Dr. Carlyle provides orthodontic treatments for kids, teens, and adults looking to improve their smiles and achieve more properly aligned teeth. Straighter teeth, of course, contribute to a nicer smile, and straight teeth can pave the way for a lifetime of great first impressions.

The three kinds of braces that Dr. Carlyle works with—clear braces, metal braces, and Invisalign—can provide both structural and social benefits.

Once braces have reduced or eliminated gaps between your teeth and corrected issues like underbites and overbites, then you can start experiencing the functional benefits of finding a better smile through braces.

Straighter teeth take a lot of the stress off teeth when you eat and chew food. Taking that stress away over time can mean less wear and tear, which can often translate into keeping your original teeth for your entire lifetime.

Straighter teeth can also make it easier to clean and floss your teeth—further contributing to your dental success for decades to come!

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Ways to Have a Great Relationship with Your Braces

Adults with braces understandably want to know how they can keep their teeth looking great for longer and what kinds of foods they can eat with braces.

  • Habits to Accentuate and Habits to Avoid

There are also some habits that adults with braces will want to accentuate (e.g., brushing after eating soft or sticky foods and perhaps using a floss threader to clean around braces) and habits you’ll want to avoid (chewing on ice cubes or smoking).

An interdental toothbrush can also help adults with braces keep their teeth clean and beautiful.

An interdental toothbrush can give you a deeper clean and help root out chewy or soft foods that have a way of embedding themselves around the brackets of your braces.

Although you should really try to eliminate or reduce chewy foods like bagels and some desserts, an interdental toothbrush is a nice tool to have if you ever wind up eating those chewy foods.

A lot of adults with braces also say that sticky foods like granola or chocolate bars can get lodged between their brackets and be hard to clean. Popcorn might be another food to avoid. Using an interdental toothbrush and flossing at least once per day can really help remove food debris.

  • Periodically Check for Loose Brackets or Wires

A little self-maintenance can go a long way between checkups and readjustments at Dr. Carlyle’s office. While you should always wear a mouthguard when playing sports, there are more ways for your brackets to come loose.

If as you run your tongue against your brackets you notice that one has come loose or a wire appears to be loose between one or more brackets, then contact Carlyle Orthodontics immediately.

Rubber bands used to bring your jaw into better alignment can also snap. It’s a good idea to stop into your orthodontists if that ever happens.

Making sure that you make every follow-up adjustment appointment at your orthodontist is also important because doing so every four to six weeks can ensure that your treatment is progressing along as scheduled.

  • Consider an Invisalign for Realignment

The American Association of Orthodontists has found that more adults are undergoing orthodontic treatment with metal braces and Invisalign than ever before in history. Nearly five million adults had braces in the last surveyed year—a 14% jump over a short two-year timespan.

Part of the reason is the comfort, convenience, and effectiveness of Invisalign, a kind of invisible aligner. Invisalign works for adults with braces since it’s removable, discrete and great for oral hygiene.

To learn more ways to have a great relationship with your braces, get in touch with us today! At Carlyle Orthodontics, we make your smile a priority.

Straighter teeth can absolutely pave the way for a nicer smile. Braces are one of the tools that orthodontists use to bring your teeth into closer alignment and produce dazzling smiles.

It’s kind of amazing what braces can do—braces can correct gaps between your teeth, underbites, overbites, and crossbites that put too much stress on the jaw.

Many people wouldn’t initially think it, but a poor bite could contribute to wear and tear on the teeth over time and even potentially exacerbate more serious conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

Braces could help correct many of these imbalances and can even realign protruding teeth so that they’re less prone to wear-and-tear stress as well as trauma. You might think that with all of the benefits braces offer—a brighter smile, better jaw alignment, and even improved oral health—that this would all end up costing a lot of money.

In fact, braces are more affordable than ever as orthodontists are willing to work with you, and your insurer, to find that payment schedule that works best for your budget. Affordable braces are within reach.

