5 Tips for Finding an Orthodontist

How to Choose an Orthodontist

Orthodontia is an investment, and as with any other investment, you’ll want to make sure you’re picking the best version possible. Choosing an orthodontist can seem intimidating, but we’ve compiled a list of what to look for in an orthodontist to make the process as easy as possible for you.

1. A Variety of Payment Options

While cost is obviously one of the most important considerations when pondering orthodontic treatment, it’s much better in the long run to choose the right orthodontist rather than a cheap DIY alternative that could go wrong. Finding a practice that offers several different payment options and financing can ensure you can afford the treatment you need for yourself or your child. You should also select a participating provider for insurance purposes.

Learn more about your options at Adirondack Orthodontics here! We are a participating provider with most insurances and can work with you to create a customized payment plan.

2. Convenient Scheduling & Location

Most orthodontic treatments take place over the course of months, involving multiple visits to the office. Make sure your orthodontist is conveniently located near your home and that they offer flexible scheduling.

At Adirondack Orthodontics, we have offices in Albany, Clifton Park, Latham, East Greenbush, and Glens Falls, and each location has convenient scheduling options!

3. Education & Experience

If you’re wondering how to choose a good orthodontist, experience and education are important indicators. Your orthodontist should be board certified and a member of the American Dental Association and the American Board of Orthodontics. They should also have years of experience and stay up to date on the latest industry advancements.

Here at Adirondack Orthodontics, we have Dr. Sergey Berenshteyn, the fully certified and experienced orthodontist you can trust in the Capital Region. We are also proud to be a Diamond Provider with Invisalign.

4. Consultation Options

The right orthodontist should offer you a free consultation, in which they assess your smile goals and tell you about what treatment plan will work best for you. After all, you deserve a chance to get to know the practice and learn more about your options before you’re asked to pay for any service.

At Adirondack Orthodontics, we always offer free, no-obligation consultations! Click here to schedule yours today.

5. Trusted by the Community

One of the best ways to narrow down which orthodontist is right for you is to find one with a great reputation in the community. Online reviews make this easier than ever, and we have plenty to share with you! Take a look at what our patients are saying on our Reviews Page .

Once you’ve read over our suggestions on how to find a good orthodontist, call on the team at Adirondack Orthodontics. We understand that you want to know how to choose the right orthodontist because you take your dental health seriously, and we’re here to offer trustworthy service and convenience you won’t find elsewhere in the Capital Region.

Give us a call today or schedule a free consultation online.


Top 5 Ways We Keep Orthodontia Affordable

Cost & Convenience

At Adirondack Orthodontics, we make it possible for everyone to have a beautiful, healthy, and straight smile. We start by working with you to create a customized payment plan and educating you about all of your insurance and payment options. If you have any questions along the way, we’re always here to help! Take a look below at the top ways we aim to make our services as affordable and accessible as possible.

1. Financing

Financing options such as CareCredit can give you the opportunity to use a paid-in-full discount with no money down and 0% interest financing.

2. Easy Pay Options

Pay your bills from the convenience of our website and take advantage of autopay to make the process as simple as possible.

3. Insurance

Make sure we’re a participating provider with your insurance, which will give you access to the best prices. We also offer special financing if we are out of your network.

4. Adjustable Payment Plans

We understand that life happens and your financial situation may change. If you start an orthodontic treatment plan and something impacts your ability to keep up with bills, be sure to contact us. We will come up with a solution that works for everyone!

5. Special Offers

Occasionally we pass on additional savings to our patients in the form of special offers. When you begin discussing your orthodontic care and financial plan with our team, we can tell you more about our current offers.

No matter your budget or insurance, the team at Adirondack Orthodontics wants to make financing, payment, and insurance as simple and seamless as possible. We would love to build a payment plan that works for you.

Give us a call today and let us make your treatment affordable and accessible!


Getting A “Perfect 10” Smile Is Easier Than You Think

This post originally appeared in the Albany Times Union.


Do you cover your mouth when you laugh? Do you avoid smiling in photographs because you’re embarrassed about the way you look? Do you avoid smiling most of the time?

Anyone who has misaligned teeth knows the deep psychological and social impact it can have. You feel unattractive, which damages your self-esteem. Some people even avoid parties and other social events because they’re self-conscious about the way they look.

With orthodontic treatment, it’s possible to turn this situation around. And despite common assumptions, it’s not a lengthy process. And it’s more affordable than you think.

