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!

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.  

When Is The 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 brush thoroughly and floss, as well as getting their teeth professionally cleaned, are key elements of modern preventive oral care, but beyond that, is there anything else you should be doing?

Many families may not fully appreciate the importance of getting their children examined by an orthodontic specialist at an early age, in addition to their regular dental check-ups. 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.

Raleigh Orthodontics is a specialty practice that focuses on the physical alignment of the teeth and jaws and promotes this in harmony with a healthy bite, comfortable chewing muscles and smooth functioning jaw joints. While the main methods of an orthodontist are braces, retainers, and a variety of other appliances-the goal of this orthodontic 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 or may hold you back from a bright, beautiful smile. The fact is that when your teeth or jaws are not lined up correctly, it will impact how you chew, talk, sleep, -and yes-smile.

Orthodontic treatment most frequently corrects crowded or spaced teeth, overbites, and cross bites. Some are just tooth related and some have to do with jaw growth. Any one of these problems can lead to headaches, poor chewing, snoring, and even pronounced susceptibility to decay from teeth that are difficult to reach while brushing. Expert orthodontic care will help you have a beautiful, healthy smile for a lifetime. For this, the timing of the first orthodontic evaluation is important.

What’s the best age for an Orthodontic evaluation? 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 can be confusing. Some parents may consider waiting until their children begin to exhibit crooked teeth, have lost all their baby teeth, or complain of tooth positioning problems, but should they act much sooner?

Dr. Bert Kelling and most orthodontists agree that a child’s first orthodontic exam should be provided by an orthodontic specialist sometime around their 7th birthday. This enables the orthodontist to spot issues requiring treatment early, and to set up effective treatment to address them, before more complicated problems arise.

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

Proper orthodontic care for your children starts early, but pays dividends by catching potentially complicated and costly problems before they develop. And the fact that orthodontic treatment results in gorgeous smiles is an added—and very welcome bonus.

Raleigh Orthodontics

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.

Raleigh Orthodontics

Dr. Bert Kelling
Board Certified Orthodontist

For further information check out this website below:
http://www.mylifemysmile.org

If you want more information here is a link for your use:  http://www.americanboardortho. Orthodontic health

The Chewing Mechanism and Orthodontic Health

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Let’s narrow our focus now, leaving ideas pertaining to overall health, and visiting what we call the chewing mechanism or orthodontic health.  Of course, what we use to chew, the jaw joints, teeth, and chewing  muscles and nerves, are  used for a variety of other functions, chewing is the most active use of these parts of our body.  We also use the chewing mechanism when we speak, breath and make facial expressions. Let’s look at the characteristics of a healthy chewing mechanism. In the chewing action you need the jaw joint to be smooth, flexible, and comfortable. The second area involved is the bite, which should be solid, stable, and easy to use. The last area is the muscles and nerves need to be relaxed, comfortable and balanced. If all works well, then you won’t need Dr. Kellings’ help, but when they are not working right you are in pain then Dr. Kelling is the person you need. He can diagnose where the problem lies then provide you with a treatment plan.

Jaw Joint
Open your jaw all the way then shut it. You will see that the movement is done by TMJ which is the temporo-mandibular joint. The bone that forms the side of the skull is the temporal bone and the mandible (the lower jaw). It is a small disc of cartilage that separates the bone so that the mandible may slide easily whenever you talk, swallow, kiss, etc. Damage to this complex triangular structure, just in front of the ear, can cause a lot of discomfort. To locate this joint put your finger on the triangular structure in front of the ear. Move your finger just slightly forward then press firmly while you open your jaw all the way then close it. You can feel the joint motion in your ear canal.

What causes pain in this joint? It is because of displacement of the cartilage disc that caused pressure with stretching of the associate sensory nerves. The popping or clicking occurs when the disk snaps into place as the jaw moves. The chewing mechanism may spasm, not function efficiently, then cause pain and tenderness. Causes of these problems are trauma to the jaw, teeth grinding, excess gum chewing, stress and psychological factors, of course, improper bite with a malpositioned jaw, then last but not least arthritis.

