Check out 7 ways to Maximize Your Dental Benefits!

Dental Benefits

We say goodbye to 2017 and Hello 2018! You know what that means? New Year, NEW DENTAL BENEFITS from your Insurance Company!

Start your year off by knowing how to maximize your dental insurance benefits by using them as a resource tool for optimal oral health. Keep your smile, bright, healthy and youthful looking by practicing good oral health habits!

Every year most dental insurances reset, allowing you a specific dollar amount to use towards dental work this year. These amounts typically range from $1000-$2000. We are here to help you find out how you can start making use of them as soon as possible!

We know dental treatments are expensive and can be discouraging if you need treatment with limited funds to pay for it and you’ve hit your dental insurance max. Lack of insurance benefits and costly treatment, if not planned out can lead to needed dental work left incomplete.

Not anymore! We’re here with some helpful tips to give you to make the best out of your dental benefits. Don’t sacrifice your smile or dental health, take advantage of planning for your future dental needs while utilizing all of your insurance benefits.

Here are 7 Tips for you this year:

1. Review Dental Benefits

We highly recommend our patients know what is covered by their dental insurance package. Asking for more information on your insurance plan from your insurance carrier can help determine what it’s included in your benefits. It keeps you informed about what your insurance will cover and what you’ll have to pay out-of-pocket. It is beneficial to know what covered services you do have, and what non-covered services you might elect to have. When you see these two things, you can financially prepare for and filter your dental benefits to those specific procedures that are covered.

2. Find A Dentist
Looking for a dentist to care for you and your family can be difficult to choose and picking a dentist that accepts your insurance can play a role in your decision. Not all dentist take or are participating providers with insurances so we recommend finding a dentist you can trust and that your insurance will reimburse. Finding a preferred provider, meaning a dentist who is contracted and accepts your insurance companies fees within your insurance will save you time and money as you won’t have to pay more money out-of-pocket expenses.

3. Ensure Your Family Is Active
Often, insurance companies systems are not updated promptly. Untimely processing and system updates can sometimes leave gaps in your coverage or show no coverage for you or your family. It’s essential that you are keeping your records as up to date as possible to avoid any prolonging of necessary dental treatment.

4. Use Benefits Early
Plan to use your benefits early in the year! This is important to consider as some insurance companies have limitations when you can visit a dentist for something as simple as teeth cleanings and exams. Using your benefits early in the year will help you save money and make the most out of your dental benefits. Don’t let money go to waste and lose out on your benefits that’ll keep your smile healthy. Many times, people waited until the end of the year to complete and recommended dental treatment. In a mad rush to utilize all your benefits, you end up losing them due to procrastination. The end of the year is one of the busiest times in a dental office, with reduced hours for holiday time, many people miss out on the opportunity to complete their dental treatment and end up paying more the following year.

5. Regular Dental Check-ups
Not only will you be able to prevent further dental conditions from worsening but you’ll maintain a healthy smile. Keeping regular check-ups will ensure you are making the most out of your dental benefits and using them. You won’t miss out on treatment or dental coverage!

6. Splitting Treatment
If the end of the year is coming and you’re in need of significant treatment, break your treatment between this year and the new year. Reduce your out-of-pocket money by maximizing your dental benefits towards the end of the year and finishing treatment in the new year. Take advantage of your benefits the best way possible with the help of your dentist and care coordinator to find you better financial options.

7. Use Coverage Before They Expire
Don’t wait until last minute to use your dental benefits! Use them throughout the year to get the most out of them and to maintain a healthy smile. Most dental insurance have restrictions on when and how many times you can get yearly exams. We want to make sure you are using all your benefits. Don’t waste money and lose out on a healthy smile!

We want you to familiarize yourself with your dental insurance, so you’re better aware of how to use your dental benefits as a resource tool. Knowing what your dental insurance will pay for will allow you to plan dental treatments and find better financial options to continue treatment or proceed with the treatment you need.

Remember every year your dental benefits expire and reset. Don’t miss out this year! Get ready to use your dental insurance to continue treatment or get the treatment you need. Maintaining a healthy smile is vital to your overall health, and we want you to receive the best dental care you deserve without having to be a burden on the financial side of treatment. Start getting the treatment you deserve by calling our offices for more information, questions or concerns you might have.