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Affordable Braces: Within Reach and Within Budget

The first thing that most new patients to Carlyle Orthodontics want to know is whether braces will be covered by their existing insurance. The answer often turns out to be “yes.” Carlyle Orthodontics accepts a number of different kinds of insurance plans, including: Delta Dental, TRICARE, MetLife, Cigma, and many more kinds of insurance.

Dr. Carlyle sees new patients from a range of age groups. Kids, teens, and adults are all encouraged to drop by for a scheduled consultation to discuss the possibility of braces.

  • The new patient process, payment plans, and orthodontic insurance

Digital photographs of a prospective patient’s teeth, supporting jaw structure, and face will be taken. Then, Dr. Carlyle will present you with your clinical findings on how well you would do with braces.

Both treatment options and an overview of costs will be discussed along with Dr. Carlyle’s clinical findings at your initial new patient exam.

Affordable braces are what Dr. Carlyle’s team wants, which is why you’ll discuss fees and payment options before planning out your treatment schedule. Dr. Carlyle’s office offers a no-down-payment option and works diligently to make affordable braces an option for all patients.

Dr. Carlyle’s office will work directly with your orthodontic insurance company to ensure that all of your orthodontic insurance benefits are being used fully. The staff at Carlyle Orthodontics goes one step further by filing claims and interacting with your orthodontic insurance company directly on your behalf. That means less stress and broader coverage.

  • Fees, discounts, and credit options to make braces affordable

Affordable braces can be made even more budget-friendly when you pay in advance. Carlyle Orthodontics has a policy of offering a significant fee discount for patients who make a full payment at the outset of orthodontic treatment. That’s one way to make affordable braces an attainable goal!

Dr. Carlyle’s staff can also work with you to spread payments over a lengthier period of time—thus, lowering the cost of each payment—in order to fit the financial needs of patients who need braces. Carlyle Orthodontics accepts payment from major credit card companies as well.

Credit finance, whether from small private loans or credit cards, are another way that you can make braces more affordable and budget friendly. Having a plan can end up saving you a lot of money in the long run since spreading payments over longer payment periods can significantly increase the likelihood of making on-time payments.

For more information, please contact Carlyle Orthodontics today!

Do you have questions for your orthodontist? You’re not alone! Following are four of the most frequently asked questions we get at our office. Start here to get a basic understanding of what it is we do, and please contact us if you have any other questions or concerns about your anticipated or upcoming dental work.

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1. What Is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry involving the diagnosis, supervision, guidance, and correction of issues regarding the misalignment of teeth and jaws. Orthodontists are specialty dentists who have trained and are experienced in this sub-field. Their primary task and skills center upon the design, application, and control of personalized corrective appliances that will prevent and treat individual dental and facial irregularities. Sometimes this is done as a medical necessity, while other times it is as a cosmetic choice.

2. At What Age Do People Schedule Orthodontic Screenings?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that everyone have an initial orthodontic screening by age 7. This is when most children have several key permanent teeth in place and thus allows us to best evaluate current and anticipated orthodontic conditions. Most orthodontic issues can be easily corrected if treated early, as corrective devices can be timed and coordinated with a child’s natural growth.

However, not everyone gets orthodontic treatment when they are young. We work with a large number of adult patients who are unhappy with their teeth and/or jaw alignment. For this, we say there’s no age too old to make an orthodontic screening! In fact, about one out of every five orthodontic patients is over 21 years old. We’re here to help you feel proud of your smile no matter how old (or young) you are.

3. What Should I Expect from My First Visit to the Orthodontist’s Office?

Every individual has their own orthodontics needs and expectations. That’s why we place such emphasis on treating each patient based on their individual circumstances and take pride in focusing on customized approaches for all of our patients.

When you arrive at our office, you’ll be greeted by a friendly treatment coordinator who will review your health history and ask you about the main concerns you have for yourself or your child. This will help our team determine the right treatment to meet your goals. We will take panoramic x-rays and perform a thorough examination to further determine the issue at hand and the possible treatments.

Following the examination, your orthodontist will explain the available treatment plans. You’ll then receive a full written treatment plan with a timeline and payment estimate. Office staff will assist you with any insurance or other questions you might have.

