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Benefits of Visiting an Orthodontist After Sustaining a Mouth Injury in an Accident

May 24th, 2017

Serious accidents can result in severe mouth injuries and major dental damage. Whether you were injured in a car accident or a slip and fall accident, the long-term health of your teeth could be at risk. If you have sustained any type of mouth injury that you think has impacted the alignment of your teeth, or that a dentist has informed you as a result of the injury that you need orthodontic care, it is imperative that you make an immediate trip to the orthodontist.  While everyone wants a good smile, protecting your teeth is also important to protect your overall health. Damaged teeth can deteriorate further and cause infections. You may also need to visit the orthodontist after suffering a mouth injury because you need to protect your legal rights. If you were injured in an accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation. However, you will only be able to obtain that compensation if you have valid medical documentation that proves the extent of your injuries.

Common Dental Injuries:

The human mouth is complex and dental injuries occur in a wide variety of the different ways. Some of the most common injuries that occur in accidents include:

  • Lost tooth: A tooth that has been completely knocked out is known as an avulsed tooth. This is an incredibly painful injury that often requires emergency medical attention. If you are able to recover the lost tooth, your dentist may be able to put it back in. However, if several hours have already passed, this may no longer be possible.

  • Broken tooth: A tooth that has been broken may be partially chipped or simply loosened. In this situation, your dentist may be able to repair the tooth and save everything that remains. Once again, this is not possible in all cases, but quick medical assistance from a qualified dentist will dramatically increase your odds of saving your tooth.

  • Damaged root: Finally, you may suffer severe mouth damage in an accident that is not actually visible to the naked eye. While you can easily see a lost or broken tooth, you cannot always see root damage. However, fixing root damage is just as important: first, because a damaged dental root can be even more painful than a broken tooth; and further, because a damaged root will eventually kill the attached tooth. Even worse, the damaged root could cause a painful infection that could soon spread to your other teeth.

With all of these injuries, you may require an orthodontist to work with your general dentist in repairing any damages that occur.  If you are concerned about the impact to your bite or the spacing between your teeth, it is a good idea to see a specialist (in this case, an orthodontist) to assess what can be done.

A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If you have been seriously injured in an accident, we suggest you also consult with an experienced personal injury attorney immediately. In the state of Colorado, negligent parties can be held legally liable for the damage sustained in an accident. In other words, if another party caused your injury, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.

How to Keep Clear Braces from Staining

May 18th, 2017

At All About Braces, we're proud to offer a wide variety of orthodontic treatments to suit the unique needs of our patients. While traditional metal braces are still the most form of treatment we offer, a popular alternative is ceramic (clear) braces. Clear braces work the same way as traditional metal braces, but with one key difference: instead of steel, clear brackets are made from a transparent ceramic composite material that blends in with teeth. This gives them a discreet, aesthetically pleasing appearance – but it also makes staining or discoloration possible.

How to Avoid Staining Your Clear Braces

Before going on, there's one key thing we need to understand. The actual ceramic brackets of your braces will never stain, as they're resistant to discoloration. The clear elastic bands we use to attach the archwire to your brackets, however, can stain – and this can make your braces much more visible.

The best way to fight staining is to avoid it altogether, and that starts with diet. Clear braces stain as a result of dark, deeply colored foods and drinks like coffee, wine, tea, and even tomato sauce. The dark pigments in these foods can leak into the material of the elastic bands, causing them to stain. The best way to prevent staining is by avoiding these foods and drinks in the first place.

In addition to monitoring your diet, making sure to brush your teeth and braces immediately after eating or drinking anything besides water will also help to keep your braces clear. If you can't brush your teeth immediately, try rinsing your mouth out with a glass of water. The goal is to minimize the amount of time your braces spend in contact with deeply colored, stain-inducing foods.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Denver, CO Braces & Invisalign Experts

With a careful eye on your diet and diligent brushing habits, you can keep your clear braces clean and clear, providing an aesthetically pleasing form of treatment that still maintains the benefits of traditional braces. If you have more questions on preventing staining or your orthodontic treatment in general, the team at All About Braces would be thrilled to help you. You can request an appointment or consultation online using our easy online form, and if you have any questions, feel free to call us at one of our six offices below. We're excited to hear from you, and we're looking forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams!

