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What Are Ceramic Braces?

December 30, 2021


The majority of us are not born with flawless smiles, but we do have the tools and tricks to make those smiles possible. Whether you get braces to correct your bite, straighten your teeth, or increase your comfort, you will find that they can provide a truly unique experience. While most people are well-acquainted with traditional metal braces and invisible braces, ceramic braces are growing in popularity—but not everyone knows that this style of braces is an option. In this article, we will explore what ceramic braces offer so that you can make an informed decision about your oral health.

Ceramic Braces: A Complete Breakdown

If you know what traditional metal braces are, you already have a decent understanding of what ceramic braces are as well. These two kinds of braces are nearly identical, but instead of using metal brackets, your orthodontist will opt to use ceramic brackets instead. This subtle change can have some fairly notable impacts. Let’s find out more.

The Same Great Impact

Though ceramic braces do look different, they offer an identical experience that can provide a perfect smile in the end. Other than the appearance, ceramic braces can offer a completely standard way to correct your teeth, and the experience even follows the same timeline.

A Look You Can Feel Good About

The real perk of ceramic braces is the fact that they offer a much nicer appearance according to most users. A lot of people don’t want the standard metal brackets on their teeth because they don’t like the way that they look. This is considered the typical braces appearance, but ceramic braces can completely blend in with the teeth, allowing a more subtle approach to correcting your teeth.

Minor Price Differences

Given the fact that ceramic braces are made with different materials, a lot of people are worried about the price. In reality, ceramic braces are only slightly more expensive than traditional metal braces. It isn’t the cheapest approach to correction, but for the added benefits, it is a small price to pay.

Added Comfort

Anyone who has had traditional braces knows that it can be quite a battle when it comes to comfort. This is why so many people turn to wax and other solutions to protect their gums, cheeks, and lips. The common consensus is that ceramic braces are more forgiving than metal ones and can provide a more comfortable experience, particularly for those who are in braces for a significant amount of time.

The Takeaway

Posted on December 30th, 2021
Will Insurance Help Pay For Braces?

May 21, 2020


Private insurance can be a very complicated issue, especially as it relates to orthodontic care. In this blog, we’ll try to break it down so that you can best know what your insurance may or may not cover and what to ask when choosing your dental plan at your next open enrollment.
  • Typically, PPOs, if they have orthodontic benefits on the plan, will provide specific lifetime coverage for each of the insureds on the plan. These benefits will also have a percentage limit that the plan will plan for the total charges. This is best explained through a few examples. Let’s say (and this is the most typical coverage we see) that your plan provides $1,500 in orthodontic benefits paid at 50%.  If the negotiated fee for braces is $5,200, the plan would pay $1,500 as long as you have the same insurance throughout the complete time of treatment. If, however, the care you are receiving was limited and so you were only charged $2,800, the plan would only pay $1,400 as this would hit the 50% limit set by the plan. Another example, if your child needed early, phase 1 care and you will billed $2,000 for this treatment, the plan would pay $1,000 of the $1,500 benefit.  If years later you still had the same plan and your child needed phase 2 (comprehensive) care, the plan would only pay the remaining $500 of coverage as the plan’s benefits were stipulated as lifetime benefits.  In any of these cases, as is with nearly all dental insurance, the benefits are paid out to the provider over the course of treatment.  So if you lose coverage at any time during care, some of the charges  you may have expected to be covered by insurance will be shifted back onto your account (you can, of course, provide a new insurance and, if it covers work in progress, it can be billed instead).
  • DHMOs can work much like a PPO, or they can work with co-pays associated with each procedure. If there are co-pays, the provider must calculate your coverage by assessing the difference between the co-pay and the contracted rates for each procedure. Often the number of months your care requires will also drive your coverage as DHMO benefits often involve a monthly care component to this calculation. Again, like a PPO, payments are made over time, so if you lose coverage, you may see charges shifted back to your account.  One of the key benefits, and limitations of a DHMO to you, the insured, have to do with their contracted rates.  Typically, most DMHOs offer greatly reduced contracted fee schedules relative to PPOs.  While this is great for you in you can find an in-network provider that is of high quality (as it forces them to charge you a far lower fee for the service), the issue is that it greatly reduces the number of high-quality providers who are willing to work for these greatly reduced fees.  So yes, you can save a lot of money, but you may have a hard time finding a good and highly reputable doctor who accepts your insurance (they do exist, however—our practice is proof positive of this!). Often there is also the trade-off that while the contracted rates are far more aggressive, the amount paid by the insurance company is often less than the typical PPO plan, so your net out of pocket expense may still be similar.  But again, this can vary greatly and there are exceptions to every point noted here.
Posted on May 21st, 2020
Meet the Doctors at Colorado Orthodontics


Dr. Hilary Nieberg Baskin

For more than 20 years, Dr. Baskin has been fulfilling her dental calling. She strives to help patients of all ages with every orthodontic need. With an impressive roster of education and experience, Dr. Baskin brings a unique perspective to her work.