Are Metal Braces Necessary?

We live in an amazing era of innovation, with new medical solutions being invented, patented, and introduced to market every day. Modern day braces and other corrective procedures are significantly less noticeable and cumbersome than past models that featured heavy metal bands and brackets. Today, you can choose metal, clear, or ceramic brackets that can be bonded behind your teeth. We also offer Invisalign and other treatment options specially designed to minimize appliance appearance and better integrate with professional and active lifestyles. New options also include specialty wires that exert steady and gentle pressure, resulting in a faster and more comfortable smile-correcting process.

Of course, we know that this brief FAQ likely only brushes on the most pressing of your orthodontic questions and concerns. For more personalized information, contact our orthodontist’s office today and schedule an appointment!

Welcome to Carlyle Orthodontics! We’re thrilled that you’ve chosen us for your family’s orthodontic needs. Following is a look at everything you need to know about being a new patient with Carlyle Orthodontics and what to expect during your first orthodontic solutions appointment.

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The First Orthodontic Solutions Visit

When you arrive at our office, the first thing we’ll do is have a team member review your medical files and ask you what you’re looking for in orthodontic solutions. We’ll ask you about your goals and about any concerns you might have before setting you up in the exam room.

Keeping your needs in mind, we provide new patients with a full-mouth series of digital x-rays to assess your dental health and the health and shape of the anatomical structures in and around your mouth. Dr. Carlyle will then complete a thorough examination of your teeth, bite, and oral tissues.

Following the examination and photo review, Dr. Carlyle will recommend the best treatment options to meet your personal needs, goals, and budget constraints. A treatment coordinator will work with you to discuss the finer details of the treatment procedure, including how long it will take and what you can expect throughout the process.

Our goal in this discussion is to ensure that you have a clear picture of the necessary treatment and that you understand everything you need to in order to make an informed decision about whether to proceed with treatment.

Follow-Up Appointments

Your first consultation and your appointment to get your orthodontic solution—whether it’s braces, expanders, Invisalign, etc.—will be your longest, generally averaging between one and two hours. But after these first two major appointments, regular follow-up and check-in appointments to measure how the treatment is proceeding will all average between 20 and 40 minutes.

These appointments will be made at regular intervals 4 to 8 weeks apart, depending upon your treatment, and during our regular office hours of Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please note that we are an appointment-only office—this allows us to ensure that all patients receive prompt and personalized attention for the best customer service.

Making Financial Arrangements

We believe that all orthodontic solutions should be affordable and achievable. To accomplish this, we are happy to help new patients with filing the necessary paperwork to optimize the reimbursement of their dental plan benefits. We are considerate of budget constraints and will discuss fees and available payment options in full before your treatment begins.

Carlyle Orthodontics is also proud to offer a range of payment plans that are budget-flexible, including a special no-down-payment option. Patients who are able to pay in full at the onset of treatment will receive a discount. Our office is equipped to handle most major credit cards.

Online Access to Patient Paperwork

We know your time is valuable. That’s why we strive to make everything as streamlined and efficient as possible, including offering the necessary new patient paperwork right here on our website. Please feel free to download and print it so that you can fill it out at your convenience. Once you have completed it, you may either fax or email us a scanned copy, or bring it into our office at the time of your first appointment.

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New Patient Child Health Form

Schedule Your First Appointment Today

Now all that’s left is to contact us and schedule your first appointment! Contact us via the web or call 407-447-9060.

Orthodontists are specialist dental professionals with years of experience helping patients straighten crooked teeth, bring missing teeth into closer alignment with surrounding teeth, and correct issues of the supporting jaw.

The orthodontists at Carlyle Orthodontics have completed four years of dental school in addition to three years of specialist orthodontic training.

This means that no matter what treatment option you receive from Carlyle Orthodontics, you can rest assured that you’re getting the right orthodontic solutions to address your dental issues.

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Every Patient Receives Truly Customized Treatments

Since every patient has different dental needs, orthodontists at Carlyle Orthodontics will work with you to find the right solution.

