Month: July 2015

The Experts Explain The Alternatives To Braces

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Orthodontists deserve a pat on the back for alternatives to braces.  Alternatives to braces are jumping outside the brackets and outside the box. Braces provide a traditional method to achieve straight teeth. A patient receives brackets bonded to each tooth. The orthodontist tightens a metal wire inserted into the brackets at monthly office visits. Gradually, the braces straighten the teeth.

Accenting the stainless steel brackets with colored rubber bands offers one improvement for trendy teens. Replacing the stainless with ceramic presents a more inconspicuous look for adults. The alternatives to braces today open even more possibilities.

Invisalign

The brand name for clear plastic teeth aligners is Invisalign. Clear plastic trays fit snuggly over the teeth. The trays are worn for the majority of the day and changed every 2 weeks. A mold of your teeth ensures the proper fit of this custom device.

The Invisalign alternative to braces offers many advantages. Removable trays allow for efficient teeth cleaning. Thorough brushing and flossing is easy to achieve without a threading device. Many patients defer braces because they want something more inconspicuous. Invisalign offers an invisible solution which boosts self confidence during the time of teeth alignment. Your photos in those Instagram shots will look flawless. Food and athletic activities are unrestricted. This option reduces the pain and sensitivity of repositioning the teeth.

Lingual Braces

Can braces pull a disappearing act? With lingual braces, they go incognito. The orthodontist places the brackets on the inner tongue side surface of the teeth. This alternative to braces appeals to vanity but also to function. A saxophone player uses a lingual option without compromising his craft.

Damon System

Of the alternatives to braces, the Damon System looks most similar to the traditional. The key visual difference is no rubber bands: a bacteria and pressure source. Teeth are cleaner and treatment is less painful. The system uses shape memory wires to naturally guide teeth into place. The results of the Damon System are broader smiles with a less flat front profile. Case studies show beautiful wide tooth grins of naturally aligned teeth. This system aims for a uniquely natural result, rather than just a more comfortable process.

Wild Smiles

For the fashion forward patient, brackets are available in shapes that express your style. A quarter back might want footballs. A cheerleader may accessorize with stars. Soon the whole stadium shows off some new charms. Wild Smile bracket quality is consistent with traditional brackets. Wearing braces just becomes much more fun.

Today’s patient should consider their lifestyle but also cost and treatment time. One of these alternatives to braces may be a good fit. Serenity Orthodontics offers each of these options. Visit a local orthodontist for more details and pictures of alternatives to braces.

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Every orthodontist needs to be a good children’s orthodontist. A children’s orthodontist aligns teeth during the optimal age. The bones of an adult fuse and move in a less pliable manner. Consider these factors when searching for the best children’s orthodontist.

Operating hours

Does the orthodontist offer appointments before and after school? Children involved in after school activities like clubs and sports need later evening appointments. Saturday and weekend hours benefit parents with 60 hour work weeks. Children need a chauffeur, so consider the best time for parent and child.

Location

A location near home or school benefits children. A proximal location keeps them from missing extended classes or activities.

Ergonomics

Children’s hospitals exist for a reason. The facilities customize treatment for children. They contain the proper sizes of medical equipment and tools for a child’s body. In the same way, a children’s orthodontist has tools and equipment that fit a child’s mouth. Check the magazines in the waiting room to see if they offer any appropriate for teenagers as your first clue.

Treatment Options

Are there a variety of treatment options? Children benefit from customizable and inconspicuous options. Customizable options put them in control. With choices, they support the treatment plan restrictions more easily. Perhaps an opportunity to change the color of their rubber bands excites them for their next appointment. Inconspicuous options eliminate teasing concerns. Critical peers lose the ability to poke fun at clear aligners. At Serenity Orthodontics, we offer Wild Smiles and Invisalign for teens.

Personality

Is your children’s orthodontist a match for personality? A technical and efficient orthodontist might work great for an adult. Some adults want all the scientific detail or need to rush back to the office for a meeting. A child might prefer a more personable orthodontist that asks about her hobbies. A children’s orthodontist understands the difficulty in maintaining an open jaw position for extended periods and the difference in a child’s pain tolerance. A less aggressive orthodontist offers a plan with less discomfort, albeit a slightly longer treatment timeline, that benefits many children.

