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At Raleigh Orthodontics, our team believes that giving is caring. That’s why we invite patients, parents, and the entire community to enter our Give & Get Sweepstakes! Everyone’s invited to have the chance of winning a.. 

$500 shopping spree $500 donation to your favorite charity!

Entering is easy. Simply click HERE and fill out the entry form for your chance to win.

GOOD LUCK!

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! 

www.raleighorthodontics.com

 

 

 

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.