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Changing the world, one smile at a time!

June 9th, 2016

So a few years ago, I was honored and humbled to be one of the blessed recipients of a Smiles Change Lives ( ) Gini award. It was presented to me by a true orthodontic mentor and last years recipient, Dr. Stephen Litton. To my delight my husband, Rabbi Eliot Baskin and I were also assigned a seat next to founder, Virginia Brown for dinner after the awards program. This woman has a passion for making the world a better place and was an orthodontic patient as a college student and as a parent when she could afford to complete her care. We heard from a young woman who is the recipient of care through this great organization and how braces changed her life. She shared how she cried when she saw her senior pictures and how she had gained so much confidence with the transformation of her smile! While the concept of giving back is not new this organization is unique in the industry for the hand up not hand out philosophy. As orthodontists we have many opportunities to help young and young at heart improve self esteem- and SCL and the participating orthodontists donated well over 1.2 million dollars of care in 2010 alone. So what is my message for all of you- follow your dreams and try to make the world a bit better than you found it along the way. I get the joy of making people smile every day- it is the best job ever!!
Dr Hilary Nieberg Baskin

Choosing Braces Colors

June 9th, 2016

We know one of the best things about having braces (other than you getting an awesome smile!), is getting to choose new colors at your appointments. While elastics have a clinical function, we know how fun they can be! We also know that making the right decision in choosing a color combination for braces can be hard, so we're here to help.

Here are some of our favorite braces color combinations:

1. Tis’ the Season

We are blessed that Colorado is a four-season state with spring, summer, fall, and winter. This allows us Coloradans the chance to dress fashionably and change their look throughout the year. But what does this mean for the color of your braces? Well, that’s simple.Matching the colors of your braces with the season is an easy way to separate yourself from the drab crowd. Here’s how:

Autumn: Golden yellows, dark reds, cobalt blues, and vibrant orange all paint a dazzling image of the perfect pumpkin spice sipping fall day.

Winter: Arctic blues, regal purples, shimmering silvers, and stunning greens will all allow your smile to pop this winter in stark contrast to the icy snows and gray skies of winter.

Spring: Poppy red, Monaco blue, emerald, violet, and jade are all wonderful, bright colors that are perfect for spring. Say goodbye to the bitter colds of winter and hello to the bright smiles of spring.

Summer: Sunny yellows, juicy pinks, tangy teals, and perfect pastels are all excellent choices for when the thermostats start to rise. Add a little coral, a twist of turquoise, or a dash of blue and you’ll be the talk of the town in no time!

2. Wave Your Flag!

Wherever you're from, show a little pride in your heritage. Whether it’s the red, white, and blue of the USA, red and white for Canada, or green, white, and red for Mexico, matching the colors with your patriotic pride is a wonderful way to show the world where you’re from.

3. Cheering on your team

Match your elastics to those of your favorite team. Here are a few color combinations for our home-town teams to get you started:

Dark Blue + Orange = Denver Broncos

Burgundy + Steel Blue = Colorado Avalanche

Black (Or Silver) + Purple = Colorado Rockies

Powder Blue + Gold = Denver Nuggets

Light Blue + Red = Colorado Rapids

4. School Spirit

Consider representing your school by smiling its colors. It doesn’t matter if you play in the band, perform on the stage, represent on the field or are just a dedicated student, school spirit shows you take pride in your school.

5. Celebrate good times, come on!

Change your colors to blend with a special occasion. Whether it’s a wedding, a school dance, or any other occasion, matching your outfit and the colors of your smile to the occasion is a great fashion statement.

6. Show your Heart!

The world we live in is full of issues that demand our attention. By becoming aware, and sharing that awareness with others, we can motivate change and progression through action. While others often hang or wear ribbons for awareness, those who wear braces can show their advocacy every time they smile. Here’s a few colors and their respective meanings to get you started:

Pink = Breast cancer awareness. (October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month)
Black and White = Rare-disease awareness.
Yellow = Support our Troops.
Blue = Bullying awareness.
Periwinkle = Eating Disorder awareness.

