a custom made aligner to help treat TMJ / Temporomandibular Joint Disorders.

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