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What Are Considered Orthodontic Services?

January 15, 2021


There’s much more to orthodontics than teenagers with metal braces. In fact, many adults benefit from orthodontic services, too. These services can range from clear aligners and retainers to different types of braces. Whatever your age or need, orthodontics can help you achieve better oral health and a beautiful smile. Discover more about the common types of orthodontic services and find one that’s right for you

Different Types of Orthodontic Services

Orthodontics helps realign jaw, teeth, and bite patterns. It can help prevent these issues from arising, as well. Although metal braces are the most well-known, there are actually several options when it comes to orthodontic services. These options include:


Lingual Braces

Metal Braces

The most well-known type of orthodontics services, metal braces are permanently adhered to the teeth with metal brackets and wires. The wires are slowly tightened throughout your treatment by your doctor. Metal braces are a powerful tool that helps with serious teeth misalignment. This is a long-term option that involves treatment for three or more years. Those with metal braces should adhere to strict oral care, including giving up some food and beverages to avoid issues.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are another option for those looking for discreet braces. The ceramic brackets are clear or tooth-colored. It usually takes 18 to 36 months to see improvement in teeth alignment with ceramic braces. Like metal braces, patients should avoid certain foods and drinks that can stain the ceramic brackets.


Posted on January 15th, 2021
Can I get Invisalign at any Ortho Office?

December 21, 2020


About Invisalign

Invisalign clear aligners help straighten teeth over time. They are an alternative orthodontic treatment to metal braces and can be removed when needed. This makes it easier to keep your teeth and gums healthy while maintaining normal cleaning routines. Because of their clear material, they are also a less noticeable option because there are no brackets or wire. Additionally, Invisalign takes less time to straighten your teeth and are more comfortable to wear and eat and sleep with. This orthodontic treatment is an effective and inconspicuous solution for both teenagers and adults.

The Invisalign Process

Invisalign with Your Local Office

Posted on December 21st, 2020
Should I Invest in Invisalign for My Teen?

November 23, 2020


About Invisalign Teen

Invisalign for teens involves a similar process to that of adult aligners. During your first consultation with our doctors, your teen will receive a quick scan of their mouth to render a 3-D model of the teeth and gums. Your doctor will then review possible options and outcomes due to the aligners, including what your teen’s smile will look like after treatment.

Many teens appreciate aligners compared to braces because they are virtually invisible and also removable. Invisalign liners only need to be worn for around 20 hours per day and will rotate through to a new set. They also include space for incoming molars or wisdom teeth; a perfect option for your growing teen.

The many benefits of Invisalign Teen

Invisalign Teen might be just the option for your family. It offers a comfortable treatment option that teens love. If you’re not ready to commit just yet, find out more about the top benefits of Invisalign and why your teen will love their new liners:
  • Invisalign liners are a set of translucent, BPA-free plastic that fit seamlessly in the mouth. Teens love this aligner option because they can still feel confident when showing their teeth or smile. Clear aligners won’t draw attention to themselves, making them a discrete choice for teens.
  • Teens choose Invisalign braces because they are removable and easy to use. Unlike metal braces, they don’t have to worry about food restrictions and can still eat their favorite snacks and food without the worry of trapped food particles. Invisalign liners are also easy to clean since they are removable. Flossing and brushing are just as easy as before and your teen won’t have a problem maintaining their usual cleaning routine.
  • Metal braces are often uncomfortable and take up more room in the mouth. Invisalign Teen is a great option for those looking for a more comfortable, and less stressful, experience. Without brackets causing irritation, cuts, or abrasions, your teen won’t even realize they’re wearing Invisalign braces. These clear aligners are completely customized and fit perfectly to the mouth.
Posted on November 23rd, 2020
How to Prepare Your Teen for Orthodontics

October 23, 2020


Discuss Treatment Options

Discuss What They Should Expect During a Fitting

The first time your teen is having their braces fitted, they might feel nervous. Let them know that this is a very straightforward procedure and that the small brackets are simply glued to their teeth. Then, they will be connected by a thin wire, and have colorful o rings placed on top if they choose.

Purchase Soft Foods

Although having braces fitted shouldn’t be painful, they will put pressure on your teen’s teeth. This may make it a bit uncomfortable to eat, and so it might be easier to eat soft foods. These types of foods might include pasta, rice, potatoes, soup, or yogurt. When foods are cold, they can also soothe a sore mouth. Preparing this ahead of time can be very helpful.

Purchase a Lot of Wax

Share the Benefits of Braces

One or two years may not seem like a long time for an adult, but for teens, it can seem like a very long time. Remember that two years is 50% of their high school life. If you remind them that the benefits will follow them for the rest of their life, it may help to ease the negativity around it.

Listen to All Feelings About Braces

Although braces are a wonderful gift, many teens feel uncomfortable or embarrassed that they need to have braces. If you listen to how they feel regarding the braces, then they may be able to find a way to get over it. If their concerns are that they might be made fun of, remind them that almost everyone has worn, will wear, or is currently wearing braces.

Help With Cleaning

Even if your teen is diligent about brushing their teeth, often their habits might change when it comes to braces. This is because braces require a lot more work. Sometimes special brushes need to be used, and kids do not want to take the time to do this. By helping them with cleaning it can take a bit of pressure off.

Although braces can be a drag, they can be fun too. Contact us today so we can answer all of your questions.
Posted on October 23rd, 2020
How to Care for Invisalign Braces

September 21, 2020


However, Invisalign aligners are very similar to regular braces in that the amount of upkeep is similar. Learn how to properly care for your Invisalign braces with this simple guide.