Patience is a virtue for a children’s orthodontist. The rules and restrictions of food and gum can be difficult to follow. A patient orthodontist will address slip-ups and understand the new regimen takes time for adjustment. The patience of your children’s orthodontist will come in handy when that piece of peanut brittle breaks a bracket in the first week.

Experience

How many years has the orthodontist been practicing? Two to three years of additional training after dental school should suffice. Before-and-after images help, along with patient testimonials. Your children’s orthodontist should provide references upon request.

Insurance

Your dental insurance plan through your employer most likely covers an orthodontic benefit for your dependents. Check to see whether the orthodontist is within the provider network to control cost.

The American Association of Orthodontics suggests that children be seen for an orthodontic consultation by the age of 7. At that age, the orthodontist can advise of any functional orthodontic problem and when the appropriate timing for treatment is indicated.

Give Serenity Orthodontics an opportunity to be your children’s orthodontist by contacting us.

The Right Time for an Emergency Orthodontist Visit

OrthoEmergency-300x200Is an emergency orthodontist the lead character in your favorite medical show on DVR?  The medical storylines of good television rarely portray an emergency orthodontist. Most medical emergencies that thicken the plot involve high speeds, violence, and a large quantity of blood. Good advice counsels us to avoid a crowded waiting room, patient triage area, IV bags, electric paddles, and lung ventilators with a home remedy available for the issue.

Plan to solve the following orthodontic issues at home:

Soreness As the teeth gradually move, the mouth feels sore. Over-the-counter pain relievers and warm salt water rinses alleviate discomfort. Topical anesthetics from the drugstore work too. Soft tissue abrasion A mouth full of metal sometimes pricks the gums, inner cheeks, and tongue. Orthodontic wax stops a misbehaving wire from aggravating the soft tissues of the mouth. The orthodontist distributes small packets of food grade wax which the patient also picks up from a drugstore. Even the trays used for dental alignment may irritate the gums. A nail file used by the patient smoothes any rough edges on the tray. Lodged foreign debris Braces act like a lint collector around certain foods. At home, threaded dental floss, a toothpick, cotton swabs, and proper brushing techniques work wonders to remove edible artifacts.

The following orthodontic issues warrant an emergency orthodontist visit:

Mouth Trauma The metal in a patient’s mouth makes injury to the area more traumatic. If bleeding does not clot or teeth are loose, the patient needs an emergency orthodontist. Fixed Device Detachment If brackets or wires that are normally fixed become loose, the immediate threats are swallowing, choking, or inhaling the unfastened objects. An emergency orthodontist is needed to address these urgent dangers. The long term risk is the device not working as intended to produce alignment. Therefore, treatment time may be delayed. Unusual Symptoms These symptoms are not on the orthodontist’s home care sheet. Pay attention to these atypical flags. Pro-longed pain several weeks after a visit or sudden movement of teeth signal an abnormality that should be checked by your doctor. Redness, swelling, and rash alert for a possible allergic reaction to the metal in your mouth or the latex used by the doctor. A popping sound from the jaw points to joint misalignment that should be checked, to rule out orthodontic treatment as the cause. Though you may not need a gurney or an ambulance, certain dental issues warrant an emergency orthodontist. Exercise caution during treatment and follow home care instructions carefully. Pay attention to changes in your mouth during treatment and alert your doctor as appropriate. Homegrown Orthodontics in Jonesboro, Georgia advises patients on home care and provides professional care when you need it. Visit us to make the right choice in an emergency orthodontist.

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Let’s countdown the top three benefits of teeth straightening.

