Dental Insurance & Braces – What You Need To Know

Achieving (and maintaining) tip-top oral health is a significant investment. It’s rare for major medical insurance plans to feature dental coverage, and those that do will surely find a way to work the cost into your premiums. If you’re reading this post, you’re probably wondering if braces can be covered by dental insurance.

Dental coverage is typically purchased as a supplemental plan, and it can provide great value to those who want to keep their smiles shining throughout the year. Unfortunately, one major expense that varies greatly from policy to policy are braces and orthodontics. When it comes to investing in braces, you need to closely examine your dental insurance coverage to determine whether or not braces are a viable option.

Woman with braces covered by dental insurance

What Is Dental Insurance?

Dental insurance is a type of supplemental insurance that generally covers a portion of preventative care, fillings, crowns, root canals, and oral surgery. Depending on your policy, it may also include limited coverage for orthodontics, periodontics, and prosthodontics. You can opt into dental insurance as a standalone policy through your employer, but you can’t buy a Health Insurance Marketplace dental plan without purchasing a health plan at the same time (excluding some particular cases). There are no penalties for not purchasing dental insurance.

How Does Dental Insurance Work?

Once you have opted into a dental insurance policy, you can take advantage of all the benefits your coverage provides. If you believe that you will need to purchase braces, you should start by researching the cost of orthodontics under your policy. Many plans don’t cover orthodontic treatments for adults but feature partial coverage for children under the age of 18. You may need to purchase orthodontic insurance in addition to dental insurance if you want coverage for braces.

Insurance companies are required by law to offer you ACA-compliant dental insurance if you are purchasing health insurance and have children under the age of 18. Just remember that the choice to purchase is entirely optional. It’s also worth noting that the ACA doesn’t exact tax penalties against parents who don’t provide dental coverage for their children. If you do, you can usually count on your plan to cover the entire cost of topical fluoride, sealants, and preventive dental care for your children. Before we move on, let’s break down dental insurance into its main components:

  • Premium: your monthly payment
  • Deductible: out-of-pocket costs for services to get you in the door before your insurance kicks in
  • Coinsurance: the percentage of covered expenses you pay after your deductible is paid off
  • Copay: some dental plans charge a fixed price for certain services

Does Medicaid Cover Braces?

If you qualify for Medicaid, you may be able to get coverage for your child’s braces if a medical professional determines that they are medically necessary. Before you purchase braces, make you sure you find out what percentage of the cost will be covered and how it will affect your lifetime maximum. Remember that your child will no longer be eligible for this benefit after the age of 21.

Are Braces Tax Deductible?

Here comes that word again — “medically necessary” — you’ll find that this distinction has a significant effect on the cost of braces. This time around, we’re not discussing whether or not Medicaid will cover the cost of braces, but whether or not braces are tax-deductible. If your insurance plan deems your braces to be medically necessary, costs associated with dental care are tax-deductible…with conditions. The cost has to reach a certain level to permit a deduction, 7.5% of your adjusted gross income. You’ll have to keep thorough records, including receipts for co-pays and check-ups, to ensure that you can verify your eligibility.

Are There Other Financing Plans Available For Braces?

If you’re looking for a way to help ease the financial burden of braces to make it more manageable for you and your family, a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) can help you cover the cost of certain aspects of your child’s orthodontic treatment. If deemed medically necessary, the installation, maintenance, and removal of your child’s braces can be funded through these financing plans.

Are There Cheaper Options Available? Check Out Our Impressions Invisible Aligners

On average, braces cost anywhere from $5,000 to $7,000. Our pricing at BRO is based on each patient, but this can still be difficult to afford. Fortunately, children have access to some great insurance benefits to help them correct their smiles. Adults, on the other hand, aren’t so fortunate.

Of course…there are cheaper options available for adults. A better way to achieve a sterling smile without regular visits to the orthodontist and excessive maintenance. A clear aligner that can straighten your smile while helping you look your best all year round — for nearly half the cost of Invisalign. We’ve got just what you’re looking for: Impressions!

Impressions is an invisible aligner based on the Invisalign system that allows you to straighten your smile from the comfort of your home. Impressions doesn’t attach to your teeth, but they’re molded to fit snugly for ease of use.

Impressions can help treat overbite, underbite, crowding, and spacing.

Best of all, there’s no monthly check-in appointments, just a single initial scan using 3D iTero technology and a mid-p0int check-in. Impressions was created by Luke Roberts, D.M.D., M.S.D., for patients looking for a more affordable way to achieve the same great results as braces without the commitment. Call us today at (828) 585-6045 or fill out our form to request an appointment. We would be happy to walk you through what to expect from your Impressions consultation at the ImpressionsHub in Asheville.

Best Way To Whiten Teeth After Braces

The feeling you have after getting your braces removed is one of a kind. It’s such a relief knowing that treatment is over and your teeth have moved into proper alignment. You finally have the smile you’ve always wanted, plus it’s hard to beat that feeling of smooth teeth after your brackets have been removed.

Unfortunately, some people get their braces off and are distressed by the color of their teeth. If this is something that you are concerned about, there’s no reason to stress! BRO offers a safe and easy way to get your teeth whitened after braces.

Person getting teeth whitened after braces in Asheville

Why Teeth May Yellow With Braces On

Stained and yellowed teeth after braces is very much the norm among both adolescent and adult patients. Braces, whether ceramic or traditional, are not the root cause of discoloration, but poor hygiene by the wearer of the braces can lead to yellowing and stains. This has to do with how that person cared for their teeth while they were getting treatment. Difficulty brushing, snacking, and flossing all affect how poorly or how well a person with braces takes care of their teeth, which in turn necessitates whitening after the braces have been removed.

Plaque & Tartar

A common cause of stains on teeth is the accumulation of plaque in the crevices of the teeth. Plaque is a colorless, tacky film that forms on teeth from consuming food and drink. When combined with sugars, plaque creates acids that pull the minerals from the teeth. This changes the way light reflects off the surface of the tooth. Sometimes this produces unusual white spots on the teeth.

Plaque carries an increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay, especially if you have braces.

When plaque hardens, it becomes tartar. This is a crusty deposit that can form in as little as 24 hours (if not brushed). Yellow and brown stains are often caused by tartar, and it can make the removal of newly formed plaque more difficult. Only a dental professional can remove tartar buildup.

Braces’ Effect on Oral Hygiene

Plaque and tartar are the main causes of tooth discoloration, and the only way to prevent that is by practicing good oral hygiene. People with braces should be sure to rinse and brush after every meal, as well as floss at least twice a day.

Braces do make cleaning your teeth a little trickier, but fortunately our team has all the tips and tricks you need.  You’ll need to learn how to brush around the brackets and wires at first and flossing will take a little more time, but inadequate flossing and brushing leaves food remnants that lead to plaque buildup.

