Thomas Kovacs Orthodontics

Timing Of Treatment

Starting orthodontic treatment varies from patient to patient.  Different factors come into play such as patients age and amount of primary teeth still present.  During the initial consultation the appropriate timing of treatment will be determined based on the patients specific needs.

Phase I “interceptive treatment” may begin while primary teeth are still present.  This treatment typically occurs in younger patients to help correct a dental and/or orthopedic condition and only top braces and/or an appliance is placed.  In most cases Phase I treatment doesn’t eliminate the need for further treatment also known as Phase II after permanent teeth have erupted.

Phase II “comprehensive treatment” is when full braces are used to adjust the position of permanent teeth to develop a proper bite and enhance facial esthetics.  This phase usually starts after all primary teeth have been lost but this is not always necessary and will be determined during the initial consultation.

Give us a call at 655-9300 to set up a complimentary consultation.

Clarity Advanced Brackets

Ceramic braces have been designed to improve esthetics, especially for the adult patient. Clarity ADVANCED Ceramic Braces give you the confidence you need to flash an amazing smile, both during treatment and after.

The translucent ceramic material blends with your teeth and will resist staining and discoloration throughout your treatment.  With its small, low profile design, Clarity ADVANCED braces are virtually unnoticeable, making them perfect for patients of any age who are looking for the confidence and freedom to smile on any occasion.

Clarity ADVANCED Ceramic braces provide the following:

  • A small and comfortable design featuring rounded corners to reduce irritation and rubbing
  • Translucent material that blends with the color of your teeth, providing virtually unnoticeable treatment and allowing you to smile confidently
  • A unique system that is easily applied and removed by your orthodontist, allowing you to focus on the new you, not the process

Call us at 406-655-9300 to set up your complimentary consultation to learn more about all of your options at Thomas Kovacs Orthodontics.

What Sets Us Apart

We know you have choices when it comes to orthodontic care.  Here are some key advantages we offer…

  • Top quality treatment provided by a trained specialist, who is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists
  • No charge for initial consultation
  • Very competitive fees/flexible payment plans
  • No charge for broken appliances
  • 100 percent satisfaction guarantee, prior to appliance removal
  • Two retainers made at the end of treatment, in case one is lost or broken
  • Patient seen and treated by Dr. Kovacs at every appointment

We welcome the opportunity to guide you on your way to a beautiful smile.  We have had the privilege of providing orthodontic care to Billings and the surrounding areas for over 20 years.  By using the most advanced orthodontic techniques in our modern facility, you can be assured of the ultimate orthodontic experience.  Call us to schedule your complimentary consultation 655-9300

The First Visit

Here at Thomas Kovacs Orthodontics our #1 goal is to help our patients achieve a healthy, straight and beautiful smile.  Our entire staff will work with you from your first appointment to ensure your orthodontic care is comfortable, convenient and rewarding.  We want you to look and feel your best.

Your Initial Consultation is a complimentary visit, this visit typically only takes 20-30 minutes.  After the appointment is made, our staff will send you a welcome packet with some information on our office.  During your first visit, Dr. Kovacs will take a look at your teeth and review any records or paperwork you may have. The first step in determining your treatment is to learn as much about your specific orthodontic situation as possible.  At this time he will let you know if he thinks you are ready to start orthodontic treatment and propose a tentative treatment plan.  We will then go over the cost of treatment, coverage of any insurance, and in house payment plans and answer any questions you may have.

For your convenience these initial appointments can be made in Billings or in our Miles City office.  To schedule an appointment call us at 406-655-9300.


Patient Rewards Program

Creating a beautiful smile requires both a commitment from us and the cooperation of you.  With that in mind, we are excited to introduce our Patient Rewards Club.  Our club was created as a way to recognize all of your hard work by awarding you with fantastic rewards as you progress along your orthodontic journey.

You may redeem great prizes on our website for as low as 100 points or accumulate points throughout your treatment for an even bigger cash out prize, the choice is up to you.  During each appointment points will be awarded for outstanding cooperation.. For example, great brushing and flossing, nothing loose or broken, and wearing all appliances as instructed just to name a few.  In addition to taking great care of your teeth and braces you can earn points in other ways,  participate in monthly online contests, getting good grades, being on time to your appts, etc.

Please give us a call if you have any questions.. 406-655-9300


Caring For Your Mouthguard

Take good care of your mouthguard and it will take good care of your teeth and braces.

Here are some great ways to take care of your mouthguard…

Clean it after every use.

  • Rinse it with cool water
  • Gently brush it occasionally with toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Avoid hot water as it may change the fit

Be responsible..

  • Don’t chew on your mouthguard
  • Keep it in a hard, protective container that allows air flow
  • Don’t leave it in direct sunlight or heat

Be sure to take care of your smile and ask us if a mouthguard is right for you.

Importance of Rubber Bands

A common question asked is “why do orthodontists use rubber bands with braces?”

Rubber bands are an important part of the orthodontic treatment.  They provide the connective force necessary to move the teeth and jaw into the proper alignment.  Rubber bands are typically used in the final phase of treatment and are used to adjust bite and jaw position.  This ensures the patients teeth will line up properly.  While brackets, wires, and ligatures are responsible for moving teeth along the gum line and the angle at which they point away from the gums, rubber bands pull the jaw forward or backward in order to line up your top and bottom rows of teeth to improve your smile and make your teeth fit together comfortably when you bite down.

Patients should follow directions carefully when wearing rubber bands, doing this ensures treatment stays on schedule and provides optimal results.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your current or future treatment give us a call at 655-9300.

Retainers Are Important

The success of a patient’s orthodontic treatment depends on how dedicated they are about wearing their retainer.  Unfortunately, approximately  25% of patients who wear braces have to get them again because they fail to wear their retainers as instructed.

Be sure to wear your retainer and schedule regular checks as instructed to maintain a beautiful, straight smile for a lifetime.

Do Braces Hurt?

One of the most common questions we are asked is “do braces hurt?”

Some patients experience a little bit of soreness after their first appointment when the braces are placed or after an adjustment appointment.  Typically a patient may experience a mild achy pressure within the first few days, but it will get better very quickly.

Here are a few things to help minimize the discomfort..

  1. Plan meals with soft food after you start treatment or after an adjustment appt.  Mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, scrambled eggs, yogurt, and soup are just a few options.
  2. Don’t be afraid to use the wax provided to you.
  3. Swish with luke warm salt water
  4. Don’t pick at your braces, and be sure to practice great oral hygiene

Most importantly, just remember its all going to be very worth it and do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions..


If you are thinking about getting braces this summer, call now to reserve your appointment because our summer schedule fills up fast. Call us at 406-655-9300.