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Paying For Orthodontic Care: A Guide To Your Options

March 21st, 2017

WE DON’T SIMPLY straighten teeth and correct bites at our practice—we educate our patients! From the moment you walk through our door to the moment you schedule your next appointment, we’re prepared to guide you through each step of your visit.
One topic we are often asked about is paying for your orthodontic care. Straightening your teeth doesn’t have to clean out your wallet, so today we want to provide you with all of the information you need to know when you’re scheduling your orthodontic consultation. Orthodontics is considered one of the best deals in dentistry! You're new smile will be worth every penny.

We Have Payment Options To Suit Your Needs

Orthodontic Insurance

Invisalign® is a covered service if you have an orthodontic benefit! May people mistakenly believe that their orthodontic benefit does not cover Invisalign® but that is a myth. If you have orthodontic coverage, your benefit allows Dr. Lineberry to use the type of braces she feels will best fit your needs, including Invisalign®.

We work with all major insurance providers in both our Boise and Mountain Home orthodontic offices, and are contracted with many plans, including:
•Delta Dental®
•Blue Cross Blue Shield
•MetLife
•Blue Cross®
•Cigna®
•Tricare®
•UnitedHealthcare
•Guardian®
•United Concordia

These are just a few of our contracted providers. Ask us about your orthodontic insurance plan! Our staff is always happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your orthodontic benefit.

Government Plans

Currently, we do accept both Medicaid and Idaho Smiles for orthodontic treatment. Dr. Lineberry will submit records to your plan for approval to proceed with treatment. If Idaho Smiles does not approve for orthodontic treatment, we do offer other payment plans to make your treatment affordable.

Financing Options

We offer a discount for full payment at the time treatment starts, but for those not wanting to pay in full, we have several different payment options. We accept most major credit cards in both our Boise and Mountain Home orthodontic offices and we offer low- and no-interest financing options through the CareCredit system. We also are able to set up reoccurring payments with your bank or credit card, so you'll never have to worry about missing a payment.

Bright, Healthy Smiles Are Priceless

Whichever option you choose, we are committed to providing our patients with quality, personalized care. If you have any questions about payment for your orthodontic care or if you’re curious about specific treatment pricing for yourself or someone you care about, feel free to give us a call. We’d love to help you receive the care you need at the price that fits your budget.

Thank you for continuing to place your trust our practice.

How Eating Disorders Can Affect Oral Health

March 2nd, 2017

DO YOU OR DOES SOMEONE you love have an eating disorder? This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. To help spread awareness about eating disorders and their effect on oral and overall health, share this post with your friends and family who may benefit from it.

Be Aware Of The Dental Complications

We all know that eating disorders can result in various health complications. You may be surprised to hear, however, that they are often first diagnosed during a dental exam. In fact, changes in the mouth are many times the first physical signs of an eating disorder.

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A nutritious diet is crucial for healthy teeth and gums. And as those with anorexia and bulimia are often undernourished, they can experience a number of oral health issues. Poor nutrition can cause sores in the mouth, swollen salivary glands and periodontal disease. Gums and other soft tissues in the mouth may bleed more easily. People who have eating disorders are also more prone to chronic dry mouth and bad breath.

Frequent vomiting can also result in dental problems. Exposure to acid, especially strong stomach acid, on a regular basis is bad news for teeth. Tooth sensitivity, discoloration and decay can be the result. Because of the damage to tooth enamel, the shape and length of teeth can also be affected. In addition, teeth may become more brittle and chip or break more easily.

Reduce The Damage

As you or your loved one seek treatment for an eating disorder, follow these steps to reduce the damage to the oral cavity and teeth in the meantime:
•Continue a rigorous oral hygiene routine–brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day.
•Instead of brushing your teeth immediately after vomiting, rinse your mouth out with water or water with baking soda to neutralize stomach acids. Don’t brush your teeth for at least an hour after purging.
•Be open and honest with your dentist, and see them on a regular basis.

We Are Here For You

As your trusted orthodontist, we are here to give advice without passing judgment, and as always, maintain full patient confidentiality. We care about your health and well-being! If you have any questions regarding this blog post, call us or come in today. You can also send us a private message on our Facebook page. For more information and resources to help those you love get the help they need, visit http://nedawareness.org/.

Thank you for trusting us with your orthodontic needs and overall oral health.

Top image by Flickr user Joe Szilagyi used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Why Your Smile Deserves An AAO Orthodontist

February 23rd, 2017

YOUR SMILE IS AN expression of who you are. It is that special thing that greets a friend, celebrates all of life’s joyful moments, and makes someone’s day that much brighter. We know how important your smile is to you and those around you. That’s why Dr. Lineberry is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), so we can always provide the best and most up-to-date care to our patients!