Consider scheduling a professional cleaning at BRO. This service is available at our clinics in Asheville and Hendersonville. You can count on a professional to use the right tools and techniques to get to and clean hard to reach places between the wires and brackets that make up your braces.

Foods That Increase Yellowing

Watching what you eat and drink is one of the easiest ways to take care of your teeth, including their whiteness. Tea, coffee, soda, wine, and dark juices can all stain your teeth and eventually lead to discoloration. Even soy sauce can stain teeth. Starchy, sugary, or acidic foods promote the growth of bacteria, which can begin to demineralize your teeth, such as pickles, cranberries, tomato sauce, and more.

Whitening Teeth After Braces

Stains on teeth can easily make a person feel insecure. You can whiten your teeth at home with a whitening toothpaste, which may be enough to remove some surface stains. Whitening toothpastes have fluoride, which strengthens enamel, as well as chemicals or polishing agents that specialize in removing stains.

You can also do an at-home whitening treatment. Whitening gel is one product that many dentists agree work well, but you often need custom whitening trays to use this product. Whitestrips, especially those made by Crest, have been very popular, and dentists agree that they are effective.

Whitening teeth is also a common dental service. It’s also very safe. When you come in for a whitening, you’ll be assisted by one of our dental hygienists, who will whiten your teeth with a professional-grade solution. These materials will be placed on your teeth and set with ultraviolet light. After about 20-60 minutes, or once you’ve achieved the white shade that you desire, you’ll be all set!

It’s always recommended that you get your teeth whitened after having braces instead of before, as having them whitened before can result in uneven shades on the surface of your teeth. One of the most common reasons that people get braces is to fix crooked teeth, which often overlap. If you’ve just whitened your teeth before getting braces, the whitening agent might not have been able to reach some of the areas of the teeth, which will result in a patchy look.

Why You Should Wait 6 Months

We suggest that all of our patients wait six months after getting their braces removed to whiten teeth. Wearing braces can cause teeth to feel weaker for a period of time, so giving yourself a while to adjust will make whitening more comfortable. It;s also often the case that a person’s saliva is enough to reduce the intense discoloration they found after getting their braces removed. It’s best to wait for six months and see what happens before going in for a whitening.

It is also recommended that any teeth whitening be performed by a dental professional for the best results. Professional teeth whitening is not only more effective than at-home options, but dental professionals are capable of spotting signs of demineralization or gum disease.

Every person should finish their braces treatment feeling fabulous about their new smile. If some discoloration or staining is making you frown, contact us to set up a whitening appointment.

Step by Step Guide to Invisalign Cleaning Crystals

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “Invisalign cleaning crystals”? If you ask us, they sound dazzling, perhaps even a bit mystical!

Okay, okay…. in reality, cleaning crystals may not be as mystical as they sound, but they can be a part of getting the dazzling smile of your dreams. Here are some important things you should know.

The Best Invisalign Provider in Western North Carolina

If you are reading this, chances are that you already know a thing or two about Invisalign. Perhaps you are currently working on achieving the smile you’ve always wanted, or maybe your children are using the Invisalign® system.

Invisalign® offers a discreet and efficient way of straightening your teeth and achieving a new level of confidence. Blue Ridge Orthodontics is proud to be among the top 1% of Invisalign® providers in North America for the second consecutive year, and are the first office in Western North Carolina to earn this honor. Not only are we a VIP partner with Invisalign, but if you’re interested, our exciting Impressions option can bring the trusted Invisalign® system to an at-home treatment approach (after the initial in-person visit).

How Do I Use Invisalign Cleaning Crystals?

Without further ado, let’s dive in!

In order to clean your Invisalign Cleaning Crystals, just follow the easy steps below:

  1. Pre-rinse your aligner under lukewarm―not hot!―running water to remove pieces of debris.
  2. Take your Invisalign cleaning tub (a small clean cup will work too) with enough lukewarm water to fully submerge your aligners.
  3. Open a packet of Invisalign cleaning crystals into the tub or cup.
  4. Place the aligners into the solution
  5. Soak your aligners for approximately fifteen minutes
  6. Remove the aligners
  7. Give them a post-rinse with more lukewarm water
  8. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and run the bristles under tap water
  9. Gently scrub the aligner on each side to remove leftover particles
  10. Give your aligners a final rinse
  11. They are now ready to wear!

Alternatives to Using Invisalign Cleaning Crystals

There are a variety of alternatives to using cleaning crystals; however, some of them have a few drawbacks.

  1. Mouthwash – Many people try to clean their aligners with mouthwash, but this can present a problem when it comes to getting rid of plaque and leftover food debris. While mouthwash can still clean the bacteria on your aligner, it may also stain them.
  2. Homemade Cleaning Solutions – Did you know that you can mix hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, or bleach with water as a cleaning solution? If you choose to do this, make sure to mix the proper ratio and exercise precautions.
  3. Soft-Bristled Toothbrush – When in a pinch, some may be tempted to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. However, this means you could actually scratch the surface of the aligner. The same is true of any other type of abrasive cleaners. These scratches can prove problematic because they actually create new places for bacteria to hide. If you do try this approach, make sure to NOT use a whitening toothpaste.
  4. Commercially Prepared Products – Products like SonicBrite or Retainer Brite can help kill bacteria and remove the stains. These are generally the best alternative cleaning method!

Be careful when it comes to cleaning your aligners. Not all of these options are ideal, which is why products like Invisalign Cleaning Crystals are made specifically for your aligners!

Clean, Mean, Straightening Machine

Your aligners are your ticket to straight, stunning teeth! Much like your teeth, aligners can show plaque and begin to stain. In order to provide the optimal experience, they should be cared for properly.

Any questions about Invisalign Cleaning Crystals? How about Invisalign itself? Perhaps it’s Impressions you’re interested in?

If you would like to know more, please give us a call at (828) 585-6045 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to speaking with you!

7 Foods To Eat After Your Oral Surgery in Asheville

If you are coming in for oral surgery in Asheville, it can be helpful to have some information about what to expect. One question that many of our patients at BRO have is “what can I eat after oral surgery?” This is a very good question as you will need to make some adjustments to your eating habits after having impacted teeth removed.

For anyone who is coming to Blue Ridge Orthodontics for oral surgery (or anywhere else), we have compiled a comprehensive list of foods that are safe to eat after your procedure. Keep in mind that you will get more specific instructions from after your surgery and some procedures may require patients to stay on a liquid diet for the first few days.