Does Insurance Cover Invisalign?

May 18th, 2017

At All About Braces, we're proud to provide world-class orthodontic treatment to patients throughout the greater Aurora, Arvada, and Denver areas, and we strive to make treatment as convenient of a process as possible. We believe a healthy, beautiful smile is an important part of overall health, and we also firmly believe that everyone should have access to a great smile – and the last thing that should stand in the way is finances. At our office, we're pleased to accept most plans from major insurance providers, and we're proud to be a preferred provider for Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Assurant DHA, Cigna, Delta Dental, Guardian, Humana, MetLife, United Concordia, and United Healthcare – but does insurance cover Invisalign?

Insurance Coverage for Invisalign Depends on Your Plan

The truth is, there's no way to categorically answer this question: every patient's insurance plan is different, and your coverage will depend on the specifics of your plan and provider. That said, many insurance policies carry an orthodontic benefit that's entirely separate from dental insurance, which means that even if you don't have dental insurance, you may still qualify for coverage on orthodontic treatment. If you do, your insurance will cover Invisalign the same way it covers traditional metal braces. This means that for many people, the answer is yes: your insurance will cover treatment with Invisalign or Invisalign Teen.

If you're not sure about the specifics of your insurance policy, we are more than happy to help you work it out. We've worked with countless patients to help them make the most of their insurance benefits, and we'll review your plan and work with your insurance company to make sure you get the maximum coverage possible. And don't worry – when you get orthodontic treatment with All About Braces, we take care of filing your claims for you.

Schedule a Consultation for Invisalign in Denver, CO

We strive to make every part of the orthodontic treatment process easy, and whether you're a teenager getting braces for the first time or an adult looking to revitalize your life with a new smile, we would be thrilled to help you. As a premier orthodontic office serving the greater Denver area, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you achieve a new smile no matter what your current orthodontic situation. If you have any questions about our office, your insurance policy, or treatment in general, feel free to reach our contact page or call us at one of our six offices. If you'd like to schedule a consultation and find out if you're a candidate for Invisalign, you can request an appointment using our easy online form. We look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful smile through Invisalign!

Laying the Foundation for a Lifelong Healthy Smile

May 18th, 2017

You may be surprised that your child’s first orthodontic visit can be as early as age six or seven, as recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists. Why so early you may ask? By age seven, your Denver area orthodontist will be able to see any developmental issues that may have the potential of turning into problems down the road.

By that age, your child’s first molars will likely have erupted and his or her teeth will continue to grow in until about age 12. After an extensive oral exam and analyzing of X-rays, your orthodontist will be able to determine the following:

  • Movement and growth of jaw

  • Impacted teeth

  • Missing teeth

  • Overcrowding

Depending on each patient’s individual case, your orthodontist will determine if early treatment will benefit your child, or if it would be more beneficial to wait for treatment at a later date. One example of the potential benefit for early treatment is that young jaws move more easily so some treatments can be more effective at a young age. Also, with baby teeth still in there is more flexibility in moving teeth.

Seeing your orthodontist at an early age can help by:

  • Making room for teeth that haven’t erupted yet

  • Saving protruding teeth

  • Correcting over or under bites

  • Aligning jaws so your teeth meet correctly when chewing

  • Getting rid of damaging habits like thumb or finger sucking

Not all exams result in immediate orthodontic treatment. Some orthodontic problems are easier to fix once your child reaches the teen years. But finding out early if your child has orthodontic problems can give you time to plan future treatments. By monitoring the growth of your child’s teeth, you can save time and money by getting ahead of any potential problems and by planning treatment at the best time for your child.

If you want to find out about any potential orthodontic problems your child may have, contact the experienced orthdontists at All About Braces with Colorado offices in Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Arvada and more! They even have an online appointment request form. Complete it and you’ll be on your way to finding out what orthodontic treatment your child may need and laying the foundation for a lifelong healthy smile.

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