No matter your age, here’s how you can have a perfectly straight set of pearly whites that you can show off for a lifetime.

The metal mouth myth

You don’t have to get a mouthful of metal brackets to straighten your teeth. This misconception often keeps people from pursuing the beautiful smile they want.

Technology has improved dramatically over the years, allowing for faster, more efficient treatment and a wider range of braces. During your first orthodontic visit, the doctor will ask about your goals, your concerns, and your lifestyle. From there, he can recommend an appliance that best suits your needs.

If you decide to go the traditional route, know that metal braces have become sleeker and more comfortable. Orthodontists also have the option of using clear ceramic braces and products such as Invisalign.

If you’ve had braces or other dental work in the past, you may remember the orthodontist packing your mouth full of goop to get an impression of your mouth and bite. Today, orthodontists use digital scanners to get an accurate impression. No more goop!

Adirondack Orthodontics, for example, uses iTero Scanners to take 3D images of your teeth and bite. The technology provides improved diagnostic information and eliminates molds (e.g., goop). The procedure more comfortable and you and your dentist can see your teeth in 3D.

Perfect smile options

What’s the best time to correct your smile? As early as possible.

Even if your child still has baby teeth, she can still start treatment for a perfect smile. Not all children need early treatment, but an orthodontist can determine whether your child’s dental environment is developing normally.

If your child does need treatment, it can begin as early as age six or seven. At this age, the jaw is still growing, which makes it easier to address issues such as crowding.

Two of the most important issues to address early are crossbites (tooth or teeth point inward) and protruding front teeth. Crossbites can cause jawbones to grow unevenly while protruding front teeth risk fracture or injury.

An orthodontist can correct these and other issues relatively easily with the following treatments:

  • Dental modification – to regain lost space from premature tooth loss or maintain space from premature baby tooth loss.
  • Elimination of habits – tongue thrusting and thumb-sucking, for example.
  • Skeletal modification – crossbite correction, underbite correction, and excessive overjet correction.

Comprehensive Treatment

Teenagers and adults can receive comprehensive treatment, which often means some type of braces. Metal braces are the most common type of braces because they correct a wide range of issues, including:

  • Over/underbites
  • Crooked teeth
  • Improperly aligned teeth
  • Gapped teeth

During the installation procedure, an orthodontist applies brackets to your teeth’s surface. Metal wires connect the brackets. Over time, continuous pressure from the tightened wires moves teeth into position.

The metal braces of today are smaller and lighter than before. Teens can even get colored ties to suit their fun personality.

Clear braces work much like metal braces. Instead of metal brackets, however, the orthodontist uses clear porcelain or ceramic.

Adults and teens alike appreciate the discrete nature of clear braces. They’re not invisible, but they’re less obvious than metal.

Clear aligners have become a popular perfect-smile option for teens and adults alike. Invisalign is the most common and recognized brand, currently treating more than 2.5 million patients worldwide.

Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a sequence of clear retainer-like aligners that fit over the teeth. Over time, the appliances move teeth to their optimal positions.

You need to wear the aligner 22 hours a day, taking them out only for meals and to brush your teeth. Teen aligners have blue compliance indicators to make sure they’re wearing them enough.

Like regular braces, you’ll schedule checkups every six to eight weeks. The average treatment time is only one year.

How Adirondack Orthodontics can help

Ready to start smiling again? Visit Adirondack Orthodontics, with offices in Albany, Clifton Park, East Greenbush, Glens Falls, and Latham, New York.

Adirondack Orthodontics offers a wide range of treatment options for kids, teens, and adults. Led by Dr. Sergey Berenshteyn, Adirondack Orthodontics combines advanced technology with friendly service to create healthy smiles daily.


The Importance of Retainers

After investing in your straight, healthy smile, it makes sense to do everything you can to keep it. Retention is just as important as the rest of the process, and this is what a retainer is for. Your retainer is made specifically for you, custom-designed to fit your teeth exactly and keep them in the desired position. Once your orthodontic treatment is complete, wearing your retainer at night, and keeping it clean and cared for, is essential to preventing your teeth from moving.

Occasional wear and tear is normal, as is outgrowing a retainer. No matter the circumstances you find yourself in, the team at Adirondack Orthodontics will be there to help keep you on track.

Has your retainer worn out?
Retainers can last for many years, but wear and tear does occur. If you wear your retainer every night and it still fits you, we can easily create a duplicate retainer.