Person picks tomato soup to eat after oral surgery

Proper Nutrition is Very Important After Oral Surgery

If you have wisdom teeth that have come in at an odd angle, this is called an impacted tooth. Your dentist has undoubtedly taken note and informed you that impacted wisdom teeth can cause significant problems if left alone. This is the reason why many in Asheville end up coming to BRO for oral surgery.

After impacted wisdom teeth are removed, getting the proper nutrition becomes a concern. Your mouth is going to be in serious recovery mode and chewing on your favorite foods probably won’t seem very appetizing. By reading this post, you will get a clear idea of what is safe to eat and what will provide you with the right nutrition and expedite the healing process.

Recommended foods following oral surgery are going to be soft and easy to chew. That probably doesn’t come as a surprise, but you also shouldn’t take this as an excuse to subsist on milkshakes for a week. This may be a childhood dream, but you need to work in foods that are high in minerals, vitamins and energy boosting protein. These are the keys to a speedy and complete recovery after your procedure in Asheville.

Here are foods we highly recommend you eat after oral surgery.

1) Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is a great food to stock up on if you’re getting oral surgery. It’s healthy, high in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals (an excellent source of zinc and calcium)! On top of that, the smooth and creamy texture of Greek yogurt can be very soothing to your recovering mouth.

Studies have shown that high protein foods like yogurt can speed up the recovery process. In fact, these studies also linked low-protein diets to slower rates of healing. So please make sure you are getting plenty of healthy protein in your diet after having oral surgery.

2) Blended Soups

Are you a fan of tomato soup and grilled cheese? Well, classic blended soups like pumpkin and tomato soups are highly recommended food options after your procedure. They’re great to eat, because they don’t contain any solid foods and it should be easy to find blended soups that are rich in minerals and vitamins.

These make for an excellent lunch option that will help you meet the recommended daily nutrition levels after your oral surgery. Unfortunately, most whole fruits and vegetables will be too irritating to consume while your mouth is recovering. Blended soups can also help to keep your body hydrated!

Just be careful to avoid consuming soup that is piping hot! This can be extremely irritating and even damaging. We recommend consuming your blended soup at a lukewarm or even cold temperature. Here are 21 blended soups that are delicious when served cold!

3) Mashed Potatoes

Here’s another classic staple that makes for a perfect food to eat after you have gotten impacted wisdom teeth removed. The potato is a spectacular root vegetable that can be prepared in many, many delicious ways!

We recommend serving them up mashed while you are recovering from your surgery. It will make for a comfortable meal that is also rich in needed nutrients and calories. Please note that your body is going to require a little more energy than normal after oral surgery.

With the right mashed potatoes, you are able to get significant energy in just a few bites. This is super important, as you will be eating less than normal during the recovery process. We also recommend eating your mashed potatoes lukewarm or cold.

4) Scrambled Eggs

Eggs are a great source of protein and this makes them one of the best things to eat after oral surgery (unless you are vegan of course). A plate of scrambled eggs will provide abundant protein, vitamins and minerals.

If you aren’t one who buys eggs often, we recommend looking for pasteurized or omega-3 enriched varieties. Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids can aid in the healing process.

This may not be your favorite way to prepare eggs, but scrambled eggs are easier to chew and swallow.

5) Banana Ice Cream

Ice cream is a common treat after you have had impacted teeth removed. Unfortunately, ice cream is not nutritious. The coolness is very soothing, but that doesn’t outweigh the unhealthy amount of sugar. Fortunately, there is banana ice cream…

Banana lovers should be rejoicing as this is a form of ice cream that is actually healthy and delicious. You can also make this amazing ice cream alternative at home with ease!

At-Home Recipe for Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • Milk (or your favorite milk alternative)
  • 3 to 4 fresh bananas

Make Banana Ice Cream in 4 Steps

  1. Place peeled bananas in the freezer overnight (or at least for 4 hrs).
  2. Take out the frozen bananas and cut them up into neat chunks.
  3. Place frozen banana slices into a blender and then add the milk or non-dairy alternative.
  4. Blend up this tasty mixture until consistency has thickened and smoothed out.

That’s super easy and it is going to be very tasty!

6) Avocado

The staff at BRO loves avocados! This unique fruit is an excellent source of healthy fat, low in carbs and rich in vitamin K, vitamin C and potassium. The smooth and creamy texture also makes them an excellent food to eat after getting impacted teeth removed.

You may be able to enjoy some fresh avocado with a little seasoning and a spoon, but you can also serve them whipped into a puree or mashed. These preparations can be very soothing to consume for a mouth in full recovery.

7) Smoothies

Here is a food recommendation that also comes with a warning. Smoothies can be a great meal replacement for someone who is unable to chew whole food. That being said, a lot of popular brands serve up smoothies with more than their fair share of sugar.

Smoothies are so popular due to how versatile they can be. There’s a nearly endless variety of combinations and ingredients that can be turned into a healthy smoothie. We recommend smoothies with a scoop of Greek yogurt (or protein powder) to aid in your recovery. You should also pick a few of your favorite fruits or vegetables to round out this healthy meal replacement.

Conclusion

After you have gotten oral surgery in Asheville, it is really important to have a gameplan for your recovery. There are many popular foods that are only going to irritate your mouth and could cause other complications.Take this list as a starting point for your recovery grocery list.

Since smoothies are on this list, you should also know that using a straw is not recommended while recovering from oral surgery. Using a straw generates suction in the mouth that could increase your risk of developing a dry socket. This can be very painful and you’d likely need to come back in for an additional appointment.

If you have other questions about oral surgery, or you’d like to schedule an appointment at BRO, please call (828) 585-6045. We are available to answer any of your questions.

5 Signs Your Retainer Needs A Replacement

After orthodontic treatment, you will need a retainer in order to maintain that perfect smile that you got through orthodontic treatment. Unfortunately, we don’t have the technology for an eternal retainer (yet). You will need to eventually schedule an appointment for retainer replacement.

Here are 5 common signs that mean your retainer needs to be replaced.

Woman goes to orthodontist for retainer replacement in Asheville

Need to replace your retainer? You can easily request an appointment through our website. With orthodontic offices in Asheville, Hendersonville and Brevard, we have a convenient location for anyone in Western North Carolina.

1) Small Cracks in the Retainer

Orthodontic retainers come in a variety of different options. Depending on when you got your braces (or other type of orthodontic treatment), you might have a retainer that is primarily made of wire, or you might have one that is made of a material similar to what’s used for Invisalign aligners. After you’ve had a retainer for a year or more, the material starts to break down. If you notice that there are cracks in your retainer while examining it, then it’s probably time for a retainer replacement.

Left unaddressed, these cracks will only continue to get bigger. Eventually, the retainer will lack the structural strength needed to keep your teeth in their proper alignment. Letting a retainer go means that you’re running the risk of losing that perfect smile that you invested so much in to.

