The Basics of Phase One Orthodontics
How Early Intervention Can Set Your Child Up for Dental Success
From ages one through seven, the formation of the teeth and jaw play an important role in how your child speaks and chews. Since these are essential skills, our team provides a treatment that will allow us to intervene early to identify any major orthodontic issues and stop them in their tracks: phase one orthodontic treatment.
What is phase one orthodontics?
Phase one orthodontics is the process by which children aged 6 or younger work with a board-certified orthodontist to address issues with their teeth and jaw before these problems worsen. This phase usually takes around 10 to 14 months and begins with a complimentary consultation.
What treatments are involved?
The treatments involved in phase one depend completely on the patient’s dental issues. During the first phase, we will address your child’s issues with treatments such as Invisalign, a space maintainer, tooth removal, braces, or an expander. During the treatment, we will be sure to look for tooth eruptions, missing teeth, and other issues.
What are the benefits of this treatment?
Phase one allows us to take a look at your child’s teeth and jaw, identify any issues, and prevent problems from worsening. Simply put, phase one can prevent the need for more complicated orthodontic solutions later on.
Who needs this treatment?
Children aged six or younger who are experiencing major developmental issues with their teeth, including an overbite, underbite, crowding, protrusion, and more. Children who suck their thumb till the age of five may be good candidates, since this can affect the formation of the roof of the mouth.
How do I get started?
Phase one orthodontics isn’t the right fit for everyone. The best way to find out if your child would benefit from this treatment is to call on the team at Adirondack Orthodontics to schedule an appointment. We can identify any alignment issues during a completely free, no-obligation consultation.
Set your child up for dental success by contacting the team at Adirondack Orthodontics today! We have locations throughout the Capital Region to serve you.
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.
Don’t Pay the Price for Bad Orthodontia
Presenting Our New Express Aligner Treatment Program
The team at Adirondack Orthodontics is always searching for orthodontic solutions that fit your lifestyle and budget. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a troubling rise in the use of direct-to-consumer (DTC) orthodontic treatments that have caused severe oral health issues. To provide a better alternative, we’re proud to offer our patients our Express Aligner Treatment program .
The Problem with One-Size-Fits-All
Some DTC treatments can create expensive oral health issues because they offer a one-size-fits-all approach. Unfortunately, one-size-fits-all just doesn’t work with orthodontia. Teeth can only move insofar as the gums and bones allow, and everyone’s situation is different. Aligners made without the supervision of a specialist can result in bite problems, tooth and gum loss, pain, and other structural issues with the bones and gums like TMD, traumatic occlusion, and periodontal breakdown.
Your smile is unique, and your treatment should be, too.
There’s a Better Way
At Adirondack Orthodontics, we offer the convenience of discreet aligners delivered right to your door without making you roll the dice on your oral health. Our Express Aligner Treatment program starts with an initial consultation, so the treatment is tailored specifically to you.
All of our treatments are customized and supervised by a board-certified orthodontist who can provide remote consultations to ensure the treatment is progressing as it should. Whether you want rapid results or you care more about convenience and cost, our Express Aligner Treatment program will make you smile.
Save Money, Now & in the Future!
While you may be tempted by the price tag of some DTC aligners, the initial and long-term costs of our Express Aligner Treatment program are lower than you’d think. We can minimize the cost of your treatment with insurance, and we offer flexible payment plans that can be tailored to meet your needs. Plus, with our treatments, you won’t have to visit an orthodontist to correct the issues caused by a DTC aligner!
Begin Your Treatment Today
Adirondack Orthodontics is a Diamond Invisalign Provider with five convenient locations throughout the Capital Region. We are also FSA/HSA approved. Whether you want an in-person or virtual appointment, we would be happy to help you schedule a consultation to get started on your Express Aligner Treatment treatment. Give us a call today to get started or request an appointment 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.
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.
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!
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.
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
- Visit the voting page: https://www.timesunion.com/bestof2020
- Click the Goods and Services category
- Find the section for Best Dentist/Orthodontist
- Choose Adirondack Orthodontics
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.