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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.

Let’s talk about the cost of braces..

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Many folks these days enjoy the benefits of braces- a beautiful, healthy smile for a lifetime. Here at Raleigh Orthodontics, it’s our mission to provide you with affordable, personalized and highly experienced specialty orthodontic care that fits your budget!

We offer a variety of payment options to meet your financial needs.

The Cost of Braces

Let’s start with the typical fee, say $5635, for full braces lasting about 18 to 24 months. This fee will include all the planning needed at the beginning, all the braces and adjustments, plus retainers when the braces come off. You may elect to pay a typical initial payment of 15% to 25 %, then spread the remaining amount over 18 months. We are very flexible in how payments are structured so we allow initial payments as low as 5% to 10% as well. We will help you fit the fee into your budget so you can get the care you need for your child or yourself. If paying the whole fee at the beginning we apply a 5% fee reduction for simplifying our bookkeeping.

Insurance Coverage for Braces

We participate In-Network with the following insurance companies:
MetLife, Blue Cross Blue Sheild, Ameritas, Cigna, Humana, United Concordia and The Guardian.

Here at Raleigh Orthodontics we are very experienced working with these and many other insurance companies. This means we’ll file for your insurance coverage and apply the expected coverage amount to the fee, reducing the costs to you. Keep your coverage active during the whole time of treatment to take advantage of this benefit. We will determine the level of your coverage and explain it to you at your first visit.

Affordable Braces

We pay special attention to features of care that keep costs down. In addition to using your insurance coverage for braces, we use advanced materials and techniqus to keep the care visits to a minimum while still keeping highest quality care our main goal.

In the end, the benefits of our personalized, highly experienced specialty orthodontic care outweigh the costs. You can expect to have teeth that are easier to keep clean, won’t wear down because of a poor bite, and that allow a big, bright beautiful smile that boosts confidence and makes smiling a joy.

If you have any questions about financing or payments, ask us! We’ll thoroughly explain your choices and make sure we accommodate your needs. Give us a call at 919-847-6364 and visit us at RaleighOrthodotics.com. See you soon!

The Raleigh Orthodontics Car Magnet Contest: Win a family trip to Great Wolf Lodge!

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To enter, pick up a Raleigh Orthodontics magnet at one of our offices and display it on your car. Then, click here or visit our Facebook page to register. That’s it!

Every month we will randomly choose one participant who receives a $50 Visa gift card and becomes one of our top 12 finalists, eligible to win
the GREAT WOLF LODGE GRAND PRIZE.

That’s not all! When you spot a car with a Raleigh Orthodontics car magnet on it, snap a photo, and post it on our Facebook wall or Instagram it with #raleighortho. You’ll instantly receive ANOTHER ENTRY IN THE CONTEST!

Don’t have a Facebook account? No problem. You can enter by emailing us your name, contact information and photo to: Danielle@raleighorthodontics.com

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.  

Welcome to Raleigh Orthodontics

Orthodontics Care and Braces

Raleigh Orthodontics and Dr Bert KellingYour child’s smile is personal. If your youngster isn’t smiling, or doesn’t feel great about his or her smile, you’re not smiling either. If you’re not smiling because of how your teeth look, you may not be enjoying life to the fullest.
At Raleigh Orthodontics, we take great smiles personally. Raleigh Orthodontics is committed to providing you expert personalized braces care, customized and delivered each visit by me and my highly experienced team.

Raleigh Orthodontics dedication to your personal care is rooted in my original interest in being a doctor. When I was a little boy my mother told me that the best thing to do in life is to find a way to help people. Her father was a successful physician for nearly 50 years. So, at age 14 I made the decision to be a dentist. With encouragement and lots of help from my parents I stuck to that goal for the next 15 years until finishing my orthodontics training at Harvard University in Boston, the same city where my grandfather completed his medical education.

Practicing Orthodontics

What heartened me during those 15 years of hard work, and helped to sustain my dream to practice dentistry, was a sense of purpose to create an orthodontics practice where there were few if any limits on how well I could help people within my chosen profession. Little did I know that the blessing of practicing orthodontics is not only do we have a great opportunity to give people a beautiful healthy smile that lasts a lifetime, but we also get to know our families personally and have many opportunities to share their joys and sorrows. Through this closeness we enjoy the fruit of authentic relationships that form the basis for truly helping people where they need help the most. We’re particularly enthusiastic about helping people achieve a beautiful smile for a lifetime through orthodontics care and braces.
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In 2005 I was led by the Holy Spirit to dedicate Raleigh Orthodontics to the Lord Jesus Christ. This came from the realization in my heart that my success in practice was established more by what the Lord has done/is doing in my life than by my own efforts. Rooted in Christ, we ask daily for opportunities to represent Him the best we can and ask for His help in the treatment we provide, recognizing that each person who comes through our door has been sent to us for a reason, dental or otherwise. It is our goal to discover these reasons, respect those who seek our help, and serve them with the highest levels of care.

Orthodontics Raleigh NC and Personal Care

So, what started as a dream to help people with orthodontics care and braces has been lifted to a calling to serve the Lord, which has given us the blessing of finding that as we care abundantly for others we reap the greatest benefit for ourselves. This is certainly what my mom knew way back then.

These many years later, it is our blessing and joy at Raleigh Orthodontics to serve our family of patients with orthodontics care and braces and help them have a beautiful smile to last a lifetime. Call Raleigh Orthodontics today…Why Wait?…call 919-847-6364 to schedule a consultation.

Dr. Bert Kelling
Board Certified Orthodontist
Raleigh Orthodontics