In cases of injury, ice packs soon after the injury help to reduce swelling. Stress reduction, relaxation techniques, NSAID, muscle relaxants are used for relief. Treatment can involve a splint to align the upper and lower teeth, and last but not least surgery. After surgery the MD may send you to an orthodontist for further treatment, and management of the joint and pain.

The Bite
The bite should be solid, stable, and easy to do. Teeth, muscles, jaw joint and more, are all parts of the chewing system. All of these parts must work together for proper functioning to maintain orthodontic health . When one or more of the parts does not work right or malfunctions, problems develop.

Chewing Mechanism

A very common problem we see is a disharmony of the chewing system. In a healthy chewing system we find harmony and no pain. The muscles are relaxed. The joint is stable and the teeth work in a protected environment. When teeth bite together in the “normal” bite, all of the teeth work in a protected space, the teeth should contact all exactly at the same time along the axis of the tooth. Our goal at Raleigh Orthodontics is to promote orthodontic health as well as physical health, well-being, to prevent disease in all of our patients.

Muscles and Nerves
Some of the symptoms (problems people have happen) related to a Bad Bite are:

Tooth Problems:
• Tooth with a little pain
• Pain that is severe with a tooth, then death of the nerve that
will lead to a root canal
• Loss of a tooth
• A tooth that hurts with cold and air movement.
• (abfraction) or “melting” of a tooth surface.
• Tooth enamel that is worn down by contact with something.
• Chipped, tipping, with misalignment of teeth

Muscle Problems:
• Regular headache
• (headache pain) Migraine type
• Muscle spasm
• (Radiating pain to other muscles, teeth, eyes, ears, neck) are called trigger points. In severe cases, the
whole upper body will become involved.
• (jaw feels tired) Sore, easily fatigued muscles
Use caution—severe pain cases should be evaluated by a qualified team of Doctors, Specialist in Dental problems with the symptoms you are exhibiting.

Bone Problems:
• Recession of gum tissue around the teeth
• Loss of supporting bone around the teeth
• Horizontal bone loss around front and back teeth

Joint Problems:
• Jaw joint pain in front of the ears one or both sides (sometimes deep into the ear. (The pain feels like that of an earache.)
• Popping, clicking, grinding, and locking of the jaw joint.
• Joint surfaces melt down.
• Protective disc deterioration.

Nerve Problems:
• Precision dental sensory perception is lost.
• Throughout teeth, head, neck, and upper shoulders have radiating pain. ((WARNING: radiating pain to left jaw and left arm may be a sign
a heart related issue.)

Functional and Cosmetic Problems:
• (Teeth disappear behind lips) collapsed bite.
• (Deepening of wrinkles) collapsed lower face.
• (Sore, wet spots on corners of the mouth) drooping smile.
• (Lips become thin and lack fullness) loss of lip support.
• Cannot chew effectively.
• Swallowing problems

Orthodontic Treatment

What is done if you have any of these problems? Because a bad bite problem is quite complex, a diagnosis is necessary before or treatment is started. Diagnosis of the dental problem will uncover the cause of the problem so proper treatment can be planned out. It is necessary to understand the cause of the problems to be able to create a proper treatment plan. You are doing this to sort out the medical problems for referral to a physician, with dental problems being handled by a dentist in the specialty that is needed. So before good dental treatment can begin a proper diagnosis must be made.

The final process is described above and it requires a significant commitment on your part to get the best results. Investing both your time and money allow you the best orthodontic treatment possible. There are many options to decrease the amount of time and cost of treatment, but may not provide you with the best results. Our goal is to work with you to find out what is your best option, so that you can reach the desired outcome. We want you to have that “Great Smile”.

Orthodontic Health

For information about Dr. Bert and his practice please contact him by email at this website: Raleigh Orthodontics

If you want more information here is an external link for your use:  http://www.americanboardortho.orthodontic health

www.mylifemysmile.org

Affordable Braces

Affordable Braces

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Many folks these days want the benefits of braces- to enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile for a lifetime. More and more young people and adults are seeking these benefits, visiting us here at Raleigh Orthodontics, and enjoying seeing their smiles improve evey month. While the cost of orthodontic care has become more and more affordable, for some the cost can be a bit of a budget challenge. We have responded to this by offering a variety of ways that help everyone afford great orthodontic care.