Brush Teeth and Trays

Just because you're taking care of your teeth with braces, doesn’t mean that you can cut corners on your cleaning routine. In fact, you may experience even more bacteria and buildup while your Invisalign braces are in use. To avoid excess bacteria and dental issues, be sure to thoroughly brush teeth before bed and when you wake up in the morning. It’s also essential to clean your trays at this time, as well. Unseen food particles and bacteria can easily get stuck in your aligner trays and result in cavities if not removed properly.

Rinse After Wear

Another way to care for your Invisalign braces is to rinse them after every wear. If you don't rinse them properly, build up from saliva and plaque is bound to occur. This could also cause a buildup of unwanted bacteria growth and harm the aligner trays. If rinsing isn’t cutting it, try gently brushing your trays with a soft-bristled toothbrush. This can help remove plaque, saliva, and bacteria buildup from the trays, all while protecting the integrity of the aligners. Use clear antibacterial soap only when cleaning. Scented or colored soap could cause discoloration of the trays or a strange taste when you put them in.

Soak Thoroughly

Establish a Routine

Utilizing all of the care methods above, create a cleaning routine that is easy to remember. Establishing a care routine for your Invisalign braces helps keep them in good condition so they’ll do the important job they were meant for. Proper care of Invisalign trays guarantees a quick turnaround for your perfect smile and keeps your teeth healthy.

Add these other care tips into your routine for the ultimate braces care:
  • Schedule ahead with your dentist for regular cleanings and checkups during treatment.
  • Set an alarm each morning and evening so you remember to properly clean your Invisalign trays.
  • Properly prepare for any nights you aren’t at home so you can keep up with your cleaning schedule.
  • Follow all instructions given to you by your dentist to promote a healthy, clean, and straight smile.
Posted on September 21st, 2020
How Do I Know When It's Time for Early Orthodontic Treatment?

August 21, 2020


Orthodontic treatment can help individuals of any age. But in order to prevent oral health problems later in life, it's best to seek out an orthodontist at an early age. Get to know the recommended age range for an early examination as well as signs that someone may need further orthodontic treatment.

Age Range for First Visit

Gaps Between Teeth

Crowded Teeth

When teeth grow too close together, they may overlap or displace one another. This makes it difficult to properly brush and floss, and eventually increases the risk of other dental problems, such as cavities and infections. An orthodontic device can correct the issue, giving your child a better chance at maintaining a healthy mouth.

Mouth Breathing

Breathing through your nose is more advantageous than breathing through your mouth. That's because your nasal breathing moistens and filters air as it heads to your lungs. Habitual mouthing breathing, on the other hand, can have a negative effect on everything from facial development to academic performance.

Mouth breathing may be the result of an anterior open bite. This is when the top and bottom front teeth slant outward and fail to touch when the mouth is closed. An orthodontist can spot this condition and offer ways to correct it early.

Thumb or Finger Sucking

Thumb sucking is a natural reflex. However, if children don't drop the habit over time, it could eventually have a negative effect on oral development. Some of those effects include overbite, speech impediment, or changes to facial development. An orthodontist can assess whether late thumb sucking has altered jaw or tooth growth.

Irregular Loss of Baby Teeth

Children often begin to lose their baby teeth around age 6. Early or late loss may indicate developmental problems. Inform the orthodontist of your child's tooth development, so the specialist can determine whether or not further steps will be necessary to correct the issue.

Early Orthodontic Treatment in Aurora

Posted on August 21st, 2020
What are Clear Ceramic Braces and Will They Work for Me?

July 7, 2020


What Are Ceramic Braces?

Ceramic braces use clear or tooth colored brackets as opposed to the metallic wiring of normal braces. Despite this aesthetic and material difference, they perform the same job and do so rather effectively. They’re an ideal option for anyone concerned that they will feel self conscious while wearing braces and can make the process more comfortable and appealing. But that doesn’t mean they’re right for everybody. As with everything, ceramic braces have their pros and cons.

Why Ceramic Braces May Be Right For You

The biggest benefit of ceramic braces is that they are less visible and obvious than normal braces that use metal wiring. The coloring is more subdued and matches the natural color of teeth. On top of that you do have some options when it comes to picking your colors. While Invisalign is the ideal for those who want teeth alignment without braces, ceramic braces move teeth into alignment much quicker. Another great benefit of ceramic braces is that their lack of metal means they won’t interfere with any imaging tests you need to get during the course you wear them.

Why Ceramic Braces May Not Be Right for You

Posted on July 7th, 2020
What is an ABO Certification?

May 27, 2020


What is the ABO?

The American Board of Orthodontics is the oldest and most respected governing body in the field of orthodontics. It was founded nearly 100 years ago in 1929 and has spent every year since then making sure all professional orthodontists meet their standards and promote progress in the field. A series of tests and evaluation goes into certifying qualifying orthodontists and it can take as long as 10 years to achieve this feat. So a team of board certified orthodontists is nothing to blink at.

What is the Certification Process?

As mentioned above, an orthodontist seeking a certification from the board must first have a graduate level degree in dentistry or orthodontics and have completed a multi-year residency in an accompanying position to qualify. The next step is to complete a written examination, administered by the board, to further explore and evaluate the skills of the orthodontist. After this is completed, a certificate is awarded to the doctor but they must go through the proper renewal process each year to ensure continued competency.

Membership Upkeep

To remain members in good standing and maintain a certificate, an orthodontist must follow the renewal procedures for each period that their certificate expires. Because the board is required to remain financially independent, their budgets each year are boosted by the fees of members and examination fees. In this way, the board can continue to ensure that only the best and most competent dentists are working in the field while maintaining their own function and financial freedom. This also prevents any biases from the board or monetary favors.

How Do I Find a Board Certified Orthodontist?

Posted on May 27th, 2020
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
Using a HSA or FSA to Pay for Braces


Posted on May 21st, 2020
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