2) Your Retainer is Loose

If your retainer starts feeling loose, that’s a strong sign that it’s time to replace it. This doesn’t mean there is an issue with your teeth. Retainers wear down overtime and grow wider. This is why they can feel loose eventually, even if you have been good about wearing it. The issue here is that you are no longer getting the benefit of wearing the retainer. A loose retainer will not keep your teeth in place. We strongly urge you to get a replacement retainer before getting to the point that it no longer fits. Your teeth can begin to shift (slowly) back to their original position without that retainer in optimal condition.

That perfect smile means a lot to you and it means a lot to us at Blue Ridge Orthodontics. Being mindful of your retainer and replacing it before it loses its function is essential in keeping your smile looking perfect for life.

3) Your Retainer is Warped

Modern retainers are great, but those benefits come with a greater risk of them getting damaged or warped. Remember, a retainer that doesn’t fit is one that doesn’t work. A common scenario that we’ve dealt with here at BRO is a retainer that got warped because someone put it in the dishwasher or you tried to use very hot water to clean it. This is a situation where you would want to give us a call.

If you go for an extended period of time without wearing your retainer, it may hurt when you put your replacement retainer in for the first time. This is not a defect with the retainer itself. It means that you need to wear your retainer more often.

4) Too Much Calcium Has Built Up in the Retainer

Even if you are diligent about proper retainer maintenance, calcium can build up on your retainer over time. The problem is that calcium buildup can easily discourage one from wearing their retainer as often as they should. If you or your child has stopped wearing their retainer do to a nasty calcium buildup, it is time to get a replacement. You can easily schedule an appointment with Blue Ridge Orthodontics to get a retainer replacement at one of our orthodontic offices in Western North Carolina.

5) You Lost Your Retainer

Losing things is a frustrating but natural part of life. Remember that you are going to be using your retainer over the long run in order to maintain that beautiful smile. Over the years, moves, career transitions, new relationships and so much more present numerous opportunities to lose your retainer. It happens to the best of us.

If you have lost your retainer, please don’t wait too long to get a replacement. Our orthodontists will want to bring you to take a new impression for your replacement retainer. If it has been a while since you lost your retainer, then the new one will gently squeeze your teeth back into alignment. It’s also recommended that you establish a good place to store your retainer, so it is easy to put them back in before you go to bed.

Retainer Fatigue – What is That?

As a diamond level Invisalign provider, it should come as no surprise that many of our patients end up with clear retainers after their orthodontic treatment has finished. Like Invisalign and our impressions aligners, these clear retainers are highly discrete and this makes it easier for our patients to wear them more often.

However, there is a downside to this type of retainer – the material will fatigue over time. Every time that you take out your clear retainer, it actually stretches the material a minute amount. The retainer will eventually be stretched enough to allow for micro movements in your teeth. If you don’t get your retainer replaced, that stretching will continue and your teeth will be allowed to move further out of their proper alignment.

Retainer fatigue is the reason why people can still experience some minor movement in their teeth even if they’re diligent about wearing their retainer. The simple truth is that your teeth are stronger than your clear retainercrazy right? If we were to give a former patient a brand new retainer produced from the mold we took after they got their braces off, it would feel tighter.

Order Your Replacement Retainer From BRO

You need to wear your retainer if you want to maintain that perfect smile that you’ve earned through orthodontic treatment. This can come as a surprise to patients, but your retainer is so important. if your retainer is broken or lost, we urge you to not let it go. Order your replacement retainer from Blue Ridge Orthodontics in Western North Carolina. The process is simple, convenient and very affordable.

Call us today at (828) 585-6045 if you have any questions about your retainer or getting a replacement. BRO has offices in Asheville, Hendersonville and Brevard. we have a friendly and very talented orthodontic team that’s ready to answer any of your questions.

Why You Need A Retainer After Braces

Happy day! You’re finally getting your braces removed after months or even years of orthodontic treatment. You made that significant investment to improve your smile and your oral health, and now it’s time to reap the benefits. But wait! Your WNC orthodontist just mentioned the word “retainer.” Why are they saying that you need a retainer right after you got those metal brackets removed from your teeth?

This bit of news does come as a bit of a surprise to some of our patients in Western North Carolina. Unfortunately, some people also don’t take their retainer as seriously as they should. You don’t want to make that mistake. You do need to wear a retainer after you get your braces taken off and here’s why.

Orthodontic retainer used after braces in North Carolina

Why Do You Get A Retainer After Braces?

Orthodontic treatment is an investment. Depending on the issues that are being treated, it can take years to fully perfect a patient’s smile. After all that time and work, you want to ensure your teeth remain perfectly aligned for the rest of your life right? This is why you need to wear a retainer after braces.

For the first couple months after you got your braces off, you will be instructed to wear your retainers regularly. This is a crucial period of time, because some relapse movement can occur after the brackets have been removed from the teeth (more on that later).

The Retainer Is an Essential Orthodontic Appliance

A retainer is a very important orthodontic appliance that is worn by patients after they have their braces removed. Remember that the purpose of this appliance is to keep the teeth from shifting out of their proper alignment. You may be wondering why this is necessary. Over time, your jaw changes and this can cause shifting in the teeth (especially if you got your braces at a young age). You also use a variety of muscles each time you speak. Your tongue for instance is a significant muscle that pushes on your teeth constantly in order to form words. This pushing can cause shifts.

Are There Different Types of Retainers?

For our orthodontic patients here in Western North Carolina, Blue Ridge Orthodontics offers 2 types of retainers after they get braces.

Fixed Retainers

A fixed retainer is essentially a wire that is bonded to the tongue side of the teeth. As the name implies, this type of retainer is meant to stay fixed in place indefinitely. depending on how long you’re fixed retainer has been in place, the bonding agent used can weaken. It is possible that harder types foods could break away the bonding and expose the wire. At this point, you should make an appointment to have your fixed retainer repaired.

Removable Retainers

If your orthodontist is confident that you will be able to wear your retainer or the prescribed duration, they may give you a removable retainer after you get your braces taken off. This type of retainer can be removed when needed as the name implies. More advanced orthodontic technology such as Invisalign and BRO’s Impressions can also function as removable retainers.

How Long Do You Need to Wear Your Retainer After Braces?

For Removable Retainers

Remember that you’re going to need to wear your retainer initially all the time. Remember, with removable retainers you are able to take them out in order to eat or drink. They are convenient, but it is so important that you stick to the prescribed duration. The bone mass around the shifted teeth will be comparatively soft during these first few months after your orthodontic treatment has completed. The retainer keeps teeth from shifting into this softer bone mass.