What Is The AAO?

All orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. Orthodontists go to four years of dental school, and beyond that, two to three more years of school to specialize in orthodontics.  Dr. Lineberry is a Specialist in Orthodontics, meaning she has three years additional training beyond dental school and is a graduate of the WVU Department of Orthodontics.  We are experts in straightening and aligning teeth to create healthy, beautiful smiles for all of our patients.

The American Association of Orthodontists is the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization. Only the orthodontists that have received a rigorous education at an accredited orthodontics specialty program can be granted membership in the AAO. Because Dr. Lineberry is an AAO member, you can trust that all orthodontic treatment performed at our practice meets the highest standards of quality, ethics and aesthetics.

What Does Being An AAO Member Mean For Our Patients?

Dr. Lineberry is always abreast of the most current philosophies in orthodontic treatment and the cutting edge technology as she attends the AAO Annual Session every year.  There she attends four days full of continuing education classes where she continues to learn advancements in the science and art of Orthodontics, or in other words, the best way to provide the quality care to our patients.  She also spends time in the exhibit hall where all of the latest technology is available for her to learn about and purchase for her practice!

In addition to the AAO Annual Session, Dr. Lineberry attends many AAO sponsored continuing education meetings throughout the year.  Her most recent meeting was a combined meeting with the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, where she collaborated with Oral Surgeons to advance her knowledge in treating patients that need a combined approach, involving both the orthodontist and an oral surgeon.

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We Go The Extra Mile For Our Patients

Our number one priority is our patients’ safety and satisfaction. We’re always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that we are providing the best care to every single person who comes into our office!

As an AAO member, Dr. Lineberry is constantly improving her skills and learning how to better serve you. Why? Because you deserve the smile of your dreams, and we’re here to make that dream a reality!

Thank you for choosing our practice. We can't wait to see your smile!

Some Of History’s Fun And Bizarre Dental Stories

January 26th, 2017

HISTORY IS FULL of outrageous tales about teeth! How many of these dental facts have you heard before?

The Dental Woes That Won the Battle Of Yorktown?

During the Revolutionary War, George Washington wrote a letter to his dentist requesting some dental cleaning tools to be sent to New York, noting that the American forces wouldn’t be in Philadelphia any time soon. The correspondence was intercepted by the British, making them think that Washington would not move his army to Yorktown. When the Americans attacked Yorktown anyway, the British were caught unawares and the battle was ultimately won.

The Power Of A Tooth

In Sri Lanka, the Temple of the Tooth is home to Buddha’s left canine. After Buddha’s death, this tooth played a major role in politics–whoever was in possession of the tooth had the right to rule the country. The tooth was passed down from monarch to monarch for generations as a symbol of power and authority to govern. Talk about strong teeth!

Cotton Candy And A Good Laugh

Some dentists throughout history put their names on the map as inventors. William Morrison may have been a dentist, but he is best known for developing the cotton candy machine! We think it was his history as a dentist that inspired him to first call cotton candy “fairy floss.”

Another dentist named Horace Wells saw a public demonstration of the effects of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and recognized its medical possibilities. He asked a colleague to pull one of his teeth out while he was under the influence of laughing gas and said he didn’t feel a thing, effectively introducing general anesthesia to dentistry. Now that’s dedication!

The $31,000 Tooth

After getting a tooth extracted, John Lennon gave it to his housekeeper whose daughter was a huge Beatles fan. The tooth stayed in the family for over 40 years until it was sold at an auction for approximately 31,000 dollars!

Sir, You Have Spinach In Your Teeth…

The famous frontman for the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, added some flare to his smile by putting an emerald chip in one of his teeth. Unfortunately, most people thought it was a piece of spinach. He changed it to a ruby but got tired of people telling him it was a drop of blood. He finally settled on a diamond instead.

Floss Your Way To Freedom?

In 1994, an inmate escaped from a West Virginia prison by braiding dental floss into a rope and scaling the prison wall! We recommend just using floss to clean out those hard-to-reach spaces between your teeth.

Getting Into Character

Some actors are really devoted to their craft! For his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Johnny Depp had gold caps put on his teeth. He wore them until after the filming of the third film!

In the comedy “The Hangover,” Ed Helms’ character loses a tooth after getting punched by the boxing legend, Mike Tyson. Well, guess what? His toothless grin is real! When Helms’ permanent tooth never grew in, he decided to get a dental implant to improve the appearance of his smile. For the film, he had his implant taken out so the tooth loss would be authentic!

Know Any More Interesting Stories?

There are plenty of other crazy dental facts and tales out there. Which ones did we miss? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page!

Thank you for being our valued patients and friends.