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Will My Orthodontist Accept Medicaid?

May 26th, 2020

Since 1965, the United States' Medicaid program has helped low-income Americans get the health care coverage they need, whether that comes in the form of doctor visits or longer term medical care. In some cases, the program can even aid with dental care. According to Medicaid.gov, states have to provide dental benefits to children in the program. However, that's not necessarily the case for adults. States get the final say when it comes to Medicaid dental benefits for people over 21 years of age.

With that in mind, you may have to spend some time researching your options when looking for a Medicaid orthodontist. You'll find some establishments who offer certain types of insurance coverage but not others.

Opportunities and Limitations

Medicare may offer some dental benefits for older individuals, and you can inquire about those specific benefits when visiting a dentist or orthodontist. However, when it comes to orthodontic braces, the program will only offer full coverage for children under the age of 21.

Additionally, the braces must be considered medically necessary before a child receives full cost coverage. A medical evaluation – involving a review of X-rays and other records – will help determine whether or not a child qualifies. If coverage is denied, you can set up another evaluation after a year has passed.

So, what exactly does "medically necessary" mean? If the orthodontic braces corrects an issue such as speech problems, trauma, or impacted teeth, they may be deemed a necessity.

Evaluation Process

  1. Call an orthodontist and schedule an appointment for an evaluation. You'll want to ensure the appointment is scheduled for a time when the child's Medicare coverage is still active.
  2. The staff will take X-rays of the child's oral cavity and write a report to explain what the images revealed.
  3. The Medicaid office will take a look at the findings and decide whether braces will be a necessary solution to the problem. This step could take several weeks or even a little longer than a month to complete.
  4. You'll be notified of the office's decision. Denials can be appealed. If the coverage is approved, further appointments can be scheduled with the orthodontist to begin treatment.

Whether your child is denied coverage for braces or you're an adult looking for braces, it helps to talk with dental professionals who are both skilled and willing to work with you to find financial solutions.

All About Braces serves the Denver, North Aurora, and Lakewood communities, and our staff will take steps to help make your visits and treatments affordable. Not only do we accept Medicaid, but we also accept a variety of insurance plans. We also offer financing options to suit your specific budget. You might even find that you qualify for certain discounts if other family members visit our office or if you can pay in full at the beginning of the treatment.

We're always looking forward to meeting new patients, and, best of all, initial exams are complimentary. Reach out to us online or via phone call for more information.

How to Request an Appointment with an Orthodontist

March 9th, 2020

Appointment Calendar

For many Americans, making doctor appointments is a troubling task. Easily forgotten and hard to always fit into busy weeks, especially with schedules that seem to change frequently, it’s just a part of adulthood that we have to deal with.

If you’re trying to get in with an orthodontist but not sure about the specifics, such as how to request an appointment or what exactly you need to be seen for, don’t worry! These are common concerns that many of our patients share, and at Colorado Orthodontics, we want to make every step as simple as can be.

When To Visit An Orthodontist

Your dentist will be the best advisor to you when it comes to your orthodontic care. They’ll know when you’re due to come see us, and they will explain to you the exact issues you need to be seen for. Unlike a dentist, an orthodontist deals with the alignment of your teeth and jaw rather than cleaning them.

You may need to see an orthodontist for braces, a retainer, root canals, or other more major dental work that needs to be done. A lot of times, an orthodontist can investigate abnormalities that your dentist may notice to give a better vision for the future of your teeth or that of your child’s. Visiting an orthodontist should be done anytime you have a concern or issue with the placement of your teeth, jaw, or general alignment within your mouth.

Sometimes cosmetic dental procedures are also done by an orthodontist. Keeping your teeth healthy, straight, strong, and beautiful is a joint effort between you and your orthodontist, so it’s important to be sure you’re on the right track moving forward with your oral health.

How To Request An Appointment

A lot of offices will have a very easy system in place to get an appointment with your orthodontist. Sometimes, your dentist or primary healthcare professional will direct to an office of an orthodontist with a referral. Oftentimes, this is done for insurance reasons, but you can always reach out and schedule an appointment on your own!

At Colorado Orthodontics, you have a couple of options for requesting your appointment. Here are the ways you can do this:

  • Call Our Office. Give us a call and discuss how to set up an appointment with our orthodontist. This is one of the easiest ways to get your appointment finalized, and it’s easy to find a great time that works with your schedule in this method.
  • Request Online. Getting your orthodontist appointment ready online is an easy way to fit it into your schedule. Simply fill out the form on our request page and wait! You’ll be contacted by our staff to finalize the appointment.

Stop By. If you’re in the area, come stop in and set up your appointment that way! You can get a feel for the place when you're inside, and it makes it very easy to ask any questions you may have about your appointment that you’re requesting to schedule.