Call one of our Dental Insurance Specialists today at 801-747-8015!

A Holiday Message From Our CEO!

Dear  Patients,

On behalf of myself and my team, we wanted to thank you for being a patient at The Center of Dental Professionals. We would like to extend our appreciation for the chance to provide exceptional dental care to you and your family.

We hope your experience with us has surpassed your expectations and have been pleased with the services we provide. As you know, our top priorities in our dental clinics are to ensure your safety and comfort while providing you with the best dental care you deserve at affordable fees. We hope you will agree that we’re continually strive in meeting this goal as we find ways to serve you and your family better.

As your dental health care provider, we appreciate the vote of confidence you’ve shown in us by selecting us as your provider and for coming to us for all your dental needs. We’ll continue to be committed to providing you with the best quality services in all our clinics. Our number one goal is to provide you with a family-friendly environment, highly-trained dental team, and knowledgeable staff to assist you with concerns or questions you may have.

As we close the year, we thank you again for choosing us as your dental health care provider. It’s been a pleasure serving you and your family this year, and we look forward to helping you and your family in the years to come. If there’s anything we can do for you don’t hesitate to let us know, we are more than happy to assist you.

We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Warm Regards,

Christine Marie

FREE Whitening with New Patient Exam

Just in time for Christmas, a Bright, SNOW-WHITE Smile!

No, we are not talking about the Disney Snow White character, we are talking about Teeth Whitening and how you can get it for FREE right now!

The number one thing our patients say they wish they could improve with their smile is having white teeth and removing all the staining their teeth have acquired over the years. Be a show-off this year at your holiday parties with a beautiful, white, and radiant smile!

It’s Christmas, and we are offering FREE Teeth Whitening to all our New Patients who come in and see us now through December 31st, 2017! Yes, that’s right, FREE Teeth Whitening, a $499 Value, our Gift to you this Holiday Season!

In addition to this exclusive offer, FREE Teeth Whitening, we want to make sure your oral health is A-OK! Often, self-care is the last thing on our minds during the holiday season, and those pesky toothaches, when disregarded off can lead to further damage and costly dental treatments. So, make sure you take the time to get in and see us for a routine dental check-up, needed x-rays, oral cancer screening and detailed cleaning from one of our fabulous hygienists.

Our gift to you isn’t, just FREE Teeth Whitening, it’s also looking out for your future oral health wellness. A good cleaning and knowing your cavity free and your gums and gingiva are in optimal health give you peace of mind. If you come in and we happen to find any cavities on the rise or needed dental treatment, you will have your very own personal assistant there to guide you in completing your dental treatment, explaining any procedure necessary, an overview of your dental benefits and treatment plan. Our team will present you with all your treatment options and answer any lingering questions you have.

Lastly, we know it can be nerve-racking coming in and seeing the dentist, don’t even worry! Our office has interior distractions, such as TV’s in the ceiling, and we offer doTERRA Essential Oils with hot, warm towels to soothe and calm your nerves. Often patients say how relaxing it was, or how fun, YES, FUN it was to be seen with us. Whatever concerns you have for not coming in and having your routine dental exam, we are here to walk you through it.

We will be here, waiting to hear from you and ready to book your next Routine Dental Check-up and Cleaning, oh, and let’s remember that FREE Teeth Whitening as an added bonus!

Santa’s Gift…Braces just $2997!

Christmas has come early this year my friends! We are now offering Full Orthodontic (Braces) Treatment for only $2997!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to You!!

We have never offered this phenomenal price before, and it is a saving of thousands of dollars to our patients. It’s a never heard of before price for Orthodontics too, and you can get it if you act NOW! Our offer expires on December 31st, 2017 and appointments are booking up fast!

The Center of Dental Professionals makes getting braces easy, affordable and convenient.

We offer services that are designed with patients in mind. When it comes to braces, we know teens and even adults are reluctant to get them. There are always reasons not to get braces; we hear them all the time. However, we believe you deserve to have and show your beautiful smile, and we are here to encourage you to do so!

So what can we offer you that other dental clinics can’t? We can save you money, time and give you peace of mind, just consider the following:

Personal Treatment Coordinator: Before you get your braces on, discuss your dental needs with our treatment coordinator. Our coordinator will work with you one-on-one to create a payment plan that best fits your budget. They’ll help you understand and discuss the costs of your treatment and the available payment plan options so, you can progress with braces without financial concern. No surprises when it comes to treatment procedures and expenses.

