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A Mom’s Guide to Saving Money On Braces: Tips from Dr. Bert Kelling!

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Braces, formally known as orthodontic care, can be provided in a huge variety of ways.  Usually braces are provided by an Orthodontist who has years of expertise training in order to know how to provide the best patient care. Every patient wants to not only achieve the best result, but the easiest and fastest way too (for the least amount of money!). We know you want to be smart about the cost of braces and we’re here to help!

1) Avoid compromise treatment.  If you spend money on compromise treatment leading to an incomplete result, all the money may be a waste. Incomplete orthodontic care is very hard to maintain and later can require re-treatment, costing even more.

2) Catch orthodontic problems early.  In addition to knowing all the different ways to move teeth, it is important to know how to select the best timing of care, not too early, causing unnecessary treatment, and not too late, making care more complicated.  Proper timing saves money, giving us our second point: be sure to catch any orthodontics problems early enough to provide care at the best time. This can prevent problems from worsening and causing more treatment and expense. Remember: the first orthodontist visit should be around age 7 or 8.  See our blogs on the “Timing Of Braces” by clicking here.

3) Ask your employer to add orthodontic care to your health insurance. Insurance coverage for braces usually provides $1,500 to $2,000 toward the cost of treatment. Adding coverage for braces to an existing dental policy is usually minimal extra cost. Watch out for waiting periods and plan ahead.

4) Use your retainers properly. After the braces are off, be sure to understand how to use your retainers properly to maintain your great result and avoid having to pay for more treatment later. After braces, teeth can shift easily, so retainers are very important. Your orthodontist has extensive knowledge of the wide variety of retainers and will recommend the best for each patient. Regular checking and proper management of retainers is also important.

5) Start financial planning for braces early.  By working with an orthodontist early, optimally starting around age 7 or 8, you will know if braces will be needed in the future. This will allow you to save up the fee ahead of time. When you can pay the whole fee at the beginning of treatment, usually you can get a discount on the fee. Early planning also helps you line-up insurance coverage on time!

The key to saving money on braces involve planning early, spending your funds wisely on expert, efficient orthodontic care, and conscientiously protecting your beautiful new smile for a lifetime.  That’s something to really smile about! Feel free to ask me more about how to save money on braces with Raleigh Orthodontics. You can call 919-847-6364, or visit raleighorthodontics.com

What’s the Best Age for Braces? Part 2

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In Part 1, we introduced 7 principles of braces that support our goal of providing quality orthodontic care to all of our patients. All of these principles relate to selecting the best timing of braces. We’d like to avoid starting braces too early, making the patient wear braces longer than necessary, or starting treatment too late, which could lead to missing an opportunity to achieve the best result possible.

As you may have previously read in Part 1, these are the 7 principles that support quality braces care:

1) Make treatment as simple as possible and still get the best result obtainable.

2) Treat to minimize irreversible problems.

3) If a current problem can cause other problems, keep that from happening, when reasonable.

4) Provide treatment that maximizes stability.

5) Consider the benefits to the patient of achieving a beautiful smile as soon as reasonable.

6) Avoid treatment that suffers from delays.

7) Minimize treatment costs in money and time.

In part 1, we discussed principles 1 through 3. Let’s now review the remaining principles:

Principle 4: Provide treatment that maximizes stability.

Teeth can have a tendency to move back toward where they came from. If teeth can be prevented from becoming very crooked, they will have less of a tendency to move back after they have been aligned. If a patient can be prevented from growing into a severe problem there will be less of a tendency for the problem to return. Providing the right care at the right time can ensure major benefits in this area. Knowing how to do this requires expert knowledge and experience. After braces, retainers are always used to protect the correction while the bone and soft tissues around the teeth are getting used to the new positions. Proper use of the various kinds of retainers is very important in providing stability of the orthodontic correction.

Principle 5: Consider the benefits of the patient achieving a beautiful smile as soon as reasonable.

If a young child, say ages 7-10, has very protruding or crooked upper front teeth and is suffering from a social stigma or reduced self-esteem from this problem, correcting this early can be a meaningful improvement in the young person’s quality of life. An early phase of orthodontic care should be considered in this situation. Parents can be alerted to these problems when they notice upper front teeth that are a distraction to their child’s appearance or hear about other kids bothering their child about their looks.

6) Avoid treatment that suffers from delays.

