orthodontics

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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