Does your retainer no longer fit, but you’re still happy with your smile?
Maybe you’ve forgotten to wear your retainer a few too many times. If this is the case, your teeth may have moved. While this is not ideal, we can create a new retainer that fits your mouth. Please don’t attempt to use your current retainer if it doesn’t fit; it’s better to simply have us create a new retainer that suits the current shape of your mouth.

Does your retainer no longer fit, and is your smile not as straight and even as you’d like it to be?
Failing to wear a retainer for a long time may mean that you need help getting your teeth back to where they were. If you have an extreme overbite or underbite once again, or if your teeth are crooked, you may need to schedule an appointment to reevaluate your treatment plan. Fortunately, you probably won’t be starting from scratch.

While we always recommend faithfully wearing your retainer once your treatment is complete, we are here to help with fixing your retainer or recommending the services you need to achieve a beautiful smile once again.

Contact Adirondack Orthodontics for assistance with all of your retainer and orthodontic needs; we would be delighted to tell you more and help you begin or continue your journey to the smile you’ve always wanted.


Dr. Garrison Copeland Joins Adirondack Orthodontics

Adirondack Orthodontics, a locally owned and operated orthodontic practice that serves thousands of Capital Region patients and families, today announced that Dr. Garrison Copeland has joined its growing team of skilled, caring, and compassionate orthodontists.

Dr. Copeland previously practiced orthodontics for seven years in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, where he was responsible for helping more than 3,000 patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. For the past two years, he chose to continue his training at BronxCare Health Systems, where he focused on cosmetic and implant dentistry and was named chief resident. This year, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he volunteered in the hospital’s Family Medicine Department, assisting COVID-19 patients with treatment and recovery.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Copeland to our talented and caring professional team,” said Dr. Sergey Berenshteyn, who founded the practice in 2012. “Garrison’s exceptional skills as an orthodontist, combined with his commitment to providing personalized and compassionate care, make him a perfect fit with Adirondack Orthodontics. As a practice that is proud to be locally owned and operated, we look forward to enhancing our mission of helping children and adults in our community lead healthier, more confident, and more fulfilling lives.”

Growing up with severely misaligned teeth, Dr. Copeland understood at an early age the significance of having a healthy and aesthetic smile. Determined to help others facing similar circumstances, he pursued a career in orthodontics. Dr. Copeland earned his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society. He went on to earn his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Howard University in Washington, DC and upon graduating was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Society. He completed post-graduate orthodontic training at Case Western Reserve University in Chicago, Illinois.

One of the Capital Region’s largest locally owned and operated orthodontic practices, Adirondack Orthodontics serves more than 2,000 patients annually. Dr. Copeland joins Dr. Berenshteyn, Dr. Larissa Takhalova, and a staff of 15 working at offices in Albany, Latham, East Greenbush, and Clifton Park.

Adirondack Orthodontics’ state-of-the-art facilities include the latest high-tech equipment, such as the iTero Intraoral Scanner, which replaces alginate molds with digital impressions. Its patient-friendly benefits include participation with most major insurances; flexible in-office payment plans; paperless communication; and the ability to receive treatment at any of its four locations. Adirondack Orthodontics is open and staffed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., offers evening hours, and one Saturday each month.


Help Us Win Best of 2020!

Help Us Win Best of 2020!

Each year, people throughout the Capital Region nominate businesses to participate in the Times Union’s Best of the Capital Region contest, and readers vote for their favorites in each category. Adirondack Orthodontics is proud to have been nominated for the Best of 2020 in the “best dentist/orthodontist” category!

Please help us win by casting your vote and showing your support for our team. Voting begins on February 24th at 6:00 am Eastern and ends on Thursday, March 5th. Every person can vote once per day throughout the voting period, and even better, each voter is automatically entered to win $500!

Don’t forget to click “share” on the voting page to encourage others to vote. Thank you for all of your support, which has allowed us to stand out in the Capital Region.

How to Vote


Fourth Location Opening Mid-January

Fourth Location Opening Mid-January

 

Every year, we aim to make our services even more convenient for patients throughout the Capital District. To help with that, Adirondack Orthodontics is proud to announce a new office coming to a convenient location in East Greenbush, which will be open in mid-January of 2020! Hours at our new location will be from 9:30 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday, with spots on Saturday by appointment only.