7. Personalized Colors

The colors you select for your braces can help reflect your natural beauty. Here’s how to do it:

For those with darker skin complexions or hair, colors like blue, turquoise, gold, orange, green, fuchsia, and pink are excellent choices.
For those with lighter skin tones or hair, colors like vermilion, bronze, raspberry, plum, red, royal blue, or salmon will always work wonders.
For those with brown eyes and blond hair, notes of blue and rich purple will help keep your skin tone beautiful and warm.
For those with blue eyes, additional shades of blue will accentuate your features and allow your natural beauty to pop.
For those with red hair, colors similar to emerald will create a contrast that will always steal the show.
For everyone else, bright red, pale pink, eggplant, and teal are considered colors that go great with every skin tone.

8. Happy Holidays

It doesn’t matter what holidays you celebrate, changing your colors is always a fun way to get into the spirit of things. Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, or the Fourth of July, sharing your holiday cheer with each smile will brighten everyone’s day. Here are a few examples of holiday color combinations for those special days throughout the year:

Halloween = Orange and Black
Hanukkah = Blue and White
Christmas = Red and Green
Valentine's Day = Red and White
St Patrick's Day = Green
Independence Day = Red, White, and Blue or just Red and Blue

9. Express Yourself!

You’re unique, sometimes it’s just best to go with what you like, regardless of what anyone thinks or advises. Besides, you’re the only you out of seven billion other people in the world and that’s a beautiful thing: Embrace it. Whether it’s your favorite color, a spontaneous decision, or something that identifies who you are, go for it!

10. Survey Says

Still can't decide? We're here to help. If you can’t make a decision, or don’t care to, our staff members are here to help. Not only can they guide you in determining a set of colors that suit you, but adding another’s creativity will often help spark your own. Never hesitate to ask for a little friendly advice!

Saving on Taxes

June 9th, 2016

While we know that at All About Braces we offer an exceptional value to our patients (thus our tagline "Affordable Fees, Priceless Smiles), and are often one of the lowest cost providers in the marketplace, there is no alluding the fact that even with really low fees, for many families the cost of braces can be expensive. We try everything we can to make it as easy to budget and afford as we can by offering things like zero percent financing and flexible payment options. There is, however, another way that you can save yourselves a bundle on your braces. That is by using a Health Savings Account (HSA-- or sometime called an FSA depending on the plan). A health savings account is the perfect tool to help budget for orthodontia. With an HSA (which is usually offered by your employer) contributions can be withheld directly from a paycheck, and all contributions are removed PRE-TAX. What that means to you is that you do not have to pay income tax on any of the money you spend from the HSA. So, for example, if you pay $1,500 next year to your orthodontist (which we hope, of course, is us 8-)) out of your HSA and you normally pay 33% in income taxes, you would SAVE $500 in taxes by using the HSA. I mention this in my post now because typically you CAN NOT sign up for an HSA anytime you wish, but rather, in most cases, once a year when your company has you choose your benefit plans for the upcomming year. For most companies, that happens in the Fall of every year, so the time to think about this and start planning for it IS NOW. The even better news is that if you are just planning on starting braces now, you likely can use the tax advantages from an HSA to help you save in both next year and the year after. We can make payment arrangements that will allow you to maximize this benefit. Hoping this little bit of advice will help many of you save a bunch of money!

Now you don't see me, now you still don't see me!

June 9th, 2016

Funny how things snowball. Until about 5 years ago, while Dr. Baskin had treated dozens of Invisalign patients in the past, as a practice taken as a whole we had only lightly dabbled in Invisalign. However, once Dr. B (as we affectionately call her) got our other docs excited about treating eligible cases with Invisalign we started seeing more and more Invisalign cases. Well now for the past 4 years we have seen so many cases that we have become Invisalign Preferred providers as designated by Align tech, the makers of Invisalign.

