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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

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!

 

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!

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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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.

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