#3 is Appearance

Teeth straightening gives an aesthetically pleasing result to the owner of the smile and to others. People confident in their smile are confident in their lives. They achieve more professionally and pursue their goals. Smiling projects a positive vibe and helps make friends. Those with a good social network tend to be happier and healthier. They even live longer. The self esteem boost from improved appearance after teeth straightening lasts much longer than the treatment. Your smile will last a lifetime. Our world of photos on social media offers us a constant reminder to maintain our appearance. The ideal images that bombard us often feature perfectly straight teeth. Everyone wants to look her best. One of the first attributes people notice when they meet you and talk to you is your teeth. Make a good impression.

#2 is Function

Are you comfortable in your own skin? How about being comfortable in your own teeth? Teeth straightening facilitates the functions performed by our mouths. Aligned teeth make it easier to chew. The owner of straight teeth has no dietary concerns due to his teeth. Biting into a crunchy apple is both healthy and satisfying. Snacking on popcorn is a movie must. No foods are off limits with aligned pearly whites. Besides the tongue and shape of your lips, the teeth impact pronunciation. Misaligned teeth hinder gossip with your friends or presenting orally in front of a large audience. In particular, the front teeth impact the way we say the letters “t”, “s”, and “th.” Express yourself naturally and clearly with straight teeth.

#1 is Health

Teeth straightening impacts dental health. A patient cleans aligned teeth easier. We know the dentist wants us to brush and floss twice a day. Proper flossing targets the area between each tooth, threads the floss up and down around the sides of each tooth, and massages the arches of the gums gently. Less healthy gums result when a person cannot perform this ideal cleaning motion due to misaligned teeth. The outcome of teeth straightening places neighboring teeth and the soft tissues of the mouth in a safe environment. Crooked and misaligned teeth might be dangerous for a restless sleeper. Grinding of the crooked teeth may cause more damage. An athlete with protruding front teeth is more susceptible to injury from a ball or fall. Uneven teeth may lead to biting of the inner cheeks and tongue during vigorous activities. At Serenity Orthodontics, we witness the benefits of an aligned smile daily and love seeing pictures of our happy patients. Visit us! Homegrown Orthodontics in Jonesboro, GA.

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The multiple choice test is here. What is orthodontics? How will you score?

Question: What is Orthodontics?

Answer A) A Word

If it sounds Greek to you, you are on the right track. In Greek, “Orthos” means straight or proper. “Dontos” means teeth. The Greek root of the word orthodontics provides us a great clue.

Answer B) A Specialty

Doctors that continue education in their practice and emphasize in a particular area often receive a new name for their specialty. A typical educational path of an orthodontist might look like this: obtain an undergraduate degree, complete dental school, finish post-graduate training as an orthodontist. The post-graduate training lasts 2 – 4 additional years. It includes residency and real-world experience at clinics and medical offices.

The additional education makes them experts in the study and treatment of improper bites. In fact, orthodontics is the first dental specialty. A dentist fights plaque on the teeth. An orthodontist fights bad alignment of the teeth.

Answer C) A Bite Treatment

A visit to the dentist twice a year is an appointment most of us keep. This commitment to your mouth is admirable, but is it enough? Good dental health requires not only clean teeth and disease free gums but also a proper bite.

The bottom and top teeth meet in the middle to form the bite. A stable bite maintains an acceptable jaw range of motion and alignment of teeth during chewing, speaking, and sleeping. An orthodontist assesses the bite of a patient and recommends appropriate treatment options.

Answer D) Cosmetic and Functional Dentistry

Most dental insurance providers offer a lifetime benefit to the patient for orthodontics. Removing spaces between teeth and straightening crooked teeth are more cosmetic treatments in orthodontics. Addressing an overbite (when the top teeth are too far forward over the lower) or an open bite (when the top and bottom teeth do not touch upon closing) are less cosmetic and more functional treatments in orthodontics. Therefore, orthodontics treats both cosmetic and functional dental abnormalities, often both at the same time.

Answer E) A Diverse Field

The practice of orthodontics includes traditional methods to align the bite like braces and more modern methods like removable aligners. Orthodontic patients are all ages from teenagers to adults. Some bite conditions treated by an orthodontist are genetic. Others are environmental or the result of trauma to the mouth. Orthodontic treatment may occur during a short time period or extend a longer time past the more aggressive treatment of a condition. A patient may be required to wear an orthodontic device in maintenance mode. For example, a patient transitions from braces to a retainer worn at night to maintain teeth alignment.