More Treatment Options: Learn about our treatment options when it comes to braces. We know some of our patients don’t want to be seen with braces and want braces that are low maintenance. We have a solution! With more than one treatment option, you can now learn and choose which treatment best fits your needs, both of which are less noticeable and low in maintenance than traditional braces.

Earn Patient Rewards: Earn points with every visit when you come in with good oral hygiene (yes, you still gotta brush with braces!). You can quickly earn points for simple tasks, like flossing daily, keeping your appointments, and fun things like tagging us in your social media posts! We’re here to encourage you through your treatment while you earn points to exchange for gift cards you can select through your personal online portal we will assign to you.

Exclusive Activities: We offer private activities to our Orthodontic patients, with things like adventure park tickets, premier movie nights and other fun events with our Ortho Team. Our games are limited and only provided at our dental clinic. We create a memorable experience for our patients and families!

Convenience: Are you a parent who hates for their child to miss school, no problem, we got you covered. We offer early morning and late evening appointments so you can come in at a time that works best for you. No more missing school, and for working parents, no more lost work.

So, there are really no reasons not to choose The Center of Dental Professionals for your Orthodontic needs, we made it easy, convenient, and most of all uber affordable. Take advantage today, call and schedule your FREE consultation and save thousands!

Going…Going…GONE!

Save money…..read this!

We discovered, according to the National Association Of Dental Plans that an astounding 97.8% of PPO plan participants never reach or exceed their dental plan maximums. The consequences of not utilizing yearly dental benefits are costly, and we are here to help to maximize your plan.

Here are just a few reasons why you want to complete any necessary dental treatment before the new year.

  • Yearly Maximums Reset: Insurances give an annual dollar maximum of what you can spend on dental care. Every year insurances reset your individual and possibly family maximums. Sadly, these benefits are not like cell phone minutes and roll over. If you do not use them, they are gone!  
  • Annual Deductibles Reset: Like most Medical Insurance, Dental Insurances have Deductibles which are a specific amount of out-of-pocket money you have to pay before your benefits begin to cover any services. Typically an individual and family deductible ranges between $25-$150 per year. Unfortunately, this money must be paid each year newly before coverage comes into play. Yearly Deductibles usually do not apply to routine dental check-ups and cleanings and come due when dental treatment is needed.  Maximize your dollars and complete any required dental treatment you have this year.
  • Premiums Remain Active: As long as you or your employer has paid your Dental Insurance Premium, you have benefits, why not use them? Take advantage of the FREE dental services which are provided per your plan and use the percentages of coverage to facilitate completing any needed dental procedure. Look at your dental insurance as a bank of money set aside for your dental well being. A specific amount of money is deposited into your account typically at the beginning of the year (calendar year plans) and is yours to use until it is gone or expires, which is usually January 1 each new year.
  • Dental Fees Increase: Dental fees charged by dental offices, and allowed by Dental Insurances tend to rise at the beginning of each year to accommodate for cost of living and materials. These increases could lead to a higher co-pay. You can divert some of those increased costs by maintaining your regular six-month check-ups, dental cleanings and completing your dental treatment at the time of diagnosis.
  • Avoid Exacerbated Dental Problems: Waiting to complete simple dental treatment, such as a cavity can turn into extensive dental treatment. Through proper oral care, following the dental hygiene instructions of your hygienist and completing necessary dental treatment, you can avoid future costly procedures.

The best approach to maximizing and utilizing your Dental Insurance benefits is to work with your dental office’s Treatment Coordinator. Through establishing some simple treatment plan goals and financial planning, you can maximize your current and future dental plan benefits.

As a Special Gift to you, we are giving FREE Teeth Whitening to all our dental patients who complete their dental treatment now through December 31st, 2017, this is a $300 savings!

Don’t miss out on using your Dental Benefits, and FREE Teeth Whitening! Contact us today to see how we can help you save money while maintaining good oral health!

Orthodontic Treatment is more affordable than ever!

Why Is Orthodontic Treatment Important?