If you follow our instructions during the first couple months, then you can switch to just wearing it during the night. You should wear it every night if you would like to keep your teeth in proper alignment for the rest of your life.

If it has been years or even decades since you got your braces taken off, it is important to note that the teeth tend to shift naturally as people age. do you still wear your retainer at night? If you stop wearing your retainer, you may begin to notice some shifting in your teeth. If you have questions, then please give us a call at (828) 585-6045. Our orthodontists can make sure you retain the smile that you invested so much in.

For Fixed Retainers

If you were given a permanent retainer after you got your braces taken off, then it is recommended that you keep that on for at least 10 years. If your fixed retainer has not been causing any significant hygiene problems after that amount of time, then you should consider keeping it in place for as long as you’re able to. This is because fixed retainers can cause serious issues for people who are not diligent about their brushing and flossing habits.

Now if you got braces as an adult, then it’s recommended that you keep your permanent retainer in place for the rest of your life. This is simply due to the fact that the risk of teeth shifting is greater in older patients due to grinding and other adult onset periodontal conditions.

How to Take Care of Your Retainer & Your Long-Term Oral Health

Since you will be wearing your retainer regularly for a long period of time, regular cleaning and maintenance are going to be very important. Unfortunately, some patients end up slacking on the maintenance side and eventually their retainer can get pretty nasty. Some may even discard their retainer at this point. If you follow these retainer care tips, then this won’t happen to you and you’ll be able to keep that perfect smile for the rest of your life!

How to Clean Your Fixed Retainer

Since you will be keeping that fixed retainer in your mouth for at least 10 years, proper cleaning and maintenance makes a significant difference. Otherwise, your fixed retainer could put you at greater risk for gum infections and teeth cavities. Your orthodontist will provide you with a special type of floss that has a wire portion that will allow you to thread it through the teeth and under the fixed retainer. This is the only way to keep your fix retainer clean and plaque free.

How to Keep Removable Retainers Clean

Remember that removable retainers provide that extra level of convenience since you can remove them in order to eat or drink. That being said, you still need to clean them properly on a regular basis. First, we recommend that you wash them with lukewarm water after every meal. Next, you should also use a little bit of toothpaste and your toothbrush to clean them every night and morning.

Conclusion

For anyone reading this post who may be in need of adult orthodontic treatment, we do provide complimentary consultations at all of our clinics in Western North Carolina. Check out some of our before and after photos if you’d like to see what we’ve been able to do for our adult patients. As a diamond level Invisalign provider, Blue Ridge Orthodontics can offer a variety of options few orthodontists in the country can match.

Impressions Vs Other At Home Orthodontic Treatments

Have you heard about our Impressions invisible aligners? They are a new and discreet way to straighten your teeth at home. Similar to Invisalign, Our new invisible aligners are made from medical grade plastic material that is molded after a 3D digitized scan is taken of your teeth.

After your initial consultation and 3D scan here at our orthodontic clinic in Asheville, you will receive your impressions invisible liners at your door in about 6 weeks. within this Impressions box, you will find a full set of the liners and everything else you’ll need to stay on track with your personalized treatment plan.

Most of our Impressions patients have completed their treatment within 6 months!

With Impressions, our goal was to give adults in Western North Carolina more options if they need orthodontic treatment. You shouldn’t have to put your life on hold because you want to straighten your teeth. Impressions delivers all the results of traditional orthodontic treatment for half the cost and in half the time!

Impressions Vs Traditional Metal Braces

If an adult has traditional metal braces, they might feel a little self-conscious when going on a first date or into an important interview. This is why orthodontic advancements such as Invisalign were so revolutionary. Now, qualifying adults have the option to straighten their teeth in a much more discreet way.

Our orthodontists want you to know that traditional metal braces are still the recommended course of treatment for more complex orthodontic issues. that being said, our Impressions aligners can be used to treat the majority of orthodontic issues we see in adults.

Comparing Impressions invisible aligners to traditional braces, there are several distinct advantages we want you to know about:

  • Our liners are much more convenient than traditional braces simply because they are removable.
  • This makes it much easier to eat, drink and brush your teeth.
  • Friends, family members and co-workers won’t even be able to tell that you’re wearing our liners and you’re talking to them.
  • Impressions aligners are much easier to clean than traditional metal braces.
  • With Impressions, there are only two required in office visits that patients need to make over the entire course of their treatment.
  • Impressions invisible aligners cost half as much as traditional metal braces.

Impressions Vs Other At-Home Invisible Aligners

If you qualify, then making the choice between Impressions and traditional braces is simple. That being said, there are now several different at-home invisible aligners providers out there. So why should you choose Impressions if you live in North Carolina?

Infographic that compares Impressions with other at-home invisible aligner brands

Infographic originally posted on the Impressions website.

Visiting ImpressionsHub and Starting with a 3D Scan

These other Invisalign aligner companies provide at-home kits that you can use to take an impression of your teeth. Ironically, we don’t do this with Impressions and there’s a good reason why. We discovered that these at-home impressions kits often fail to make an accurate impression of the teeth. There are just too many ways that things could go awry while trying to get that perfect impression.

Here are four common problems that people have when using these at home Impressions kits:

  • You could receive impressions trays that are not the right size for your mouth, which means they will have to send them back and wait even longer to start your treatment.
  • With these Impressions kids, there is a specific process one must follow when it comes to mixing the mold putty. Since this kit comes with two types of putty, it must be completely mixed together and then molded into the tray. Once you start mixing the putties, they start to harden. So you have about one minute to properly mix the putty, place it in the tray and then into your mouth in order to get a proper impression. When done at home, there are only so many ways that this can go wrong.
  • If you managed to get the putty mix into the aligner tray without issue, it is still more difficult than it should be to get the perfect impression of your teeth. You’ll need to keep the tray very steady during this entire process which can be difficult. Otherwise, you could end up with a double imprint of your teeth and gums or slight distortions in the shape or length of the teeth.
  • On top of how difficult it is to just get one perfect impression with these at home kits, you’ll need to complete this entire process at least three more times without error.

We have heard stories about how people received their aligners and none of them actually fit due to the poor impressions taken with those at home kits. This can significantly delay the start of your treatment. Since Impressions was developed by a diamond level Invisalign orthodontist, we felt it was best to start each patient with an accurate 3D scan of their teeth.

Because we always start with a 3D scan of your teeth at our Impressions hub, we can guarantee 100% accuracy for every patient. You aren’t going to have to worry whether your aligners are going to fit your teeth when you get your impressions box delivered to your door. the entire process is quick and painless, plus it won’t leave you with a bad taste in your mouth like the putty in those at home Impressions kits.

