November 5th, 2014
In the past, one of the most painful procedures a patient had to endure was when a key tooth was covered with gum tissue, requiring the orthodontist to cut away the gum to reveal the tooth beneath it. Often, this procedure was done in tandem with an oral surgeon who cut away the gum tissue, while the orthodontist stood by to get at the newly revealed tooth as soon as it was clear.
Today, technology has allowed for the use of much less painful procedures. A special machine called a laser diode directs a beam of laser light to the gums which is transformed into heat. This released energy gently shapes and cuts away at the soft tissue, shaping the teeth and revealing obstructions.
The advantages of a laser corrective procedure vs. the traditional surgical method are many. There is no severe pain or lengthy recovery time - patients can eat and perform regular activities almost immediately. Since topical anesthesia is used, there are no needles or injections needed. The laser both cuts and closes up the wound, thereby resulting in less bleeding.
Who is a candidate for laser corrective procedures? This requires a visit to our office, where a doctor will check out your specific condition and recommend you for this procedure. Since it is a form a surgery, only board certified trained orthodontists are qualified to perform this procedure.
Hanson Place Orthodontics is proud to be from the select few Brooklyn Orthodontic teams to offer this highly specialized treatment, which is a much preferred choice for many forms of corrective procedures.
November 5th, 2014
You've heard of invisalign before, but clear braces just doesn't sound right. How can braces be clear?
Clear braces are actually very similar to traditional metal braces, except that they use ceramic brackets which are made of clear materials and are therefore less noticeable than traditional braces.
Clear braces are glued to the teeth, and are not removable the way the Invisalign appliance is. The wire which connects to the brackets is made of metal, so it is visible. This choice of braces is preferred by many older patients, such as adults or older teens, who tend to be more concerned with cosmetic issues.
Since clear braces are made of ceramic instead of metal, they are more brittle and require more oral hygiene. The brackets are larger, and therefore more bulky, than traditional metal brackets. If not cared for properly, the brackets may turn yellow and unsightly. An electric toothbrush, used with toothpaste that contains no whitening, is the preferred method of cleaning your tooth when using clear braces.
When should you choose clear braces? Really, the choice is mostly cosmetic. There is no disadvantage to using them other than they require more care, but their similarity to metal braces makes them virtually equal to them in preference.
Of course, the decision to use clear braces is something that should be discussed with your doctor. Our doctors have years of experience with all forms of braces, and can skillfully guide you into making the best decision from a clinical, cosmetic, and practical point of view.
November 5th, 2014
Often times, patients can be confused with the array of choices offered to them for their orthodontic treatment. One of the big questions are whether to go with traditional braces or Invisalign. This is something that needs to be discussed during the initial consultation and after thoughtful consideration between the doctor and patient.
The major differences between braces and the Invisalign system are primarily a matter of convenience and aesthetics, although there are other factors at play. At the initial consultation, the doctor will explain how braces and Invsalign treatments differ from each other, and which of them - if any - are better suited for the patient's particular circumstances. The age of the patient, dental history, social consciousness, and length of time may be factors that affect the decision.
Generally speaking, there is no clear rule which treatment is more preferred. The cost of an Invisalign treatment is not necessarily higher than traditional braces. The same goes for the duration - no one method is supposed to work faster or slower. Both Invisalign and traditional braces are usually covered by most dental insurance plans.
So when trying to decide between going with the Invisalign system or traditional braces, be prepared for a decision that will largely be based on your comfort and appearance. Your doctor will explain your options at your consultation visit.
Have questions about Invisalign and how it works? Read through the comprehensive help articles on our site, or call us to schedule a complimentary consultation.
August 20th, 2014
There are many benefits to undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces. Not only will the procedure correct any overcrowding of teeth which can lead to problems with digestion, they can also dramatically improve appearance. A big question for people considering this form of treatment is whether or not their insurance will cover the costs of braces and what are the out-of-pocket expenses after dental insurance for braces?
Hanson Place Orthodontics works with patients to answer these questions and they will contact the patient's dental care provider to determine what the particular patient's eligibility of coverage is for braces costs. After the consultation with the orthodontist, the office insurance coordinator will send over the coding to the provider and the provider will then inform the office of what their braces insurance will cover. The remaining out-of-pocket expenses will then be paid by the patient.
This form of treatment offers great benefits to the patient, but it can be expensive, which is why Hanson Place Orthodontics offers a plan for repayment that charges no interest, finance or processing fees. What they do require is a down payment of between 25 and 35% with the balance split into payments that can be spread out from over 12 to 24 months.
It is only natural that patients have questions about their treatment as well as the approval of their coverage for braces, which is why Hanson Place Orthodontics works closely with both the patients and the insurance provider to ensure that coverage costs are being met and out-of-pocket fees can be structured into a repayment plan.