This could mean metal or clear braces to address an underbite or overbite or a computer-generated Invisalign aligner to gently move your teeth into closer alignment over time.

Carlyle Orthodontics Treats a Wide Range of Concerns

There are a number of conditions for which braces might be an ideal solution. These include things like: a deep bite, underbite, protruding front or “bucked” teeth, open bite, chewing difficulties, large gaps between teeth, and a lower jaw that shifts while chewing foods.

The trained orthodontists at Carlyle Orthodontics have seen and successfully treated all of these issues and realize that no two patients are identical. Customized treatments set us apart.

Dr. Carlyle Is Highly Qualified, Friendly, and Experienced

Dr. Carlyle earned her masters degree in organic chemistry prior to receiving her DDS from the University of California-San Diego.

She’s received several awards since that time and completed her three-year specialist treatment at the Health Sciences Center at the University of Tennessee.

Today, Dr. Carlyle brings care and professionalism to children, adolescent, and adult patients. She focuses her work on tailoring orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments to each patient’s unique needs.

Orthodontic Solutions Are for Most Ages

Carlyle Orthodontics is also unique in that we see a huge age range of patients.

Early orthodontic treatments are frequently discussed between pediatric dentists and parents, starting when children are around seven years old.

At that age, there’s usually a clear idea of how the child’s teeth are coming along, and the American Association of Orthodontists also recommends a consultation with parents at age seven.

It’s best to address orthodontic issues early, and age seven is about when permanent incisors and molars start to come in. That being the case, dentists and orthodontists can often detect issues like overcrowding early in the process.

Having said that, one in five patients who come to Carlyle Orthodontics are adult patients, so it’s never too late to correct an alignment issue. Alignment issues are also frequently treated in adolescent patients who come to Carlyle Orthodontics.

It’s great to get these issues out of the way early in the developmental process since teeth alignment issues are much easier to treat early. A lot of teens will love hearing that they can improve their appearance with braces and that the placement of brackets and bands doesn’t hurt!

Carlyle Orthodontics Has a Ton of Positive Reviews!

One of the first things that patients want to know is about other patients’ experiences with a dental professional.

Because Dr. Carlyle treats every patient as an individual—respecting and acknowledging each patient’s needs—the positive reviews have piled up. Check them all out here.

On Google+, patients raved that they “loved the office” and that they had a “wonderful experience” with Dr. Carlyle and her staff. You really can have a positive orthodontic experience while improving your health and self-esteem. Contact us to learn more!

The benefits of smiling are easily felt and recognized: Smiling has actually been shown to increase feel-good chemicals like endorphins, lower stress, and make us seem more approachable and perhaps even more attractive.

Some people are hesitant to smile, though, because they feel their teeth aren’t straight enough. Perhaps they’re dealing with multiple gaps in their teeth, an underbite, or teeth that are too tightly spaced (“crowding”).

Metal braces and clear braces, as well as virtually invisible aligners like Invisalign, can correct many of these common alignment and bite issues so that you can have the smile that you’ve always wanted.

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Before, During, and After Braces: How Braces Work

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that parents should consider bringing their children to an orthodontist for a consultation at age seven.

You might think that this is too early for orthodontic work or that you have more baby teeth than permanent teeth at that point in your life. And anyway, aren’t braces only for adolescents?

Early Treatments Are Increasingly Common

Early treatments are becoming more popular for a few reasons. Even at this young age, children’s permanent incisors and molars are likely coming in.

Orthodontists at Carlyle Orthodontics can identify very subtle tooth and jaw developmental issues and help steer children’s and adolescents’ teeth in the right direction when their bodies are still growing and can more easily accommodate these dental corrections.

It’s very common for children to come in with their parents so that they can get checked out and receive an orthodontic consultation to ensure that their development is going smoothly.

Preparing for Life with Braces: New Patient Exams

Once you’ve decided that you want to explore the option of improving your smile through life with braces, Dr. Carlyle and her staff will give you a new patient exam to determine whether you’re a good candidate for braces.

