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New Year, New Dental Benefits

New Year, New Dental Benefits

A new year always brings new opportunities. The start of a new year also brings new dental benefits! Once January rolls around again, your dental benefits renew and you can add improving your dental health to your list of New Year’s resolutions. There are many perks of using your dental benefits, which all revolve around a happy, healthier smile in 2019.

Preventative Care

The benefit of most dental insurance plans is that preventative care like routine cleanings, oral exams, X-rays, fluoride treatments and sealants, are covered without needing to meet a deductible. This is good news if you are wanting to make your pearly-whites a priority in the new year. Preventative care will ensure that you are taking the necessary steps for a healthy smile so you can avoid more costly work if a dental or orthodontic problem were to persist. During these types of appointments, your dentist will also be able to refer you to your nearby orthodontist if they feel like orthodontic work would be the best option for you.

Basic Procedures

Perhaps in the New Year you find yourself needing a filling for a cavity, or maybe a tooth is causing you discomfort and you need an extraction. This type of work is classified as a basic procedure and most insurance policies will cover 70 to 80 percent after meeting your deductible. Coinsurance and copays will also help determine what you pay out of pocket. Additionally, if you require a root canal or treatment for issues like gum disease, your insurance will help you pay for it. If you have a deductible to meet, visiting the dentist for more basic procedures will help you reach that deductible so your insurance can pay any major procedures you may have.

Orthodontic Treatment

To receive coverage for orthodontic treatment like braces, InvisalignⓇ and other corrective solutions, most dental insurance plans or health insurance plans will allow you to add on insurance to cover these costs and make corrective procedures more affordable for you and your family. If you are considering braces for your child or even yourself, talk to your orthodontist in Charlotte, NC about different insurance options and what they recommend to work best for your life and goals.

At Case Orthodontics, we accept many different kinds of dental insurance to help you achieve a healthier smile in 2019. Regardless of what your need is, whether it be Phase 1 orthodontic treatment or Invisalign, talk to our team about your dental insurance options and what dental benefits your plan can give you in 2019. Put your best smile forward!

Should You Consider Braces or Invisalign This Holiday Season?

Should You Consider Braces or Invisalign This Holiday Season?

When it comes to straightening your teeth, two options immediately come to mind: traditional braces or Invisalign. There are many different pros and cons to each, depending on the person. What might work for one person may not necessarily be the right choice for you. If you have had a friend who has had Invisalign and they really enjoyed the treatment plan, it may not mean that you will also have the same experience. Everyone’s teeth are different and therefore treatment options and plans need to be different too. Case Orthodontics offers both types of treatment options and can advise you on which option may be best for you.

Invisalign vs braces

Braces

Braces have come a long way since the uncomfortable experiences of even a decade ago. Today’s braces are less noticeable and feel easier to wear. If you are worried about your braces being very noticeable, you have the option to get braces that are more clear. With braces, you have a bracket attached to each tooth and they are connected by a wire. Braces can be metal, ceramic or a hybrid combination of materials. Throughout treatment, these brackets stay on the teeth but they can be tightened to accommodate the movement of teeth as they straighten. Treatment plans as far as length of time wearing them will be different for different people.

Invisalign

Invisalign may be more logical for your lifestyle or professional life. Invisalign is made of clear, BPA-free plastic, so it is more discreet than metal braces. Additionally, Invisalign is removable so there are virtually no food restrictions! Simply remove the aligners briefly before enjoying your favorite foods! Aside from eating certain foods, you shouldn’t need to remove the aligners that often. It is recommended that the aligners stay in at least 20 hours each day.

Invisalign treatment works by wearing plastic aligners that you get adjusted about every two weeks. They may be more suitable for your lifestyle, but if getting them adjusted every two weeks seems too frequent, having braces may be more accommodating for your schedule as you will likely not be visiting the orthodontist that frequently as your treatment with braces continues.

Alternatively, if you feel like you may be tempted with removing your Invisalign aligners too frequently, a more permanent treatment like braces may be better for you.

No matter what treatment option you choose, both traditional braces and Invisalign will give you straighter teeth and improve your oral health! Consult your local orthodontist before being set on a treatment option. At Case Orthodontics, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, we offer both Invisalign and traditional braces to give you a happier smile this holiday season. Contact us to learn more, or to schedule an appointment.

 

What is Phase 1 Orthodontics?

What is Phase 1 Orthodontics?

What is Phase 1 Orthodontics?

 

Because a healthy smile leads to overall wellness, it’s important to make a habit of taking your child to the dentist at a very young age. Aside from general dental care, it’s also important that your child has an orthodontic appointment by the age of seven. While your child may not have a serious need for braces, getting a check-up at this age will help determine if your child does need orthodontic work in the future, as well as help correct any other issues early on. This early orthodontic work is also known as Phase 1 Orthodontics and can help lead to easier orthodontic work and a healthy smile in the future.

 

Phase 1 Orthodontics or interceptive orthodontics describes the treatment your child receives around the age of eight or nine, while there are still baby teeth present. During Phase 1, jaw growth and alignment is supported and more space is created to allow for erupting teeth to come through. This is sometimes done with spacers, which are bands placed in the mouth to prevent any overcrowding. This helps prevent having teeth to be pulled to make room in the mouth. If the teeth are too crowded, this can cause occasional or frequent headaches, tooth pain, and can lead to tooth decay.

 

Correcting jaw alignment at an early age can prevent things like jaw surgery that may need to be done to make sure that the jaw and teeth are properly aligned. This also helps with correcting bite issues such as an overbite or underbite and can also help with the symmetry of the face. Because the jaw bones are fully fused by around the age of eight, this early evaluation by an orthodontist is essential. If not corrected, overbites and underbites, also called malocclusions, can lead to jaw pain, tooth decay, headaches and Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, which inhibits the movement of the lower jaw.

 

There are several benefits of receiving Phase 1 ortho, which include decreasing the amount of time that your child has to wear braces, among others. If these early steps are completed when the permanent teeth haven’t fully come in yet, getting orthodontic treatment such as braces will be a much easier process. When the teeth are essentially prepped during Phase 1, this can decrease the time that your child will need to wear braces and other orthodontic treatment can be less invasive and less expensive, saving you time and money.

 

Phase 1 orthodontics will give your child an easier and faster process to a more beautiful smile. When it comes to your child’s smile, it’s best to plan ahead.

 

At Case Orthodontics, we offer Phase 1 Orthodontics so your child can receive early interceptive treatment. We additionally offer Phase 2 Orthodontics for your child between the ages of 11 and 15. Because tooth alignment can change at any age, we also offer orthodontic treatment for adults. Schedule an appointment at our Charlotte, North Carolina office for an evaluation and start on your child on their path to a straighter and healthier smile!