Orthodontic treatment is critical for a healthy mouth and for preventing further dental problems later in life. It provides a foundation for proper tooth, jaw and lip support. If you get the treatment you need at an earlier age, chances are you are less likely to need extensive dental treatments down the road. Who doesn’t want to prevent extra dental treatment and financial expenses later in life?

If you have crooked or crowded teeth, cleaning and maintaining your teeth properly becomes difficult, you can suffer problems with chewing, and can have extensive plaque buildup. It is recommended your child have an Orthodontic Consultation by the age of 7, however, teeth can be moved at any age. 

Like all medical professions, orthodontic treatment is a partnership between the patient and the orthodontist. Your orthodontist can provide the tools needed to improve your smile but you have to follow their instructions to maintain proper oral hygiene and health.

 

When Should You See An Orthodontist?

Knowing when to see an orthodontist is as significant as recognizing signs or concerns we have. DON’T WAIT! If you are concerned about your teeth, seek dental attention to solve the problem in advance instead of waiting for the problem to worsen. Below you will find a list of signs and concerns indicating it is time you see an orthodontist, the soon the better. 

    • Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
    • Jaws that shift, make sound, or protrude
    • Speech difficulty
    • Protruding teeth
    • Teeth that meet abnormally or don’t meet at all
    • Facial imbalance or asymmetry
    • Grinding or clenching of teeth
    • Inability to close lips comfortably

If you or your child have been showing one or more of the signs listed above, then schedule a consultation with an orthodontist.

 

What the Center of Dental Professionals Can Offer You:

We know the cost of orthodontic treatment can be of concern when it comes to getting treated. However, we offer a low fee of $3,999 with payments of just $97 a month!

At our office, you will be able to sit down with our treatment coordinator to work with you one-on-one to accommodate your financial needs and create a payment plan that fits within your budget. Our staff will ensure you are well informed of treatment options and available payment plan options for you to decide which is best suited for your needs.  

We accept major credit cards, cash, insurance plans, CHIP, Medicaid, and even have a financing option available through CareCredit.

So what are you waiting for? Get the orthodontic treatment you need now for the low price of $97 a month when you come to The Center of Dental Professionals. Schedule a complimentary consultation with us to get started with the initial steps of getting treated for beautiful smile and healthier mouth.

Discount Dental Program

Have you heard of our Discount Dental Program? We’re excited to present our patients with our discount plan which can alleviate some of the financial burdens of dental procedures and bring satisfaction to them. We’re dedicated to bringing our patients alternatives to receiving the dental care they deserve and seek for a healthier and beautiful smile. The Discount Dental Program allows our patients of The Center of Dental Professionals and A Kid’s Place Dentistry to receive affordable dental care for themselves or their families.

It is designed for you to save money and it’s a perfect plan our patients without insurance to enroll in to get the dental treatments they require. It offers you with an affordable alternative for you and your family to visit your dentist without worrying about high expense.

The Discount Dental Plan?

It’s developed to provide better service to our patients and to have them receive the best dental care they deserve! It’s a membership program where you pay a yearly fee and receive discounted rates on preventative and restorative treatment options at both dental offices at The Center of Dental Professionals and A Kid’s Place Dentistry. Note, this is an in-house discount program only offered in our offices and NOT insurance.

Our Discount Dental Program is more flexible than an insurance because you get to control your money and how and where you want to spend it depending on the treatment best suited to your needs. This an excellent plan for our patients who don’t have dental insurance, plus you get to save on dental procedures without the expensive cost of insurance.

What is Offers?

By enrolling in our Discount Dental Program, you will receive the following services:

  • Prophylaxis Cleaning 2x a year
  • Fluoride Varnish 2x a year  
  • Full Mouth Bite Wing X-ray 2x a year
  • Panoramic X-ray every other year
  • Unlimited amount of limited exams*
  • Reduced pricing on treatment options

*ask our dental assistants about what’s included in our limited exams.

What’s the cost?

The annual and monthly cost for adult and child membership vary. A one-time processing fee will apply for every additional membership at the time of purchase.     

    Adult Annual – $165.00

    Adult Monthly – $14.58

    Child Annual – $95.00

    Child Monthly – $8.75

If you don’t have dental insurance and require dental treatment but feel it’s unaffordable, then consider signing up for our Discount Dental Program! It’s a great plan to get the dental treatments and healthcare we deserve to preserve our oral health. Feel free to contact us if you have any concerns, questions, or want to enroll. We are here to help you.