Additionally, we felt it would be great is our patients got the opportunity to see what their perfect smile would look like before they even get started. With our 3D iTero technology, you’ll be able to see what your smile is going to look like as soon as we’re done with the scan. It’s really cool!

Our Invisible Aligners Are Produced With Higher Quality Material

Unfortunately, we found that other at home invisible aligner companies have chosen to use cheaper material in the production of their aligners in order to save money and increase their own profits. If you’re making such a significant investment in your health, then you should know that you’re getting the best product possible.

When it’s not, the results can be shocking…

Damaged invisible aligners in North Carolina

Impressions invisible liners use the same high-quality material that Invisalign uses. This means that our trees are more durable than some of “the other guys.” With these other at home invisible aligners, you do run the risk experiencing complications that could significantly extend the length of your treatment.

Impressions Connects You With a Real Orthodontist

Studies have shown that most American adults could benefit from some kind of orthodontic care. Unfortunately, too many don’t have the means to afford it. Dr. Roberts created impressions in order to bring affordable orthodontic care to more people in North Carolina.

In addition to the convenience offered by impressions, patients are also going to be connected with a real orthodontist. You will meet with Dr. Roberts, Dr. Schuler or Dr. Twomley during your first appointment and they are going to develop a customized treatment plan for your smile. We don’t want you to feel like you’re going to be on your own at any point during your treatment. You get all of the convenience of at-home orthodontic care with the peace of mind that you can reach out to one of our orthodontists with questions or concerns at any time.

With these other at-home invisible aligner providers, you are not going to be connected with a real orthodontist. You will more than likely be directed to a customer service number if you have any questions or concerns during your treatment. It can feel isolating…

Yes convenience is important, but who are you going to feel more confident with when it comes to correcting your smile? An orthodontist you can meet in person or a customer support representative?

Impressions Accounts For Your Bite & Overall Health

You’re probably looking at invisible aligners, because you want to straighten your teeth. This is what most at-home invisible aligner providers are solely focused on. Unfortunately, that can actually lead to some serious problems.

With Impressions, we knew that we could not only be focused on straightening teeth. We needed to know that we could achieve the best results without impacting the patient’s bite or long-term oral health. Again, this is something that we can guarantee, because we have a real orthodontist heavily involved in the treatment process from start to finish.

Many of those other at-home orthodontic providers haven’t appeared to take this into consideration. This critical oversight has led to significant issues for people that have tried them.

Conclusion

It really is amazing that adults who are seeking orthodontic care in North Carolina have so many options. If you are now considering at-home invisible aligners like Impressions, we have a few more things that we want you to know:

  • We accept most insurance providers for Impressions treatment.
  • Impressions offers an extended payment plan as well.
  • The ImpressionsHubs are located in real orthodontic clinics, not in a tent, a bus, a mall or a pop-up shop.
  • Walk in consultations are available to you with Impressions, most other companies don’t have an office to walk into, and when they do, it’s by appt.
  • You can upgrade to comprehensive Invisalign if desired thanks to the fact that Impressions is run by a diamond level Invisalign orthodontist.

10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing an Orthodontist

Choosing the right orthodontist can be a difficult decision if you live in North Carolina. You do have plenty of options to choose from, but who is going to be the best for you? given the time and money that you will invest in this relationship, it’s it’s not something you want to take lightly.

Woman who has gotten blue colored braces in Western North Carolina

So, we have 10 questions you should ask before choosing an orthodontist.

1) Are They Specialists?

An orthodontist is actually a specially trained dentist was taken on several extra years of training in order to learn how to straighten teeth. While there are now more orthodontic treatment options than ever before, this still usually involves affixing a form of brace to the patient’s teeth.

Essentially, an orthodontist specializes in smiles.

Orthodontist are also trained in how to perform dentofacial orthopedics. What this means is that they know how to normalize the structure of a patient’s jaw bones in order to repair any imbalance in their face.

Yes, all orthodontist are dentists. however, only 6% of dentist are trained as orthodontists in North Carolina. This means that when you are looking for a orthodontist, be sure to look out for the Seal of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). These are only awarded to orthodontic specialists.

Here at Blue Ridge Orthodontics, Dr. Luke Roberts, Dr. Megan Schuler and Dr. Tyler Twomley are all members of the AAO. Additionally, Dr. Roberts is only one of four orthodontists in all of Asheville to be board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics.

2) Does the Orthodontist Treat Adults?

Studies show that many adults actually need orthodontic treatment, but it doesn’t mean that every orthodontic practice actually treats adults. recommend that you look for an orthodontist that does treat patients of all ages. Here at Blue Ridge Orthodontics, we take great pride in accommodating the needs of our adult patients along with children and teenagers.

Beer served in adult waiting area at orthodontic office in Asheville

In 2019, more adults are discovering how an improved smile is not only better for their confidence but also their overall health. Back in the day, it wasn’t uncommon for adults that needed orthodontic treatment to avoid it due to the fear of wearing traditional metal braces.

With options like Invisalign and Impressions, adults who are in need of orthodontic treatment should no longer worry. If you’re not familiar with Invisalign, these are invisible aligners are trees that are comfortable and removable. Essentially, you’ll be straightening or teeth and no one will even know you’re wearing them!

With traditional braces, you have brackets that are affixed to the teeth and a wire is run between the brackets which gradually moves teeth into proper alignment. Invisalign, you get a set of trays that are worn for about 2 weeks each. The Invisalign system is designed to straighten your teeth in 12 to 18 months.

Blue Ridge Orthodontics is now among the elite group of diamond level Invisalign providers. What this means is that not only are we one of the best Invisalign doctor sites in North Carolina, but we are actually one of the best Invisalign doctor site in the United States. If you have gone to another orthodontist and were told that you are not a candidate for Invisalign, we to urge you to make an appointment with us at BRO. We may be able to approve you for this orthodontic treatment.

3) Do They Provide The FIrst Visit Free of Charge?

As we mentioned before, choosing the right orthodontist is a challenge. Here in Western North Carolina, there are several practices to choose from. At Blue Ridge Orthodontics, we don’t believe you should have to make any form of financial commitment before you’re ready. That’s why our initial patient consultations are free of charge!

4) Are They Involved in Their Community?

While it is certainly not a requirement for an orthodontist to be actively involved in their community, we do feel that this is something that should be considered. An orthodontic clinic that makes great effort to support their local community demonstrates a spirit of generosity that may carry over to your experiences during your treatment.

Here at Blue Ridge Orthodontics, we are committed to giving back to our community in North Carolina. Charitable giving, whether it be a financial contribution or donated time and energy, is one of our core values. The entire BRO team is proud to support worthwhile causes in Asheville and across Western North Carolina. Be sure to check out our quarterly sponsorships if you’d like learn more.