Why is Invisalign becoming so popular? Well it's a pretty cool technology. You see with Invisalign, the aligners are both invisible and removable. Because you can take the aligners out, Invisalign lets you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Since Invisalign is virtually invisible, chances are no one will even notice anything is different, until your new smile is revealed, of course. Invisalign also makes your brushing and flossing during treatment much easier than with traditional braces.

How does it work? The Invisalign System combines advanced 3-D computer graphics technology with 100-year-old science of orthodontics. Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by your orthodontist. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan.

Your first step is to visit our office to determine if Invisalign is right for you. After sending precise treatment instructions, Invisalign uses advanced computer technology to translate these instructions in a sequence of finely calibrated aligners — as few as 12 or as many as 48.

Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only taken out to eat, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually — week-by-week until the final alignment prescribed is attained. Then you'll be smiling like you never have before!

Our Staff Rocks!

June 9th, 2016

So recently, the AAO (American Association of Orthodontics-- our national organization) developed a new, highly rigorous certification program for orthodontic assistants. The process to get accredited is difficult, requiring not only experience, but that assistant pass an extremely difficult and rigorous testing process. Many assistants do not even attempt to become certified, and of those that do, many fail.

Of course that was not the case when it came to our superstar All About Braces team. As our patients hopefully know (and if you did not, you do now!), not only is our team some of the nicest, friendliest and most charming people you'll ever meet, but they are also some of the most capable orthodontic assistants you'll find anywhere in the country. So while it was a surprise to even the folks at the AAO when they heard this (the administrator of the program said "really, your whole team, that's incredible!"), we were not surprised when EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR ELIGABLE STAFF PASSED THE SPECIALIZED ORTHODONTIC ASSISTANT ACCREDITATION PROCESSES! We are SOOOOO proud of them!

So, next time you come into the office, give your assistant a "congratulations!" and rest calmly in your chair knowing that you are in some of the best orthodontic hands in the entire nation!

Medicaid Orthodontics

June 9th, 2016

Does Medicaid Cover Braces?

As a Medicaid Orthodontist we get a lot of questions all the time about Medicaid coverage and how it works for getting braces. Many folks don't realize that we are, to the best of our knowledge, the leading Medicaid Orthodontist in Colorado. As such, we thought we'd provide a little insight. It is indeed a bit complicated!

First and foremost, it is important to understand that Medicaid will only cover orthodontic braces for children under 21. While there are now some dental benefits for adults with Medicaid, this does not extend to braces or orthodontics. So if you are an adult with Medicaid and want braces, while we can definitely assist you, realize that your Medicaid insurance will not help with the costs.

For children under 21, however, Medicaid will pay for the costs of braces in full if they determine that the need for braces is medically necessary. You can have your child be evaluated for this medical necessity once per year. So if they get reviewed for braces and are denied, you can try again-- but you must wait one year in between evaluations. Typically they will allow three attempts. If they are denied before they have all their adult teeth, it may be a good idea, depending on your finances, to wait a year and try again. If they are denied after they have all their teeth, we typically can not apply again and it would likely be time to discuss private financing. (We offer a discount to these cases along with interest-free financing).

The process for the evaluation goes something like this. You would schedule an appointment with our office and make sure to tell the staff you have Medicaid coverage. It will be critical that you are still covered on the day of this initial appointment. At this first appointment, we will take the photos and X-rays needed by Medicaid for them to make an evaluation along with filling out a report for them detailing our findings. We send this into Medicaid. They evaluate the case and typically will provide their determination within four to six weeks. They will notify both our office and your family by mail. If they deny, and we noted in our report that the case was extremely severe, we may choose to appeal.  If the appeal is denied, your family has the further right to appeal. If approved, you would call our offices and make an appointment. As long as you have Medicaid coverage on the day of the appointment, Medicaid will then cover the cost of treatment in full.

So when should you bring your kids? The American Association of Orthodontics says see your orthodontist for your first visit by age 7. There is a lot we can do at that early age-- see another blog post for more details on this.

So, short answer: if you are looking for a Medicaid Orthodontist in Denver, Lakewood,  or Aurora, give us a call. We'll help you navigate your Medicaid coverage and take world-class care of your kids!

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