Digital photographs are taken of your teeth, jaw, and face. From there, Dr. Carlyle will make a thorough personal examination of your teeth and surrounding oral tissues before taking a look at your bite.

You may intuit that you have, for instance, an overbite, and that’s okay. Orthodontists and their staff are there to help you discover a more beautiful smile in a relaxing environment.

After the new patient exam, Dr. Carlyle will go through her clinical findings with you, address any questions or lingering concerns that you have, and give a personal recommendation for treatment options.

If you and your orthodontic staff agree on a treatment option, then impressions of your teeth will be taken. You’ll also discuss the timeline and cost for your treatment, as well as appointment schedule.

Getting Your Braces Installed

Getting your braces installed is a fairly painless and quick process. The orthodontist will clean and dry your teeth before putting on the bonding glue that will hold the brackets in place.

Then, archwire can be placed into each bracket to connect them and bring your teeth into a more perfect alignment. The entire process may take around an hour or two depending on your needs.

The treatment process for an Invisalign is slightly different, and you can read more about it here.

The diagnostic process is similar, but with an Invisalign you’ll be wearing a new set of aligners every two weeks to achieve a better smile.

After Braces Come Off

Removable or fixed retainers are typical after your braces come off to ensure lasting results. Ask your orthodontist at Carlyle Orthodontics if you’re a candidate for a clear retainer!

Wearing braces, whether you’re a teenager or an adult, can be difficult. However, the benefits of braces far outweigh any of the downsides. That’s true for both adults and teenagers.

Taking care of basic dental maintenance doesn’t stop when you’ve got braces, though. In fact, people wearing braces can be more susceptible to food-related debris because of the wiring.

Wearing braces can alter the way you take care of basic oral hygiene, especially flossing. Use these three tips to learn how to floss with braces in the way.

After all, you’ll want those perfectly straight teeth to be clean and healthy once the braces come off!

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Get the Right Dental Floss

To floss the right way with braces, first buy the right type of dental floss. With so many different products available, it can be hard to sort through your options. Using what you already have in the bathroom cabinet may not be ideal.

When you’re wearing braces, waxed dental floss is the best choice. Waxed floss is ideal because unwaxed floss can get caught and shred in your braces.

Using a special dental floss for people wearing braces can also work well if your dentist recommends a particular brand.

Use Plenty of Floss

Flossing is the best way to remove food that could be stuck in your braces and around the gum line. However, flossing doesn’t work as well when you skimp on the length of the dental floss that you’re using.

When you get ready to floss, you’ll want to wind about 18 inches of dental floss around your fingers. That way, you can unspool more floss as you go and use a clean piece each time. That will work the best for your teeth.

If you don’t use a long enough piece of floss, you could just be moving the plaque on the surface of your teeth and the food caught in your braces from one area to the next.

Ask Your Dentist for Help

Your dentist won’t be there with you every time you floss, but that doesn’t mean he or she can’t be helpful in showing you how to floss with braces the first time. In fact, your dentist may even have some expert tips that make the job a lot easier for you.

After you get your braces—or even during a checkup—have your dentist show you how to floss with braces. If there’s some aspect of flossing that’s unclear to you, don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Your dentist wants you to floss the right way and maintain optimal dental health while you’re wearing your braces.

Contact Carlyle Orthodontics to learn how to floss with braces. Carlyle Orthodontics can also help you with teen and adult braces, as well as procedures like Invasilign. Whatever your need to perfect your smile, Carlyle Orthodontics can help.

Achieving and maintaining a beautiful smile takes a bit of care and work for everyone, but it can be more difficult for people who have grown up with an orthodontic issue like an underbite. But just because someone’s mouth has an inherent problem doesn’t mean it has to stay like that forever.

There has never been a more revolutionary period in dental procedures. Today, industry professionals are capable of making incredible improvements that were previously impossible. As a result, no matter your dental issue, you can have a stunning smile with the appropriate treatments! These include underbite correction.