Answer F) All of the Above

F is the best answer. Besides “what is orthodontics,” answers to more of your questions are available now at Homgrown Orthodontics, 405 Arrowhead Blvd. Jonesboro, GA 30236.

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An orthodontist provides a unique kind of therapy to improve your self esteem.  Though teeth clearly serve a functional role in our lives, an orthodontist never ignores their aesthetic role. Addressing both the functional and aesthetic roles of teeth achieves the best patient outcome. Improving the smile is an external change with dramatic internal consequences. What can both a therapist and orthodontist achieve for the patient? Patients of all ages consistently report a significant boost to their self esteem after bite and teeth alignment.

1.  Functional bite alignment

The human bite is defined as the way teeth fit together. A functional bite makes chewing and swallowing comfortable. The action of eating is safe for the rest of the teeth and the other soft tissues in the mouth. Patients no longer fear social situations that involve eating in front of others. Almost every gathering with family and friends, all holidays and special occasions, includes a tradition of food. What would Thanksgiving be without turkey and stuffing? How about having a Fourth of July barbeque with no hamburgers and corn on the cob?

An orthodontist can help achieve a comfortable bite, which allows you to enjoy the events in your life, along with the snacks and refreshments, without worrying about the act of chewing. A proper bite impacts speech and pronunciation. It allows for easy conversation with other guests. In our often loud and always food-focused culture, patients enjoy more moments with others rather than missing opportunities to connect.

2.  Aesthetic smile appearance

Unlike a favorite handbag, a flashy necklace, or a trendy scarf; our smile is an accessory we never take off. A confident smile conveys friendliness to your new acquaintance, happiness to someone you love, and collaboration to your interviewer for a new job. An aesthetically pleasing grin is always sexy when you are searching for your soul-mate. A positive smile conveys a team player attitude that might score you the job.

A full smile lights up a room and a photograph. The owner of straight teeth proudly grins when happy and laughs when teased. Any therapist counsels us to appropriately display our emotions. Smiling should be second nature. At Homegrown Orthodontics, we leave the owner of every smile content with the appearance of her teeth. Everyone should smile without restraint.

Both adults and children may benefit from the professional help of an orthodontist. The reward for temporary treatment is a permanent self esteem boost from Serenity Orthodontics.

Consult your Jonesboro Orthodontist at Homegrown Orthodontics about ways to improve your self esteem today. The journey is worth the reward.

cost-of-invisalign

It’s not a matter of apples vs. oranges when you compare the cost of Invisalign to traditional braces. As a newer treatment option with cosmetically pleasing perks, many patients assume the cost of Invisalign will be more than traditional stainless steel braces. The clear plastic trays of Invisalign treatment offer not only a similar cost to metal braces but also similar alignment results.

Here are some surprising similarities:

Frequency of orthodontic visits

In general, patients treated with braces and Invisalign visit the orthodontist in Jonesboro, Georgia no more than once a month. The orthodontist tightens braces during this visit while the Invisalign patient receives a new set of tighter aligners. Patients switch aligners every two weeks with Invisalign but only see the doctor every six weeks.

For both cases, the treatment initiates with an accurate scope of the mouth via a combination of x-rays, photos, or impressions. Both require a longer time for the initial appointments. Braces need an initial placement visit while Invisalign calls for impressions of the mouth. In each case, the patient adjusts to the standards of treatment and learns proper home care.

Treatment length depends on the patient

An average cost is an average cost for both treatments. For more challenging cases, braces require a longer treatment time and Invisalign entails a great number of different aligners during treatment. The complexity of your case and your treatment goals impact cost in both scenarios.

Insurance coverage

Insurance providers are expected to provide reimbursement for teeth alignment regardless of the method. Both braces and Invisalign are treatments likely covered to the same extent. Ask your orthodontist about financing to cover the cost of Invisalign.