THE COST OF BRACES

There are a variety of ways to afford orthodontic care here at Raleigh Orthodontics. 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 as well as retainers at the end of treatment. You may elect to pay our typical initial payment of 15% to 25 %, then spread the remaining amount over 18 months. Most folks do it this way. If you can pay the whole fee at the beginning we’ll give you a 5% fee reduction for simplifying our bookkeeping.

MAKING BRACES AFFORDABLE

If you’d like to spread the fee out further to reduce the monthly payments we’ll help you with options for outside financing. The interest rate for these is usually very attractive and it helps you fit the cost of care into your budget.

Here at Raleigh Orthodontics we are very experienced working with a large variety of insurance companies and their various plans. 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.

NEW TECHNIQUES AND AFFORDABLE BRACES

With advances in braces technology we are able to keep our fees reduced, which certainly benefits everyone. The advanced new metals, such as nitinol, by working over longer time intervals, reduce the number of appointments. The newer orthodontic appliances we use also work automatically, over longer periods of time, keeping treatment simpler and easier on our patients. With these advances come higher quality results as well as efficiency, which makes getting a great result easier and more affordable. At Raleigh Orthodontics we’re always looking for ways to get super results as easy for our patients as possible.

COST OF BRACES or COST OF AN UNHEALTHY MOUTH?

While we know braces are more affordable these days than ever before, let’s consider what proper orthodontic care will save you in terms of avoiding future complications and problems. The social costs of not having an attractive smile have been documented scientifically and are significant. Showing off an unreserved, healthy, beautiful smile when meeting someone sends positive signals of enthusiasm for working with people. Well aligned teeth are easier to keep clean, which helps keep the teeth healthy our whole lives. And a healthy bite promotes health of the teeth by controlling wear and tear on our teeth. So, while the financial cost of braces is significant, the costs of not getting proper orthodontic care are usually much greater by allowing problems to persist.

Every day here at Raleigh Orthodotics, as we see our patients’ beautiful smiles develop, we see their spirits rise and the health of their mouths improve. We know we’re creating healthy, great looking smiles that will last a lifetime. These long term benefits make the cost of braces small compared to the wonderful benefits they produce. We’re happy to make these benefits available to you. Just give us a call at 919-847-6364 and visit us on the web at raleighorthodotics.com . We’ll see you soon!

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Awareness of Lifestyle for Orthodontic Health

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To evaluate the probability of great Orthodontic Health, we need to breakdown the cycle from the time of the accident when the ball is set in motion. The body is affected as a result of the awareness of a condition that will affect the body.

Awareness

Several conditions have manifested themselves as a result of an accident. They are: TMJ, whiplash, and disc displacement. Actions that are now limited as a result of the accident are: jaw motion and muscle tension/relaxation. The longer the decreased mobility and presence of pain the more the feelings head toward a feelings of hopelessness, awareness of pain leads to awareness of anger. Thoughts head toward negative emotions and thoughts with “Why me?” & “I can’t do anything right!”

Remember the statement in a previous blog that said: Sometimes it shows that a negative emotional state gives people a better chance to cope with situations than a positive state. People who seem to be in a positive mood often are more prone to judgmental mistakes. But in a more negative mood they tend to be more correct in their decisions.

Again the longer our conditions exist the longer the effect it has on the patient. Socially the family is affected due to the patient’s health with the lack of ability to perform duties that they are usually responsible for handling, and then negative obstacles’ pop up: strained family relationship for one. Due to the lack of healing of
health problems that are from the accident of the conditions we remain out of work. These problems and more are used as an excuse for missing work.

Our actions that substantiate the negative response to the accident area: substance abuse related to missed work due to pain and abuse of prescription medication. The more pain, the more abuse of meds the more the family dynamics are affected and the patient is under pressure. This is where the clenching of the teeth and tension on muscles increase with more awareness of pain is increased.

