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School is out!!

June 24th, 2015

School is finally out and many people like to take this opportunity to go out and have some summer fun at the beach, poolside, or even mountainside!  We have compiled a few tips and pointers for our patients to help keep them happy and smiling this summer:

*When’s your next ortho appointment? If you are going out of town, don’t forget to double check your calendar and make sure you don’t miss your next ortho appointment with us! If you need to reschedule, please call us right away.

* Do you have any poking wires that might bother you while you are away? 

* Do you have enough wax and rubber bands to last you through your trip?

* Did you pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, floss threaders and wax?

* Did you pack your retainer case?

* Please remember to put all removable appliances (Invisalign trays, retainers, bite plates, etc.) in their case prior to swimming/water activities.  We’ve heard it’s VERY hard to find a retainer at the bottom of a pool!

We hope all of our patients have a wonderful summer. Don’t forget to smile and have fun!!

 

Summer Promotion: $1,000 off Invisalign Treatment

June 4th, 2015

We are excited to announce our new Invisalign promotion: $1000 off Invisalign treatment! This promotion coupled with our in-office payment plans make Invisalign more affordable than ever. We can’t wait to help you achieve the smile you deserve! : )

Please call our office at 703-383-0090 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

* New patients only. Not available with other offers/promotions. Does not qualify for Invisalign Express cases. Expires August 31, 2015.

Parts of Braces/Orthodontic Appliances

April 29th, 2015

When a patient or parent calls our office to discuss something that is bothering one of our patients, it is important for them to know the different parts of braces so that we can understand their situation clearly. For instance, if a parent calls in and tells us that her son is at school and his braces are hurting, we need to know what exactly is bothering him to see if it’s normal or if the issue needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.  There is a certain amount of soreness expected after getting braces and after each adjustment.  However, if something is poking, rubbing, broken, or hurting, we can better diagnose the issue if you provide us with the location in the mouth as well as what is bothering them.

Braces consist of several different parts that work together to move teeth. Here is a picture of the basic parts of braces:

The diagram above should help you identify what is bothering the patient. The other important aspect to identify when addressing a problem is where it is located. The problem can either be with the upper teeth or the lower teeth. And it will either be on the left side of the mouth or the right side of the mouth. When identifying left/right, be sure to identify it from the patient’s perspective; not from the perspective of looking at the patient.

So, the next time you or your child has an orthodontic problem and you need to call in to the office, be sure to know what the problem is and where it is so that we can get straight to the source and take care of you in a quick and efficient manner.

Spring is here :)!

April 7th, 2015

We are welcoming this warm spring weather with open arms!

Insurances, Flexible Spending & Health Savings Accounts:
Along with the new year comes a lot of new insurance plans, health savings plans, and flexible spending plans. By now patients should be well aware of any insurance changes and should have received new insurance cards, if you have changed insurance or received a new card please call the office as soon as possible as to not affect or delay the processing of claims. As always, if you have any questions regarding insurances, payment plans, flexible spending or health savings accounts please feel free to call the office…we are here to help!

It’s Tax Season!:
Please notify us if you need an itemized receipt for your 2014 orthodontic expenses.

Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful spring weather and smiling their faces off!

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