Either your orthodontist or your insurance provider can answer questions about coverage. A flexible savings account offers a no-tax way to finance your treatment in both scenarios. For teens, replacement aligners may be available for a reduced fee or a certain quantity entirely free of charge.

Similar dental alignment benefits

What kinds of results can you get? Good candidates for both options achieve similar results. An aligned smile benefits the patient cosmetically. The functional and health benefits are not trivial.

Optimal chewing, speaking, jaw position, and cleaning benefits are expected in both cases. Bacteria cause tooth decay and gum disease. Aligned teeth allow for plaque removal and eliminate the risk of wear or injury from misalignment.

If the treatments are similar in these ways, why choose Invisalign over braces? Patients with cosmetic concerns or compromised gum health benefit from Invisalign. The practically invisible trays remove for efficient cleaning. Expect no stains on teeth treated with Invisalign, which lowers the overall treatment cost. Invisalign permits patients to eat all the crunchy foods they enjoy.

You can learn more about Invisalign on the Homegrown Orthodontics website.

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Reputable dental alignment professionals offer an orthodontist free consultation. The appointment is a no pressure environment to share information beneficial to dental health. The meeting allows a patient to window shop without the fear of commitment. With medical doctors becoming busier and medical procedures more expensive, the service is a great value in healthcare today.

Here are three reasons to schedule a free consult with an orthodontist:

1: Expert answers are hard to find on Google.

A savvy patient arrives at a consultation appointment with an orthodontist armed with a list of questions. Here are some great inquiries to get started:

• What treatments might benefit me?
• What are the treatment alternatives?
• Am I a good candidate for one of the alternatives?
• How long is the treatment period?
• What is the frequency of appointments?
• What are your office hours?
• Will long-term maintenance be required?
• What is the cost?
• Do you offer payment plans?
• Is my insurance plan accepted?
• Will I need to miss any days from school or work?
• How long before I resume all normal activities?
• How will my eating or sleeping patterns be impacted?

You’ll get reliable information tailored to your unique circumstances. No more filtering the web for precise answers from an accurate authority.

2: No cost, no pressure.

The consultation is free – no money out of pocket, no bill to the insurance… just free. Your only investment is time, and you can schedule your consultation at a time that works for your schedule.

The doctor also invests time in your health. A reputable orthodontist never sells or pushes a patient. Instead, the doctor offers information with no obligation to commit to a treatment. Answers to financial questions about treatment allow the patient to comparison shop. Gauge finances, comfort level with the doctor, proximity of the office, and the right time for a treatment in your life at no cost.

3: Your consult is the first step toward a healthier mouth.

Take a proactive role in dental health. An aligned smile and comfortable bite benefits you no matter what you’re doing: sleeping, eating, smiling, working, talking, and more.

You might have an a dental alignment issue that prompts you to seek a consultation, and we’ll definitely discuss any issues you believe are marring your smile. But you may be surprised to know that most patients have other dental issues as well. The great news is that often, a single treatment program takes care of more than a single orthodontic issue.

The treatment recommended may treat function and appearance simultaneously. Maybe all you’ll notice is how happy you are with your new smile – but your health will also benefit from overbite alignment for more functional chewing. Or, maybe you’re ready to straighten your crooked front teeth with a cosmetic alignment. Not only will you have a straighter smile, leading to more social confidence but it will also be easier to clean your teeth.

You can even schedule your free orthodontist consultation online with Homegrown Orthodontics in Jonesboro, Georgia.

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Consider the orthodontist braces cost before moving forward with a treatment plan. The total cost includes not only the physical braces but also orthodontist office visits, x-rays, plaster molds, and retainer fees. Factors impacting overall cost are listed below.

Starting state of a patient’s mouth

If your teenager needs a simple overbite alignment, expect to pay less. A pre-treatment consultation may identify your child needs dental work prior to treatment. If the work extends beyond deep cleaning at a dentist, the cost goes up. Some patients need a tooth extraction to prevent overcrowding and prepare the mouth for dental alignment.

Braces type

Stainless steel is most common; other types to consider are ceramic and lingual. The less common types require a bigger investment but offer a better fit for some patients. For patients allergic to metal, the choice is clear.