Careful comprehensive analysis of an orthodontic problem is necessary to properly plan the timing of braces. If there are certain problems that can’t be treated right away, those problems can delay the progress of care and unnecessarily lengthen the treatment time for the patient. Typically, in this area are teeth that are late to form and erupt, thus having to wait on them before further braces progress can be seen. Knowing how to identify these potential problems is very important to keeping the timing of braces just right.

7) Minimize treatment costs in money and time.

Timing of braces for great efficiency saves appointment visits and also reduces the amount of time patients and parents have to spend getting to and at appointments. Also, fewer appointments reduce the doctor’s cost of providing care! When the best age for braces is carefully selected, reducing time costs for patients and financial costs for the doctor ‘s care can be kept down. Knowing how to do this while still providing the highest quality care requires expert skills and knowledge that an orthodontist can provide for you and your child.

With these 7 principles at work, patients can receive the highest quality orthodontic care with the least expense in time and money. Structuring the optimum timing of braces by starting not too early and not too late for the specific patient’s problem allows all of this to happen. Expert orthodontic skill, care and judgment allow determining the best age for braces and provides the patient with the highest quality orthodontic care.

The Right Time For Braces, Part 1

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The average age to wear braces is about 12 years old, but that’s not necessarily the best time to start braces. Why? Orthodontic problems vary a huge amount. From slightly crooked or spaced teeth, to severely protruding teeth (buck teeth), to major bite problems (lower jaw too far forward or too far back), to a bite that causes the jaw to grow to the side, to delayed eruption of teeth, just to name a few! Each of the many variety of problems effects the best time to start braces, some as early as age 7 or 8, and others as late as 18 or 19! Orthodontic problems can be divided into two types: those needing treatment in two steps (an early step and a later step) or those best treated in one step. Each of these steps has an optimum time to start depending on the details of the particular patient’s bite problem. It is important to know how to tell the difference between a problem needing two steps vs. one needing only one step.
Quality Braces Care: 
Proper timing of braces greatly effects the quality of the care. If you start too early, the patient can wear braces longer than necessary. If you start too late, the patient might not receive the best result. Both lower the quality of orthodontic care. There are 7 principles that guide selecting the best time for braces:
1) Make treatment as simple as possible and still get the best result obtainable.
2) Treat to minimize irreversible problems.
3) If a current problem can cause other problems, keep that from happening, when reasonable.
4) Provide treatment that maximizes stability.
5) Consider the benefits to the patient of achieving a beautiful smile as soon as reasonable.
6) Avoid treatment that suffers from delays.
7) Minimize treatment costs in money and time.
Principle 1: Simplicity with the best result.
Sometimes there is more than one way to achieve the best result. The orthodontist has to know a wide variety of ways to make braces work so he or she can pick the simplest way for that patient to receive the best result. Broad, expert knowledge is important here!
Principle 2: Don’t allow irreversible problems if at all possible. 
Sometimes there is a bite problem that if allowed to persist will become partly or fully irreversible. It’s very important to know how to recognize these, also requiring expert knowledge, experience, and to know how to treat these early enough to avoid an irreversible condition. Bites that cause the jaw to grow to one side are an example and have to be caught very early to avoid irreversible growth problems.
Principle 3: Don’t let one problem cause other significant problems. 
Some bite problems can over time cause other problems, making the bite problem harder to get an excellent result. The best age for braces seeks that we have the highest degree of predictability and that we will obtain an excellent result. Not allowing a problem to compound many times makes a difference. With a severe overbite, for example, the upper front teeth go way down over the lower front teeth and can interfere with proper development and alignment of the lower teeth or impede growth of the lower jaw. Selecting these cases properly, with expert knowledge and experience, improves the quality of the result.
In “What is the Best Age for Braces? Part 2” we will look at the remaining principles and end wrapping it all up in how proper timing for braces, derived from expert knowledge and experience, supports providing braces for a lifetime of beautiful smiles. Stay tuned!

Raleigh Orthodontics Kudos Box- a small way for a parent to give a BIG Congratulations!

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Are you an extremely proud parent? Well, we want to hear why! Here’s your chance to tell us. The next time you visit us at our Raleigh, Creedmoor, or Louisburg offices look for the Kudos Box in each waiting area.

Use the Kudos Box! It’s a box where you put a card (they are on top of the box) to brag about what your youngster has recently accomplished.

Grab a card and write down your child’s name and recent accomplishment. It can be anything you’re really proud of. You can give us your name as well if you like.

