Top 5 Ways to Keep Teeth Straight After Braces: A Mom’s Guide

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Everyone who wears braces knows it takes extra care and patience to reach a beautiful result and get those braces off. Then, the minimal effort to keep the teeth straight after braces protects the investment in a great smile to help it last a lifetime.

Here are the top 5 points to remember:

1) Start with expert care. Work with a university trained orthodontic specialist, who knows the details of providing a longest-lasting result.

2) Avoid quick fixes. If treatment has a brief time limit there may not be time to provide the procedures that help your teeth stay straight.

3) Avoid partial corrections. These can allow teeth to shift easily after treatment. If considering clear aligners, be sure to ask your orthodontist what compromises in stability of the teeth might undermine the long-term result, and be ready to deal with these.

4) Use stability techniques. Expert orthodontic care with a specialist can use a variety of extra procedures to help keep teeth straight. This involves special hidden shaping of teeth, select extra correction, and certain gum procedures to name a few.

5) Stay committed to your retainers! Follow all your orthodontist’s recommendations for retainers and how to properly use them. The wide variety of fixed and removable retainers has to be carefully considered and used just as instructed by your orthodontic specialist.

Follow these guidelines for your orthodontic care and you’ll enjoy your healthy, bright beautiful smile for your entire lifetime! That’s something to really smile about! Feel free to ask Dr. Bert more about how to save money on braces with Raleigh Orthodontics. You can call 919-847-6364, or visit www.raleighorthodontics.com.



 

Summer with Raleigh Orthodontics!

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Summer is in full swing! Enjoy the essentials of summer with the team at Raleigh Orthodontics.

Free ice cream on us! Enjoy a complimentary frosty delight every time you visit us at Raleigh Orthodontics now through September. Ready your bellies for Ice Cream Sandwiches, Nutty-Buddy Cones and Fudgesicles!

Hawaiian Theme Day. Dress to impress in your best Hawaiian themed attire. Dr. Bert has his Hawaiian shirt ready to go! Join is for a day of fun: a Hula-hoop Contest, ice cream, and a relaxing atmosphere.

Calling all hula-hoop pros!  During our Hawaiian Theme days we’ll be sporting HULA HOOP CONTESTS! Do you think you have what it takes to hula-hoop over 5 minutes? We want to see! Everyone who hula-hoops over 5 minutes can spin our wheel and win a Hawaiian prize or a Kodak instant camera!

Participate in our Hawaiian Theme Days on:

Creedmoor: August 4th

Raleigh: August 11th

Louisburg: August 16th

We’re looking forward to seeing all of our patients and friends in our community this summer. Let’s make summer 2016 one to remember! Oh, and STAY COOL! 

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The Raleigh Orthodontics Hawaiian Days: Everyone’s invited!

Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 9.31.26 PMAloha! For those who love Hawaiian beauty and fun, a luau is a gathering of family, friends, and the community to enjoy great food, great company, and great times. The Raleigh Orthodontics team is ready to have a luau for you this August!

Dress to impress in your best Hawaiian themed attire. Dr. Bert has his Hawaiian shirt ready to go! Join is for a day of fun: a Hula-hoop Contest, ice cream, and a relaxing atmosphere.

Calling all hula-hoop pros! During our Hawaiian Theme days we’ll be sporting HULA HOOP CONTESTS! Do you think you have what it takes to hula-hoop over 5 minutes? We want to see! Everyone who hula-hoops over 5 minutes can spin our wheel and win a Hawaiian prize or an instant camera!

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Participate in our Hawaiian Theme Days on:

Creedmoor: August 4th

Raleigh: August 11th

Louisburg: August 16th

See you in August!

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.
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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!

Orthodontics Guide For Moms: What is the best age for braces?

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I often get the question: “What is the best age for braces?” To answer it, here are some general guidelines when trying to decide when you should consult an orthodontist about straightening your kiddos’ pearly whites:

The average age to wear braces is about 12 years old. However, this does not necessarily mean that your child will get braces right away. It simply means that after a consult, I will be able to identify any problems that may exist and determine the best time to start any needed treatment. Orthodontic problems vary, depending on tooth position, jaw growth, or a combination. Each of the many problems that can be present affects the best time to start braces– some as early as age 7 or 8, and others as late as 18 or 19!

To help you identify when it’s time to see an orthodontist for a consult, here are 3 signs to look for:

  • Over-jet, Crowding and Spacing: Front teeth that stick out too much (overjet), are crowded, or are spaced.
  • Overbite: Bites where the lower front teeth are near or biting the roof of the mouth.
  • Crossbite: Trickier to see, but very important, bites where any upper teeth hit behind or inside the lower teeth. This is known as crossbite, which can harm the teeth and cause the lower jaw to grow to one side.

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Additionally, here are 2 tips for timing of braces:

1) Start braces early enough so the alignment or bite problem doesn’t become more complicated to treat. Let’s not let a problem worsen so that getting a great result might not happen.

2) Delay treatment until the braces can be on the shortest period of time and still get a complete and beautiful result.

By timing braces correctly, the patient gets the best result the easiest way. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends the first orthodontic consult at age 7, when the first set of permanent molars are in and the new incisors are showing up. Then, we follow young patients every 6-12 months to make sure the new teeth come in properly and to time the braces for the very best and easiest result.

Moms come to us as orthodontic experts to evaluate these features and many other ones harder to see to be sure braces treatment starts on time. This ensures that their youngsters wind up with a beautiful smile for a lifetime, and get it the easiest, most cost-effective way possible. With an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the best opportunity for a healthy, straight, glowing smile. Feel free to ask me more about the best age for braces for your child. You can call 919-847-6364, or visit raleighorthodontics.com.

Thanks for taking such great care of your kids!

 

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!

 

We love to hear from you!

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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!

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!