After all of our actions start to head toward “Chronic Behavior”, it is not always a good thing. We again break this down into: Feelings-depression and frustration due to the lack of health improvement of our condition. Socially we feel we should get special treatment from friends and family. Actions that place a negative feeling on us are: over use of health and medical services seeking drug therapies, abuse of prescription drugs for pain. Now the final thought is: “I’ll never get better.”

All of the actions, feelings, and results do not help our condition improve. This is where you need to build new skills toward a more positive lifestyle that will support the patient in making those changes. Seek help with your support system to make the changes health changes you need to make and awareness of what you need to. The people from these groups will help you achieve your goals and stay on track. They are: family, friends, and the medical team. What this shows is that a negative attitude can be turned around to a more positive attitude with a little help and guidance by changing our feelings that affect our actions.

Orthodontic Health

For information about Dr. Bert and his practice please contact him by email at this website: Raleigh Orthodontics

If you want more information here is a link for your use:  http://www.americanboardortho.com/public/Orthodontic Health

www.mylifemysmile.org

Feelings and Actions Influence Orthodontic Health

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In the last blog, Social and Physical Influences on Orthodontic Health, we looked at how problems in our physical and social environments can undermine the health of the mind and body.  When such health problems arise it can have negative consequences in our feelings and actions.  Keep in mind that as you seek to have a healthy body, having a bright smile to share with others and great orthodontic health will be a boost to your efforts.

The Mind and Feelings Connection

Health complications and challenges can cause us to feel hopeless, dejected, and misunderstood.  Eventually such feelings will undermine our desire to direct our lifestyle and efforts to improve our orthodontic health. It is very important to guard against such a process in our lives.  When the feeling arises we need to reverse the process by examining our mind and thinking about what our thoughts  have been.  Have they been encouraging of our continued efforts to overcome health challenges?  Or have they fallen into thoughts of limitations yielding to despair.  Have we marshaled help from our family and friends to overcome or have we isolated ourselves, walling off the opportunity to be boosted by those around us who care about us?  The mind is a battlefield of thoughts and when we win the battle our feelings improve.

Importantly, if you’re reluctant to freely socialize and smile because of concern about the looks of your teeth, perhaps this limitation in your orthodontic health is holding back your positive health moves and feelings and actions that can lead to making the changes in your lifestyle that will enhance your health.  Pay attention to this.  Look at the battlefield in your mind for times when you thought your smile was not good enough for something your wanted to do.

The Body and Orthodontic Health

Be aware if you’re stuck in an unhealthy environment or unfavorable personal relationships that can drain your enthusiasm for making healthy lifestyle choices.  Do your lifestyle habits represent giving up on taking responsibility for your lifestyle?  Are you stuck in an unhealthy rut?  Look at what you’ve been doing in the last few months, especially your habits relating to body health: rest, exercise, nutrition, intake of unhealthy substances, etc.  Start with controlling one of these well and you’ll notice how you feel better.  Let this encourage you to take the next step and think with each success you’ll make a profound improvement in the end.

As you make improvement in controlling your social and physical environments a greater level of health will return to your mind and body.  This will positively influence your feelings and actions encouraging you to do even better at taking charge of what’s around you, making personal relationships an encouraging experience and keeping your physical environment one that promotes health.  Your thoughts will be hopeful, your behavior health promoting, and your feelings will be comfortable and joyous as you see a brighter health future for yourself.

Orthodontic Health

The healthy environment you will live in, both body and mind, will encourage you to appreciate the power of a beautiful smile.  If you want to improve the confidence of your smile and react to happiness and joy in your smile without holding back, then improving your orthodontic health will be a rewarding experience for you.  As this happens, you begin to benefit from that bright smile, and learn that just the act of a spontaneous big grin will lift your spirits, give you a hopeful outlook, and empower your health and fulfillment.  That’s the power of a beautiful smile.

We’re here at Raleigh Orthodontics to help you get that beautiful smile and great orthodontic health to enjoy the rest of your life.

For information about Dr. Bert and his practice please contact him by email at this website: Raleigh Orthodontics

If you want more information here is an external link for your use:  http://www.americanboardortho.com/public/Orthodontic Health
www.mylifemysmile.org