Creating a fourth location will allow us to continue to provide full orthodontic treatments and services for patients of all ages. In addition to the central placement of our new location, patients will benefit from flexible payment options, services provided by experienced professionals, and the latest orthodontic solutions. When you’re searching for affordable orthodontic solutions, you don’t have to compromise to get what you want. Adirondack Orthodontics works with most major insurance companies and can provide payment options that work for you and your family.

As we open more locations, we will be better able to serve a wide range of patients in East Greenbush, Clifton Park, Albany, Latham, and beyond! If you would like to become a patient at the new office of Adirondack Orthodontics, call us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you at 4 Middle Mannix Road, Suite 100, in Rensselaer, NY.


Make Invisalign Treatment Your 2020 Resolution

Make Invisalign Treatment Your 2020 Resolution

The most common New Year’s resolutions involve changing your lifestyle to improve your physical and mental well-being. As you create your goals for the upcoming year, put your smile on the top of the list! Orthodontic treatment is an investment that will pay off not just this year but for the rest of your life, and Invisalign may be the right treatment for you.

The Advantages of Invisalign

Invisalign has become more popular over the years and remains one of the most requested orthodontic treatments, and with good reason! This treatment is nearly invisible (hence the name) and far more comfortable than alternatives. Invisalign involves the use of custom, discreet aligners. Read on to find out more about the benefits of Invisalign over other teeth-straightening methods.

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

Invisalign has gained popularity over traditional braces due to comfort and convenience. This treatment won’t leave your mouth full of brackets and metal that make it difficult to eat and speak. Instead, you will be given a series of customized clear aligners that can barely be seen and can be taken out at any time. Reasons to choose Invisalign instead of traditional braces include:

  • Invisalign requires fewer office visits in general, as you won’t need to come in for wire changes.
  • Invisalign treatment takes the same amount or less time than traditional braces.
  • Invisalign aligners are removable, making it easy to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
  • Invisalign maintenance is easy: simply rinse and soak your aligners to keep them clean.

Invisalign vs. DIY Teeth Straightening Kits

While all the dangers of do-it-yourself teeth straightening kits are still unknown, some of the consequences have already come to light: gum recession, enamel erosion, tooth loss, and more. When your treatment isn’t created just for you by an experienced orthodontist who has examined your teeth, the results can be immediate and long-term damage to your teeth, roots, and jaw. Other reasons to choose Invisalign rather than a DIY teeth straightening kit include:

  • Invisalign will involve the help of an experienced orthodontist to monitor the process.
  • Invisalign is customized to address specific issues that have been found by an exam and X-rays.
  • Invisalign won’t cause long-term issues like infections.
  • Invisalign will save time and money by ensuring your teeth are properly aligned the first time.
  • Invisalign ensures long-term retention, as it involves a plan for care and future office visits.
  • Invisalign won’t harm or damage your teeth and jaw.

Paying for Invisalign

While the overall price of Invisalign may seem high, the results far outweigh the cost; the adage “you get what you pay for” certainly applies to orthodontia. Invisalign is an investment in the health of your teeth and the appearance of your smile, and Adirondack Orthodontics can guide you through the process of budgeting and paying for the treatment.

First, we recommend checking to make sure we’re a participating provider with your insurance. Next, we can come up with a payment plan that spreads over the duration of the treatment, with low down payment options and our in-house 0% interest payment plan. Finally, we can help you take advantage of our regular and special discounts, including discounts for teachers, first responders, police officers, multiple siblings, and more.

No matter your budget, we will work with you to find a solution so you can get the orthodontic treatment you need and deserve. Just discuss your budget and needs during your initial appointment at our office.

Find Out If You’re a Candidates

Most people who could use the help of braces are good candidates for Invisalign. The best way to find out if Invisalign is right for you is to call the team at Adirondack Orthodontics!

Call us today to schedule a free consultation so we can discuss this effective, affordable, and fast orthodontic treatment with you in greater detail. Our team would love to help you put your best smile forward in 2020. Get in touch with us now to get started.


How to Make Orthodontics More Affordable

How to Make Orthodontics More Affordable

A healthy, beautiful smile is a long-term investment, yet many people assume they can’t afford it. Fortunately, Adirondack Orthodontics makes it as easy as possible for patients to pay for the treatments they need. From guiding you through the process of insurance and medical spending accounts to offering discounts and various payment methods, the team at Adirondack Orthodontics is here to help you save on your most important investment: your health.