Mid-treatment variability

Most patients require a single office visit per month to support continuous alignment of the teeth. At this visit, the orthodontist tightens the braces. Certain types of braces mandate more frequent office visits. In addition, different sets of teeth move at varying speeds. All patients have unique bone structures. If the patient experiences delayed progress, her treatment may call for more frequent or longer duration visits.

Retainers

At the end of treatment, many patients require a retainer. Some patients wear a retainer during the day and others only at night. Patients who take care not to lose a retainer require only one.

Insurance

Many insurance companies cover a lifetime benefit to cover orthodontist braces cost. Your responsibility covers a portion of the treatment with copayments. Some companies restrict cosmetic only treatments. Fortunately, the cosmetic plus functional nature of orthodontia reminds insurance providers of a treatment’s medical necessity.

Financing options

An understanding doctor offers patients financing options for orthodontist braces cost. Those without adequate savings to cover a lump fee choose a financing option. Expect to pay zero interest in a financing plan for your treatment at Serenity Orthodontics.

Your hometown

Rural areas differ from a big city. Within a city, the patient who negotiates and compares finds differences between doctors in orthodontist braces cost. Certain doctors pay more in overhead for office space and staff. Discuss cost concerns with your orthodontist to achieve the best rate in your area.

Besides the initial cost of braces, consider your cost avoidance. Aligned teeth are easier and less expensive to care for, so you’ll be able to reach everywhere you need to floss. Fewer cavities and less plaque lead to smaller dental bills in the future. Consider the self confidence arising from an aligned smile to be priceless.

Homegrown Orthodontics in Jonesboro Georgia never wants cost to get between you and a beautiful smile. Visit our website to learn about financing options to cover orthodontist braces cost.

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Details of orthodontist offices provide clues about the level of care you can expect. The physical environment implies the type of orthodontist practicing there. A smile that looks good often comes from orthodontist offices with the positive indicators below.

The number of doctors may indicate the level of personal attention you’ll receive.

Smaller offices with one orthodontist may be preferable. A smaller office may still house multiple administrators to handle financing, billing, scheduling, and check-in. A single orthodontist guarantees the same doctor will handle your entire treatment.

An orthodontist familiar with your mouth offers custom treatment for you and quickly spots any changes from the norm in your case. As your treatment progresses, big decisions about your mouth are made between you and a doctor with whom you have history. A holistic view is preferable in healthcare. Your allergy to latex gloves and desire for alternating colors for the rubber bands of your braces are important personal details a familiar doctor will recognize.

A convenient location signifies customer commitment.

A location in a safe neighborhood is a no brainer. A central location with proximity to homes, schools, and offices means the doctor considered the customer in selecting a commercial space. Ample free parking is another perk to get you in and out of orthodontist offices on time and with ease.

A well-maintained waiting area suggests an organized office.

Magazines suited to the audience and clean bathrooms are not trivial in orthodontist offices. These factors imply overall attention to detail. A meticulous waiting area signals reliability. Appointment timing, accurate patient records, and no hiccups in billing your insurance are expected. A patient’s life is always easier when an organized office contacts them the prior day to confirm via a phone call, text, or email. Nothing is worse than showing up for an appointment when you weren’t expected or missing an appointment because you forgot all about it and had no reminder.

Items hanging on the wall show knowledge and experience.

Diplomas, certificates, awards, and testimonials on display show your orthodontist has book smarts, continuing education credits, and satisfied patients. The services of a certified orthodontist are likely to be covered by your insurance. Up-to-date credentials means the orthodontist offers the latest in alternative and innovative treatments. Treatments like Invisalign were not always part of the curriculum. Orthodontists with continuing education credits learn and implement the latest innovative treatments in their practices.

Testimonials and smiling patient pictures demonstrate experience and happy customers. It’s likely your case will join the endorsements. References will also be available to understand the treatment experience.

Get the scoop on the team at Homegrown Orthodontics in Jonesboro, Georgia before you call for a consultation.