A few kind words can go far! Next time you are visiting us, take a minute to say Kudos to your youngster. They’ll really love your bragging about them and the encouragement! We want to congratulate and brag about them, too!

When you submit a Kudos card for your child, you also have the chance of seeing it posted on the Raleigh Orthodontics social media sites, website and next Smiles Hi! Newsletter, showing off how special your child is! Also, feel free to email your Kudos along with a picture of your child to Danielle@RaleighOrthodontics.com!

 

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Keep us updated. Have you recently moved, changed your phone number, or any of your contact information that we use to best serve you and your family? If so, please be sure to inform us of your recent changes. Simply give us a call at 919-847-6364 or email us, at info@raleighorthodontics.com.

Connect with us on social media. Did you know that Raleigh Orthodontics has a vigorous social media presence? Have you had a chance to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube? We’re always looking to stay connected with our patients outside of the office and in between visits. Connecting with our social media networks is also an efficient way to see our photos, updates, contests, and important office information. Visit us at www.raleighorthodontics.com to connect with our social media platforms and keep us informed of what’s been happening since your last visit to our office. We love to hear from you!

The Raleigh Orthodontics Cruise Contest Winner Has Been Announced!

 In order to choose the winner of the Raleigh Orthodontics Cruise Contest, we invited our top finalists to attend the Cruise Contest Spin Off Event. Each finalist was given the opportunity to spin the Raleigh Prize Wheel for a chance to win the grand prize: a CRUISE to the Caribbean!

And that’s not all. Each finalist received a $150 gift card to the Angus Barn in Raleigh. Everyone went home a winner!

BIG thanks to all of our wonderful patients who participated in our contest! Stay tuned for the announcement of the next year-long contest here at Raleigh Orthodontics.  

When is Best Age for Your Child’s First Orthodontic Visit?

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Dr. Bert Kelling

Dr. Bert Kelling, of Raleigh Orthodontics believes there is much more to taking care of your children’s teeth than teaching them how to brush, and taking them to the dentist. Most parents realize that getting their children to begin brushing and flossing, as well as getting their teeth professionally cleaned, are key elements of modern preventive oral hygiene, but beyond that, is there anything else you should be doing?

What many families don’t fully appreciate is the importance of getting their children examined by an orthodontist at an early age, in addition to their regular dental check-up. While many parents think that such an exam is only about getting braces for their children’s teeth, there is really much more to this type of dentistry than meets the eye.

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Raleigh Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the physical alignment of the teeth and jaw. And while the main tools of an orthodontist are braces, retainers, and a number of other mechanisms – the goal of this dental specialist is much more than just creating a pretty smile.

Orthodontic techniques, such as braces and expanders, are principally designed to correct problems that prevent proper eating, sleeping, and speaking. The fact is that when your teeth or jaws are not lined up correctly, this can impact how they chew, talk, sleep – and yes – smile.

The conditions that orthodontists look to correct most frequently include overcrowded teeth, overbites, underbites and cross bites. Some are tooth related and some have to do with jaw growth. Any one of these problems, can lead to headaches, poor mastication, snoring, and even pronounced susceptibility to decay from teeth that are difficult to reach while brushing.

When to Begin Orthodontic Exams
Even for parents who are aware of the importance of braces and orthodontic care, the question of when their children should first begin such treatment still causes a good deal of confusion. Should parents wait until their children begin to exhibit conditions such as crooked teeth, or complain of tooth positioning problems – or should they act much sooner?

Dr. Bert Kelling and most orthodontists agree that a child’s first exam should occur sometime around their 7th birthday. This enables the orthodontist to spot issues requiring treatment early, and to set up an effective treatment routine to address them.

Based on his exam and findings, Dr. Bert Kelling can recommend anything from no treatment at all, to the use of expanders, or braces. The goal of each of these procedures is to get the teeth to line up correctly and create a healthy environment for the eruption of future teeth. This allows for both comfortable eating, and healthy jaw alignment.

Proper orthodontic care for your children starts early, but pays dividends by catching potential costly problems before they develop. And the fact that orthodontic treatments like braces and retainers also result in gorgeous smiles, is an added – and very welcome bonus.

At Raleigh Orthodontics, we take great smiles personally. Dr Bert and his Raleigh Orthodontics team are committed to providing you expert customized Orthodontic care personally designed by Dr. Bert and delivered at each visit by Dr. Bert and his highly experienced team. Call today for a free consultation. 919-847-6364

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Dr. Bert Kelling
Board Certified Orthodontist
Raleigh Orthodontics