5) Are They Using the Latest Orthodontic Technology and Treatments Available?

Like any industry, technology has paved the way for significant advancements in modern orthodontics. 3D mapped braces and wires dramatically increase the precision with which we move teeth and significantly shorten the length of treatment time required. Clear braces offer a cosmetically pleasing alternative for adults, while Impressions and Invisalign offer our patients entirely braces-free options.

A Blue Ridge Orthodontics, we are able to offer our patients the highest standard of orthodontic care possible by investing in the latest equipment available. Here are some interesting examples worth considering:

  • Lowest-radiation-dose possible x-rays
  • iTero 3D scans with zero radiation
  • AcceleDent® Aura appliances that speed up treatment results

Additionally, continued education is a must for our entire staff and all our doctors. They regularly attend advanced education classes and seminars on clinical orthodontic care, practice management and customer service.

6) Do They Charge For Emergency Appointments?

While some minor discomfort is normal when it comes to traditional metal braces, there are times when you may need to schedule an appointment to get some adjustments. orthodontist will typically take care of any poking wires or loose appliances free of charge. However, if a bracket is damaged due to non-compliance with dietary restrictions, you could be facing significant repair charges.

At Blue Ridge Orthodontics, you won’t have to worry about facing unexpected costs like these for adjustments if you do your best to follow our simple dietary guidelines and avoid breaking your braces — even in the event of an emergency appointment.

After you get started with us, you will be given special brochures that are specific to your orthodontic treatment. These will clearly outline what you can and what you can’t do over the course of your treatment. These brochures will also include our evening and weekend emergency numbers if you need them.

7) Do They Treat You Like You’re a Priority?

At BRO, we believe in making you the priority for the entire duration of your treatment. That special feeling you’re going to get during your first visit is not a fluke. Our staff appreciates every single one of our patients and we like to let them know it!

Woman arrives for complimentary consultation at BRO in Asheville

Do you remember the intro song to the classic show Cheers? “Sometimes you want to go to that special place where everybody knows your name.” Here at BRO, we aim to know all of our patients and will greet you warmly every time you walk in through the door.

We also believe in rewarding our patients for being on time, for treatment compliance and for participating in our office wide contests, games and surveys. That’s why we have developed a special patient rewards system at BRO. Each patient has the opportunity to open a complimentary patients rewards account and accumulate points that can then be redeemed for really cool prizes. We also hold special events for our patients several times a year, where they have an opportunity to kick back, have fun and even hang out with their orthodontist.

Our patients find that memorable events are aplenty here at BRO, from the first visit all the way to our Deband Day, where we celebrate your special achievement of completing your treatment and having your braces officially removed!

8) Do They Have a Great Reputation?

When it comes to investing in your smile, good is just not good enough! A quick Google search will show you the ratings and reviews for a given orthodontist. Why don’t you try this out with Blue Ridge Orthodontics right now? Two things should jump-out at you immediately:

  • BRO has a 5 star rating on Google
  • We have over 500 reviews!!

Customer feedback is extremely important to us, and we make it a point to listen to each of our patients and their families. We obviously like to hear the good feedback, but negative feedback is equally important (if not more so). You’ll see that we regular respond to all Google reviews to keep our staff accountable. We also have in-office comment cards that all visitors are welcome to fill out with any thoughts, concerns or congratulations.

9) Do They File With Your Insurance?

The cost of braces or Invisalign varies depending on each patient’s individual needs and be recommended treatment plant. At BRO, the total cost is based on factors like:

  • The length of treatment time
  • The type of braces
  • Necessary coordination with other providers

In any case, orthodontic treatment does represent a significant financial investment. This is why you should inquire about insurance when it comes to selecting your orthodontist. Blue Ridge Orthodontics will process claims with all employer-provided and private insurance plans.

Please know that these insurance plans need to cover orthodontic care and will need to approve BRO as a service provider. You should also know that we do not accept Medicaid coverage.

During your initial exam and consultation, a staff member will do a complimentary benefits check with your insurance provider. They will carefully review with you how this will affect the overall cost of your orthodontic treatment with us. Note that if your insurance plan covers traditional metal braces, then it will also cover Invisalign. We also employ an on-staff Insurance coordinator who can answer any questions that you have and work with your insurance provider to make things as easy as possible.

10) Are They Flexible with Payment Options?

Once you’ve selected an orthodontist, the next question typically is, “how much is this going to cost, and how am I going to pay for this?”

At Blue Ridge Orthodontics, we will carefully review all available payment options with you. These may include:

  • Maximizing your available insurance benefits
  • Flex spending accounts
  • Interest-free payment plans

During the initial exam and complimentary consultation, we answer all of your questions, including those about our typical cost of braces and Invisalign and the variety of payment options available. At our office, our cost for braces and Invisalign® is the same. We want the best treatment option to be determined by our patients’ needs and wants, not by cost.

Are Ceramic Braces Right For You?

If you’re an adult who needs to get braces, you may feel wary about the idea. Traditional metal braces aren’t exactly the easiest things to hide if you’re going for a first date or an important interview. That being said, straightening your teeth is extremely important. Not something we recommend avoiding because you are self-conscious about having braces.

That is why many adults in North Carolina look into options like ceramic braces, but are they right for you?

Let’s find out!

For adults in need of orthodontic care in 2019, there have never been so many options available. We have covered them extensively on the BRO blog, but today we’re going to look at ceramic braces. These types of braces actually blend in with your teeth making them much less noticeable — a popular option for adults in Western North Carolina.

Woman in Asheville gets ceramic braces at orthodontist clinic

How Do Ceramic Braces Differ From Metal Braces?

You already know that traditional braces are made with metal. The brackets are attached to the teeth and then a metal wire is strung through them in order to realign straighten the teeth as needed according to your orthodontist’s treatment plan.

For younger patients who are coming to Blue Ridge Orthodontics to get braces, we offer a variety of color bands that they can use to accessorize or personalize their braces. However, this is not the most popular option for adults. You could get white rubber bands, but traditional metal braces still remain visible.

Ceramic braces are different in that the brackets are made of ceramic instead of metal. This means that the only aspect of the braces that’s noticeable is the wire that runs through the brackets. The ceramic brackets closely mirror the color of the teeth, which makes them much less noticeable when you are talking with someone. If you are self-conscious over the prospect of having a mouth full of metal, ceramic braces may be the right option for you.

Some Cons to Ceramic Braces You Should Consider

As with many things in life, it’s not just as simple as metal vs. ceramic. There are other factors that you should consider as an adult. Both types of braces have their pros and cons and we wouldn’t be considered one of the best orthodontist practices in North Carolina if we didn’t take the time to thoroughly cover the differences here.