  • Undergraduate degree completed at Colorado College
  • Dental School Education acquired at University of Nebraska
  • General Practice Residency completed at the Denver VA Medical Center
  • Orthodontic Certificate obtained at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine and New York’s Montefiore Medical Center


Dr. Baskin has completed impressive orthodontic x-ray analysis research. After publication, this research was honored with a Davidson Award - a nomination commonly given to a dental graduate student who exemplifies proficiency and thoroughness in clinical proceedings, as well as concern for the welfare of patients. She founded All About Braces in 2007.


Dr. Baskin stays up-to-date on all orthodontics news and advances because of her numerous memberships to professional orthodontics organizations. These include:
  • The American Dental Association
  • The American Association of Orthodontists
  • The World Federation of Orthodontists
  • The Colorado Dental Association
  • The Metropolitan Denver Dental Society
  • The Rocky Mountain Society of Orthodontists

Dr. David Mershon

A Colorado native, Dr. Mershon has both the education and experience that makes him a premier local orthodontist. He prides himself on fixing any issue you may have and is extremely passionate about his work in the dental field.


  • Undergraduate Degree in Biology with a Chemistry Minor from Loyola University
  • Doctorate in Dental Surgery and Sciences from Marquette University’s School of Dentistry
  • Completion of Orthodontic Program from Marquette University


Dr. Mershon has spoken in many lectures to students of all ages in both public schools and private universities. He excels at treating patients with disabilities and sensory issues and has expertise in the fabrication of crowns, bridges, dentures, and implants.


Dr. Mershon’s participation in various professional organizations allows him to stay current in the world of orthodontics. His many memberships include:
  • The American Dental Association
  • The American Association of Orthodontists
  • The World Federation of Orthodontists
  • The Colorado Dental Association
  • The Metropolitan Denver Dental Society
  • The Rocky Mountain Society of Orthodontists

Dr. Krystal Hoversten

Originally from North Dakota, Dr. Baumgartner is now passionate about helping Denver residents with all their orthodontic needs. She is a recent graduate and likes to stay up-to-date on new orthodontist advancements. When she’s not in the office, you can find her enjoying great Colorado outdoors.


  • Undergraduate Degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks
  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
  • Completed Orthodontic Residency Certificate and Master of Science at Saint Louis University


Dr. Baumgartner has extensive training in many state-of-the-art orthodontist techniques. These include:
  • Soft-tissue lasers
  • Mini-screw implants
  • Cone-beam CT
  • Indirect bonding techniques
  • Invisalign®


  • The American Association of Orthodontists
  • The American Dental Association
  • The Colorado Dental Association
  • The Metropolitan Denver Dental Society

Dr. Shane Hoelz

A Wisconsin native, Dr. Hoelz has practiced in New York City and Colorado. During his time at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, he was a member of the Nordic Ski Team and became an Academic All-American athlete. When he’s not in the office, you can find him hitting the slopes.


  • Undergraduate Degree in Chemistry and Human Biology from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, graduated summa cum laude
  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Orthodontics from Rutgers University


Dr. Hoelz has proven his excellence in his field by becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.


  • The American Association of Orthodontics
  • The Rocky Mountain Society of Orthodontists

Dr. Theresa Shaver


Dr. Shaver works with many organizations, helping to sponsor everything from local events to fundraisers. She is passionate about her work in the Denver community. Additionally, she works with the non-profit Colorado Orthodontic Foundation to bring low-cost dental care to children.
Posted on May 21st, 2020
Welcome to Our Blog

May 20, 2020


Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. Please check back often for weekly updates on fun and exciting events happening at our office, important and interesting information about orthodontics and the dental industry, and the latest news about our practice.

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Posted on May 20th, 2020
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