December 12, 2019
With the holidays in full swing we thought we’d compile our list of the top gifts you can give to your kids that will help encourage good oral health all year long.
1. A New Toothbrush – of course this might seem like an obvious choice, but with the wide variety of fun colors and patterns out there it can be a great way to encourage kids to be excited about their nightly routine.
2. Flavored Toothpaste and Floss – if you have trouble motivating your younger family members, or maybe even your older family members, to floss and brush then invest in some fun flavors. Maybe just the idea of trying something new will make the conversation about twice daily brushing less of a fight.
3. Sugar-free Gum – it seems like candy is available in mass quantities during the last quarter of the year. Between Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the plethora of year end celebrations candy jars appear everywhere. Try offering up gum as an alternative. Gum not only encourages saliva production but it might combat the tendency to grab at the sugary stuff.
4. Brightly color toothbrush case – great for traveling or for sleepovers at Grandma’s house, help make sure the new toothbrush they get stays clean in transit. The fun colors are a sure way to make sure it doesn’t get lost too.
5. A Tooth Timer – if you’ve got trouble getting your kids to brush for the right amount of time, try to find a fun time they can use for each brushing session. This will help them keep track and you’ll have peace of mind knowing they’re learning great dental habits.
6. Electric Toothbrush – if there’s someone in your family that can use some extra help in the dental department, investing in a good quality electric toothbrush could be a great option. There are lots of great ones on the market and they can help those who don’t get the right clean from a regular brush. These electric toothbrushes could also be a fun option for your kids to make sure they get clean teeth.
7. Xylitol Products – can’t get your kids to avoid the sugar options. Xylitol is a great alternative to sugar for kids and now it’s available in a range of products from candy, to gum, mints, and it’s even available in some toothpastes.
November 18, 2019
When Dr. Kofler joined our practice almost two years ago, it allowed us to expand our services to include Invisalign or clear braces. If you’ve considered orthodontia as a way to straighten your teeth, close some gaps, or correct a bite and are wondering if you’re a good candidate for clear braces, then check out our website to learn more.
When patients are starting to consider Invisalign there are bound to be questions that come up. Our goal is to provide answers to some of the commonly asked questions we hear, so that you can make an informed decision. Of course, never hesitate to ask at your next check-up appointment or give us a call and schedule a consultation.
While many are familiar with the traditional metal brackets and regular trips to the orthodontist for bands, wires, etc. the idea that many of the same things can be accomplished with a clear retainer can seem a bit impossible.
Invisalign is a great option for anyone who is looking to correct dental issues with a less visible solution. While there is a common misconception that Invisalign can only be used to correct minor issues, and while that was true when it was first introduced, the world of clear braces has come a long way since they first appeared on the market in 1997.
Some of the most common problems that Invisalign is used to treat today include mis-aligned teeth, an underbite – which is characterized when your lower teeth extend out below your upper teeth, and overbite – which is when the upper jaw extends outward and causes a vertical overlap of the teeth, and open bites.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign uses a set of clear plastic aligners to gradually shift your teeth into the desired location. The entire setup happens in three easy steps which we’ve outline for you below.
Step 1: Your dentist or orthodontist will take x-rays, impressions, and pictures of your mouth to provide the best information before utilizing 3D technology to create a digital replica of your mouth.
Step 2: Your dentist will work with the Invisalign team to fine tune every shift in your teeth and create the plan for your smile and each step along the way.
Step 3: Once the plan has been set your doctor can show you your finished smile in 3D before you even start.
Once the final treatment plan is set using all of these advanced technologies, the first set of plastic aligners will be created and sent to you. You’ll receive a new set of aligners every couple of weeks until your treatment plan is completed.
What Does Invisalign Cost?
After our quick review of the ins and outs of Invisalign you’re probably wondering what kind of a investment you’d be looking at for this type of treatment. While providing an exact price is difficult because the treatment for each patient is different, the average price of Invisalign is between $3500 and $5500 depending on the length of treatment and complexity. Don’t let that price tag shock you though as there are several ways that you can have assistance in covering the cost.
Insurance – Many insurance companies cover orthodontia, including Invisalign, as part of their regular dental coverage. If you’re not sure if your insurance plan covers Invisalign you can talk to your insurance provider, ask the benefits provider for your employer, or our administrative team would be happy to assist you in finding this information.
FSA or HSA – flexible savings accounts or health savings accounts allow you to utilize pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible medical, dental, and orthodontic treatments, including Invisalign. If you have one of these accounts through your plan you can utilize this money to help cover the cost of your treatment. If this is an avenue that might work for you, be sure to check with your provider to see if you need to submit for reimbursement or if you can pay the provider directly.
Payment Plans – We understand that the up-front cost of this type of dental treatment might be a bit overwhelming if you’re looking at the full amount. That’s why a great alternative is to set up a payment plan that will allow you to make smaller, incremental payments over the course of your treatment. We accept Care Credit in our office and do offer a few no interest options.
Invisalign can be a great solution for those who are looking to improve their smile, bite, or overall dental health. If you’re interested in more information we’d encourage you to meet with Dr. Kofler, call us at 509-525-7250.
If you’re wondering if you’re eligible for treatment, then try the online assessment from Invisalign.