First, we want our patients to know that ceramic braces tend to be more expensive than traditional metal braces in North Carolina. This is an important factor for our adult patients when it comes to deciding on what course of treatment to take. If a bracket is damaged, ceramic braces are more expensive to repair too.

We also don’t recommend ceramic braces for patients that require a significant amount of correction. That’s because traditional metal braces can tolerate higher levels of pressure and shifting compared to ceramic braces. This is simply due to the material that they are made from. If you need significant orthodontic corrections as an adult, our orthodontists might not recommend ceramic braces for your mouth.

Types of Ceramic Braces

Clear Ceramic Braces

If you see someone with clear braces, they are either made with polycarbonate (plastic) or ceramic. The benefit of going with clear ceramic brackets are that they are more stronger and more stain-resistant than polycarbonate brackets.

Do you have very white teeth already? Then clear ceramic braces are likely the best choice for you. The material is transparent, leaving the surface of the teeth underneath visible. That’s why we recommend it for people who have already had their teeth whitened.

The brackets don’t stain easily, but you should be careful with what you eat and drink (just like with any other type of braces).

White Ceramic Braces

Orthodontists call these ceramic braces white, but technically they are tooth-colored. A pure white bracket would stand out from the teeth and be more noticeable. Even with whitening treatment, your teeth aren’t a pure white in color and these ceramic braces are designed to reflect that.

In fact, these braces work best with patients that have a slightly darker shade of color to their teeth.

The brackets are produced using a different aluminum compound than clear ceramic braces. Additionally, certain brands offer a custom service where they will make sure your brackets match the exact color of your teeth.

Colored Ceramic Braces

Most people pick ceramic braces because they want to straighten their teeth inconspicuously. That being said, ceramic braces also can come with a variety of colored ligatures for those individuals that like to make a statement. We tend to see more teenagers take advantage of this option at our clinics in Western North Carolina, but don’t let us stop you from expressing yourself!

Note that your ligatures are changed during each scheduled checkup at our office. So you can experiment with a variety of colors to highlight your ceramic braces.

Keeping Your Mouth & Braces Pristine With Ceramic Braces

If you don’t take care of your ceramic braces, then they can become discolored over time. You need to know how to take care of your ceramic braces and your teeth similar to patients with traditional braces.

Take precautions when drinking things like coffee or red wine. You also need to be careful when eating curry or foods with tomato sauce. Sticky or particularly hard foods should be avoided just like with traditional metal braces. Your ceramic brackets and wires can be damaged just as easily if you’re careless about what you put in your mouth.

We have an extensive post on the BRO blog that will teach you how to brush and floss your teeth when you have braces. Read this post please! It’s really important not to be lazy about cleaning your teeth when you have braces, and this is especially true if you have ceramic braces. Discoloration will be more noticeable and you can’t use any teeth whitening products during your treatment.

Conclusion

While it varies, adults who need braces will be wearing them from 18 months up to 3 years in total. If you need to straighten your teeth and you’re self-conscious about metal in your mouth, then ceramic braces may be the right option for you. In any case, this post is not meant to replace having a conversation with your orthodontist.

While we want our patients to feel comfortable and confident during their treatment, the primary goal is to correct their orthodontic issues and improve their oral health. Schedule an appointment with an orthodontist, so you can review your options and confidently pick the best treatment plan available.

How To Get Free Teeth Whitening This February

When was the last time that you got your teeth whitened? If it has been a while, then you’ll be excited to hear about a special offer that Blue Ridge Orthodontics is running this February! For anyone planning on starting orthodontic treatment during the month of February, we are offering $214 off the total price of their treatment and a free teeth whitening in one of our orthodontic offices in Western North Carolina.

Couple enjoying the benefits of a free teeth whitening in Asheville, NC

This is a special offer that we are only running for this month, and there’s something else you should know. If you’re looking for that perfect gift for someone special in your life, then you can gift your premium teeth whitening package to them! in order to take advantage of the special offer, you will need to have started treatment sometime during the month of February. However, a gifted teeth whitening package can be redeemed for up to one year following the start of your treatment.

The Benefits of Getting Your Teeth Whitened

It comes as no surprise that people want whiter teeth due to the aesthetic appeal. One famous study revealed that teeth are the number one facial feature that people want to change about themselves.

According to the study, 75% of adults believe that a winning smile helps to facilitate professional success. According to the same study, a whopping 84% of Americans believe that a radiant smile also helps someone meet Mr. or Ms. Right.

What do you think? Has your smile ever helped you out during an important interview, work function, or date?

In addition to the aesthetic benefits, teeth whitening gel can also help kill gum disease-causing bacteria.

Important Details About This Special Offer

If you are thinking about taking advantage of this special offer for $214 off, don’t wait! It is only available for the rest of February. That said, you don’t have to use the whitening treatment right off the bat. If you are getting Invisalign, you can come in for the teeth whitening treatment whenever you would like. If you are getting braces, we recommend waiting until after your braces are off.

Is teeth whitening not for you? Don’t worry, this part of the deal won’t go to waste! You can gift it to a family member or friend, who can use it anytime within the next year.

Professional vs Over-The-Counter Teeth Whitening?

You may be thinking, “Is the free whitening treatment that big of a bonus?” and we would have to say YES!

Sure, products like whitening strips do work, but not as quickly nor as comfortably as professional whitening treatments. This is because products like whitening strips have a smaller concentration of hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient. Since over the counter products come into contact with your gums, they would cause damage if the active ingredient where as strong as a professional product.

Professional treatments, on the other hand, are administered using custom trays. we can use a much stronger concentration of active ingredient, because it will never come into contact with your gums. This makes it more efficient, more comfortable, and an all-around better experience!

What To Expect When You Start Treatment at BRO

Ready to get started? We are ready to meet you!

Even if you are not quite ready to get started, you can always get to know us better by coming in for a free consultation! We have written a comprehensive blog post on everything this initial visit entails, but here is the condensed version for all our guys and gals on the go:

  • Tour of our office and a chance to meet our awesome team of BROmies!
  • Photos and maybe complementary X-Rays (if you have current X-rays we can use those)
  • Physical exam from the orthodontist
  • Discussion of potential treatment plan
  • Questions and answers with your treatment coordinator
  • Review costs, insurance options, and available payment plans

We know that orthodontic treatment is a big commitment and investment! This is why we are up front and encourage completely open communication throughout the entire process. We are passionate about making smiles healthier, straighter, brighter, and more confident, but at the end of the day that smile is YOURS!

If you are ready to not Only got the straight smile of your dreams, but also the whiter smile of your dreams, make sure to take advantage of this February special! To get in touch, please fill out the forum on our contact page or give us a call at 828-585-6045.