Oct 31st, 2009
When you think of braces, you probably think of pre-teens with a mouthful of metal, but, surprisingly, many adults get braces, too. Why?
Many people did not get braces when they were young because either their parents could not afford braces, or their teeth could not be straightened with the techniques of 40 years ago. Now they have problems with their teeth and gums, get indigestion all the time or they are just unhappy with their smile.
Other people did have orthodontic treatment when they were young, but they did not wear their retainers until they stopped growing (little known fact: you should wear your retainer until you are 24). The result is that their teeth are now a little bit crooked. Now they are unhappy with their smile so they get adult braces too.
As much as 25 percent of the orthodontic treatment being done is being done on adult patients. Most adults get orthodontic treatment because they realize that taking care of your smile is part of taking care of yourself.
Look at your smile – your smile is the most important feature on your face. Are you happy with your smile now? Does your smile look as good as it did when you were younger? What do you think about someone who has a pleasing smile – do you find them attractive? What do you think about someone who has an awful smile – do they look old and haggard? At the end of orthodontic treatment, people’s smiles end up looking fabulous. Adult braces can do this for you!
Oct 26th, 2009
If you find that you are employed by an employer who offers dental benefits, then you are in a great position and should take advantage of those dental benefits, because they are the best you will find. Many employers have dental benefits plus health benefits, making a nice package for their employees, so if you have that option, take it.
Why do employers get the best benefits?
Employers are able to get the best dental benefits plans because of sheer numbers. They can offer the insurance company higher premiums – this is because the employee pays a portion of the premium, and the rest is paid by the employer. Multiplied by several employees, and especially within large corporations where there can be several thousand employees, the insurance company will be receiving high premiums each month. The insurance companies then offer large companies excellent rates on their insurance policies, because they know the overall contract will be large. This allows employers to offer better overall dental plans to their employees than the employees would be able to get on their own.
When a dentist joins a dental network, they agree to offer discounted benefits to those on the plan. This discount can be as much as thirty-five percent. Dentists are also monitored to ensure that all patients are receiving quality care.
Many employers split the cost of the dental plan with their employees, which means that the employees can have affordable dental insurance benefits, which are typically better than individual dental insurance policies, for the same or less cost than an individual dental policy. When they go to the dentist, a portion of all bills will be paid by the insurance company, with a co payment due from the insured patient. This is better than a dental discount program, which simply offers discounted dental care.