What differences can I expect after braces?

February 26th, 2020

Is it almost time for those pesky braces to finally come off? If you’re about to kiss your metal mouth farewell for good, it’s important you know what to expect in the weeks or months following the removal of your braces. For many patients, the excitement of getting their mouths “back to normal” overrides any concerns or questions about the future; but it’s important for you to stay in the know about what will be going on behind your lips.

Braces are a great tool. They help fix alignment and bite problems, give you a beautiful smile, and have been used for ages as an excellent treatment plan for many orthodontic issues. But what comes with braces before and after?

4 Major Differences To Expect After Braces

As excited as most patients are to finally say goodbye to their metal mouths, there are a few changes that not everyone anticipates or prepares for. If you’re dying to get those braces removed, make sure you’re mindful about the next step in your orthodontic journey and treatment. It’s also helpful to know what is ahead if you have anxiety related to your dental work.

1. Your Teeth

As you can imagine, the biggest difference you’ll be experiencing once those braces come off will be your teeth, mouth, and bite! Not only will the visual difference be very obvious, but the inside of your mouth will feel strange for a few days, too. The longer you’ve had your braces on, the longer it may take for you to adjust to the new sensation of your bare teeth.

2. Change In Routine

Now that your braces are off, it may be easy to believe you can just jump right into a world where you don’t have to worry about your teeth. Well, it’s true you may not have to be as careful, such as dealing with food texture or intensive brushing, but there are some habits you should do your best to keep. In most cases, after braces you’ll be fitted with a retainer, so your routine for oral and dental health will change entirely. You need to be ready to make new healthy habits.

3. Your Retainer

Most patients will be fitted for a retainer following the removal of their braces. The details on your retainer will vary, including the length of time you’ll need it and when you can remove it during the day. The good news is that it’s much more hidden than braces, and requires less work and upkeep. You will need to be careful with it, as they are much easier to break, and keep up with the cleaning to preserve your oral hygiene.

4. Some Pain

Getting braces removed and adjusting to a new piece of hardware in your mouth, such as a retainer, may cause some minor discomfort. Your teeth and jaw may be sore from the actual removal of the braces, and there may be some residual discomfort as you get used to the retainer in your mouth. Some patients can compare this to the sensation after an appointment where braces were tightened or adjusted.

What Sets Colorado Orthodontics Apart From the Rest?

February 15th, 2020

Have you ever wondered what sets us apart from the many other orthodontists in Colorado? For starters, you won’t find a friendlier, more family-oriented orthodontic clinic anywhere close to you! At Colorado Orthodontics, you will be met with nothing but top notch attention and services, the most polite staff, and affordable prices!

Here are just a few of the reasons that we consider ourselves set apart from the rest:

Great Orthodontic Work with High Quality Equipment

If you are looking for amazing results with even better treatment, then Colorado Orthodontics might be the perfect choice for you. With some of the most top notch equipment in the entire country, they can ensure precision-perfect results that can last up to a lifetime! The best part of all this is that it is affordable for most families!

The Best Staff in Colorado

They aren’t just friendly, but they’re kid and family friendly as well! You won’t have to worry about your kids fearing the dentist any longer — they will be excited to go and see some of the nicest people in the state! Colorado Orthodontics is perfect for a first visit, or a 10th visit — either way, you will never leave from there unhappy with your results!

Lots of Affordable Services

Unlike a regular dentist’s office, an orthodontics clinic focuses more specifically on teeth straightening and further care pertaining to those services, rather than an extremely extensive amount of services. Nonetheless, you can still expect to have any and all of your orthodontics needs met beyond expectation. Some of the main services offered at Colorado Orthodontics are:

  • Braces
  • Invisalign
  • Other straightening options

Affordability is Key

Honestly, no one wants to pay in entire limbs to be able to achieve their perfect smile, even if they can afford to. It only makes sense to set up an appointment with an expert to decide whether or not you are eligible for a payment plan, and if so, what is the absolute best route to take in order to be able to afford the smile  you’ve always wanted!

It’s Easy to Schedule

Have we finally convinced you? In that case, head over to their website to schedule your appointment today! You can either call and make an appointment, or you can make one directly on their website. You can also discuss any sort of payment plan over the phone or in person with one of their multiple financial representatives!

How Do I Know if I Need to Make an Appointment?

There are many deciding factors to whether you should visit the orthodontist or not, and you will more than likely have to get some sort of referral from your regular dentist, depending on the type of work you’d be needing. You might want to give them a call if:

  • Your teeth are not as straight as you’d like
  • The placement of your teeth affect your eating/daily life
  • Your dentist suggests that you consult an orthodontist
  • Your smile just isn’t what you want it to be!

If any of this applies to you, then you may need to consider calling Colorado Orthodontics!

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