FSAs & HSAs: What You Need to Know

Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) are related, but each offers distinct ways to save money on health care. While both allow patients to use pre-tax dollars for certain health expenses, there are some important differences between the two.

FSAs enable you to set aside pre-tax dollars to use towards specific health care, including orthodontic treatment. Not only can FSAs be used for your own deductibles and office visits, but they can also be used for your dependents as well. Employers set up the FSA and have control over them; they get to decide the rollover rules, and contributions can only be changed during open enrollment.

An HSA is a bit more restrictive in some ways and less restrictive in others. While an HSA enables you to use pre-tax income towards medical costs just like an FSA does, an HSA can be utilized only if you have a high-deductible health plan. As the owner of an HSA, you have control over changing contributions and can bring your account with you if your employment changes. You also have the ability to contribute more to your account, meaning you will have a greater amount set aside to help with orthodontia and other medical bills.

By using an FSA or HSA for necessary medical expenses, you can save money in the long run. Generally, using one of these accounts won’t give you a straightforward discount on the treatment you need. What it does is help you to save money on your taxes. At a minimum, you’ll save the money that would have been taxed on the income you set aside; at maximum, you might be able to put yourself in a lower tax bracket altogether.

Keep in mind that the next deadline for making your FSA contribution is December 31, 2019, while the deadline for HSA contributions is April 15, 2020. If you have any questions about how to utilize your plan, call the knowledgeable staff members at Adirondack Orthodontics.

Choosing a Participating Provider

If you have insurance, selecting an in-network (participating) provider will allow you to make the most of it. When you choose a participating provider, you ensure that your provider will accept the fees set by the insurance company. Plus, many participating providers can offer extra assistance, maximizing your benefits. They understand the insurance company’s rules and procedures – they’re in the network – and will often handle paperwork and claims for you.

At Adirondack Orthodontics, we participate with almost every insurer in the area, but we recommend you check with yours to be sure. That way, you won’t be blindsided by a bill that you thought would be covered by your insurance.

Other Ways to Save

Adirondack Orthodontics is always searching for ways to help our patients save on their orthodontic treatments, both immediately and over long periods of time. Some of the ways we help you save include:

  • Spread Out Payments: Extended payment plans and low down-payment options allow you to pay a little upfront and spread payments out over time.
  • Pay Now or Later: Whether you want to take advantage of our paid in full discount by paying upfront or paying over time with an interest-free payment plan, we are here to help.
  • Sibling Discount: If you have more than one child who needs treatment, we offer a multiple sibling discount.
  • Other Discounts: We offer discounts for military personnel, teachers, and first responders.
  • Referral Program: Pass on your love of Adirondack Orthodontics and enjoy a referral discount.

Schedule an Appointment

Adirondack Orthodontics can inform you about all the different options available to you. No matter your budget or how you want to structure your payments, we can guide you through the decision-making process and make sure you’re fully informed before you get started. Call us today to schedule an appointment and let us help you start your journey or your child’s journey to a strong, stunning smile.


The Best and Worst Halloween Candy for Braces

The Best & Worst Halloween Candy for Braces

Everyone should be able to enjoy the candy they get when trick or treating, including those with braces! Yet certain kinds of candy can jeopardize the health of your teeth and the state of your orthodontia. Taking care of your teeth is essential, especially when you’re investing in braces and the long-term beauty of your smile. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you bring home your candy haul this Halloween.

Halloween candy that tends to do the most damage to braces is anything sticky, like caramel or taffy. Hard candy like lollipops also becomes problematic, as the candy can break and bend your braces. Avoid brands like Laffy Taffy, Airheads, and Sour Patch Kids.

On the other hand, chocolate candy is one of the best sweet treats you can choose when you have braces. While taffy sticks to your teeth and has the potential to damage your braces, chocolate and candy bars like Kit Kat bars and Snickers bars won’t cover your teeth or hurt your hardware.

No matter what kind of candy you consume during Halloween, be sure to take the rights steps to care for your teeth! A toothbrush that reaches around your braces should always be in your arsenal, along with plenty of floss. Each time you consume candy, brush your teeth and rinse thoroughly with water to keep food particles from lingering on your teeth and creating cavities.

Follow these tips this Halloween – and any time you eat something sweet – and you’ll be equipped to take care of your braces. If you have any questions about how to brush, floss, or generally care for your teeth and braces, call on Adirondack Orthodontics. We would be happy to help.


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