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The Basics of Underbites

An underbite, technically referred to as prognathism, occurs when a person’s lower teeth overlap his or her upper teeth when the jaw is clenched shut. It’s estimated that 1 out of 10 Americans is born with this condition, but the severity can vary drastically and may develop as the result of an outside condition or accident.

People with a pronounced underbite often experience the following:

  • Difficulties eating
  • Challenges with speaking and enunciating certain words
  • Chronic jaw or joint pain leading to frequent headaches and earaches
  • Chronic mouth breathing and bacterial infections
  • Sleep apnea, snoring, and other overnight breathing issues
  • Tooth decay due to the excessive and abnormal wearing of tooth enamel

Underbite Correction without Surgery

Thanks to new technologies, not all underbites require surgery. Today, most mild and moderate underbites can be effectively treated with nonsurgical orthodontic procedures. Children in particular are great candidates for nonsurgical underbite correction because their jaws will develop alongside the correction method.

For both children and adults, a combination of the following nonsurgical underbite treatments may be used:

  • Upper Jaw Expander. This expanding device is fitted and placed at the roof of the patient’s mouth. During the course of the prescribed treatment, patients will use a special key to widen the upper jaw expander. This gradually increases the size of the patient’s dental arch to properly reposition the upper jaw’s bite over the lower jaw.
  • Reverse Pull Face Mask. This is an upgraded version of traditional orthodontic head gear that can be taken off and put on as needed. When on, it wraps around the head and attaches to metal bands on the top back teeth. Over time, the mask pulls the upper jaw into the correct position.
  • Chin Caps. Chin caps wrap around the chin and head to stop growth, movement, and protrusion of a patient’s lower jaw.
  • Cosmetic Correction. For mild cases in adults, a “facelift” approach may be taken in which veneers are used to make the underbite less visible and improve lower and upper jaw functionality.
  • Braces. Braces are generally used to secure and finalize a properly adjusted smile after the aforementioned steps have been taken.

Underbite Correction with Surgery

A person with a moderate or severe underbite may require surgical treatment to achieve the best underbite correction for his or her mouth. This is often a must for older adults whose jaws are fully developed and less malleable.

Most surgical procedures involve repositioning the lower jaw and pulling the upper jaw forward. As with the nonsurgical options, the orthodontist will most likely recommend braces, both before and after surgery, to achieve the best results. The braces may be made of traditional metal, ceramic, or the newer Invisalign materials and are often required for an average of one year throughout the course of the underbite correction.

For more information about these underbite correction procedures, contact us today!

Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the prevention and correction of irregular teeth. Orthodontic corrections primarily involve the fitting of braces or brace alternatives like Invisalign. Because it is a subcategory of dentistry that is generally, but not always, done for aesthetic purposes, it isn’t always covered by dental insurance plans. The following is a quick look at orthodontic insurance: what it covers and how to get it.

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Review Your Current Dental Plan Coverage

The first step is to review your current health care and dental plans. Orthodontic insurance benefits are a subcategory of dental insurance and often do not work like traditional health and dental benefits. Instead of offering annual out-of-pocket maximums, orthodontic benefits typically have a lifetime out-of-pocket maximum.

This means that, unlike your standard health and dental insurance benefits, orthodontic benefits never renew. Once that lifetime maximum has been met, there will be no more benefits to collect. The few plans that have an annual maximum are typically written with a 24-month maximum so that the orthodontic benefit will not exceed, for instance, $2,000 if the annual maximum is $1,000.

When reviewing your current dental plan for orthodontic insurance benefits, check for any age restrictions. Orthodontic insurance benefits that come as part of a dental benefits package often have age restrictions limiting the benefits to members under the age of either 19 or 26. In these scenarios, orthodontic insurance typically ends on the day before the member’s 19th or 26th birthday. Avoid scheduling services close to this date because insurance companies typically will not pay for services received after this termination date.

Research Quality Orthodontic Plans for Adults

Most people who come to us for orthodontic treatment are not teenagers or young adults. Straight, Hollywood-style teeth have become a norm in our society, and many of our patients come to us post-college, seeking to improve their appearance and boost their confidence. Braces are an effective way to straighten teeth that have grown in crooked, realign the jaw, and remedy overcrowded teeth. But to get them at the lowest cost to you will take a bit of research.

Begin by carefully comparing your options. Not all dental plans are created equal, and most of them will have minimal orthodontic benefits unless you specifically request them. Many have red tape frustrations like plan limitations, waiting periods, discounts, and variable copayments. Use a database like DentalPlans—a website comparing over 40 low-cost plans—to get a baseline for annual fees, discounts, and offerings in your area.

What we see most often in our offices are orthodontic insurance plans that offer 50% coverage with maximum lifetime benefits ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. $1,000 is normal, $1,500 is good, $2,000 is great, and $2,500 is outstanding if you’re looking for braces. The 50% coverage is up to the lifetime maximum. So if you get a quote of $5,000 for a 24-month treatment and have a $2,000 benefit, those benefits would pay only that $2,000 to maximize your coverage.

How this is paid out will differ based on the company and plan you choose. Some will pay in full at the start of treatment while others will pay on a monthly or quarterly basis. Depending upon your household insurance plans, you may be able to combine and coordinate benefits to further reduce out-of-pocket expenses.

For more information about orthodontics and getting a personalized treatment quote at Carlyle Orthodontics, contact us today.

Ah, the joys of childhood. It’s a special time that should be filled with some of life’s most exciting moments.

Days are spent studying the three “Rs” and taking advantage of extracurricular activities like debate, ballet, and band. Afternoons are for athletics. Friday nights are all about sleepovers, popcorn, and Netflix. Saturdays are for dressing up and hanging out with friends.

The simple pleasures of youth are enough to put a big, bright smile on a kid’s face—even if that kid has braces.

Life with braces isn’t what it used to be for kids. It’s better!

Gone are the days when wearing wires on your teeth meant you couldn’t play an instrument, participate in competitive athletics, munch popcorn with your friends, or look stylish every day. These days, life with braces comes with very few restrictions.

Here’s a look at three reasons why braces don’t have to interfere with the joys of childhood:

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1) Traditional Braces Have Gotten Better

The braces kids are wearing today are entirely different (and much better) from those kids wore just 10 years ago.

Engineers have created wires that don’t cut into the sides of the mouth as much as they did in the past. Palate expanders, which are common today, have shortened the amount of time kids have to wear braces.

That’s not to say wearing braces won’t affect your kids’ ability to play a musical instrument or participate in sports. It just means they may have to make some strategic decisions to perform at their peak and protect themselves.

For example, today’s braces still make it difficult to play a trumpet. But flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, and bassoon are all good options. And the wires on the teeth could still cut your kid’s mouth if he or she gets hit while playing sports, but that’s nothing a mouth guard can’t prevent.

2) Some Braces Are Virtually Invisible

If you’re willing to forgo traditional braces, your kids can play whatever instrument they want, participate in any sport without worrying they will injure their mouths, and eat anything at any time.

Invisalign for teens makes this possible.

Invisalign requires your kids to wear a series of clear, nearly invisible plastic retainers, each one slowly tightening teeth into place.

The beauty of Invisalign is that the retainers can be removed at any time, allowing kids to play instruments or eat anything they want. In other words, Invisalign makes living life with braces nearly identical to living life without braces.

That’s something every kid can love!

3) Braces Are More Stylish Than Ever

The days of braces being available only in a stainless steel design are long gone. Today’s braces are more stylish than ever.

They come in an array of colors and shapes, so your kids are sure to always to look fabulous when you drop them off to meet their friends at the mall—and they will always feel free to smile at that special someone when their eyes lock from across the food court.

Give Your Kids a Smile That’s Worthy of Their Childhood

Every kid deserves the opportunity to experience all of the joys of youth—from studying in school to playing an instrument to participating in sports to always looking fabulous.

Thankfully, today’s braces are as fashionable and safe as they are functional.

If you’re ready to find out how to keep your kids smiling through their childhood, connect with Carlyle Orthodontics today.