Popping Trends in Dentistry Next Year!

What can we expect to see trending in the field of dentistry? Trends are inevitable when a business and customer relationship concept is involved since it’s becoming more focused on the customer. In this case, the focus is on the patients, their experiences and what they want and expect. So, how does all that affect the field of dentistry? The field of dentistry is influenced by the growth in economic and technology trends since they make up part of the experience patients have as well dental staff.

A recent technology breakthrough in the field of dentistry came when a robot dentist succeeded in an autonomous implant surgery in China. Medical staff was present during the procedure but in no way played a role in the operation. Does this mean we don’t need dentist anymore? No. In the case of China, technology has been designed to accommodate the needs of patients’ dental care and the shortage of dentists who are qualified. This successful procedure by technology broadens the field of what technology can do for dentists besides assisting them in reaching small areas of the mouth and 3D printing of an implant. It could even address the shortage of dental care in such countries like China where the demand for qualified dentists doesn’t meet the needs of people’s dental health care. In addition to the robotic type of technologies, the dentistry field needs to keep up the digitization that sweeping over medical fields including their own.

Technology is a trend we can’t avoid even more so when it comes to the dental trend of digitization of health records. This form of trend keeps your practice competitive as there will be a continuation of digital workflow impacting the industry. Some of the conventional technologies that can be found in some dental practices are CAD/CAM dentistry, 3D Cone Beam Imaging, and electronic statements and insurance claims. Another trend impacting the field is the economic side of it.

You heard right, the field of dentistry is changing and affect dental practices from the economic aspect. What does that even mean? It means that dental offices need to be aware of the financial direction of the trend for their field markets and where it operates in to make effective plans for their practices to succeed. This covers how dental offices emerge and appeal to patients. A significant change that has occurred in recent years and will continue to grow is the opening of group practices over solo practices. The growing costs and influence of PPO insurance and third parties are some of the reasons for this trend picking up. Then there are the new ways dental practices are emerging as a niche.

The need for niche dentistry is becoming more of a dental marketing platform as more dental offices open. It’s a way of competing against other dental practices and keeping yourself apart. Having a dental office that offers a specialty is the best way to make a distinction from the rest since it allows you to show potential patients you’re the best option. Some of the specialties can include pediatric dentistry or senior dentistry both of which cater to two different demographics. The trends of appealing to patients is another that is changing especially now with more value being placed on the customer experience or the price.

Competing against price and in the field of dentistry is challenging which is why dental offices are now offering what is known as custom service, a major deciding factor for patients and prospective patients. In the dental field customization and value are key points over the price or in addition to the cost of the treatment option since patients are more likely to invest in value. Part of the value is having payment alternatives for underinsured or uninsured patients. Having easy and affordable payment options keep patients happy and coming back to dental practices for their dental care. Offering rewards to patients for their loyalty gives dental offices a boost in providing custom services so, making sure that patients are aware of their option helps create trust between them.

There is constant change and innovating ideas that can have an impact in the dental industry and how dental practices are coping and adapting to trends within their field. Becoming aware of trends in the area of dentistry help dental offices plan efficiently and accordingly for success, or to further improve their practices. What trends are you seeing in your dentist’s practice?    

Does Charcoal Toothpaste Really Work?

Lately charcoal has become a trend among beauty and skin products that have now been popular in dental products specifically toothpaste.Charcoal toothpaste has picked up its pace as more word is getting out about the wonders it does for our teeth. But does it work?

Before answering that here is a little background information on what charcoal toothpaste has that is working for others. Well for starters, it has activated charcoal! Activated charcoal has been used for medical treatments such as acute poisoning and overdose since it rids the body of the toxin through adsorption. Adsorption is a reaction where substances are absorbed on the outer surface of the activated charcoal. So, how is it working when we place it on our teeth? It functions in the same way by binding the surface stains we have on our teeth to the charcoal. Once we have given the charcoal enough time to stick to our teeth and surface stains, it can be removed. In one swoop, we can start getting rid of our teeth’s surface stains.

Just our surface stains, not the deep stains we might have or the natural yellowing of our teeth. So regarding if charcoal toothpaste works, it only works at a surface level. If you’ve been using it and have seen little difference in the whitening of your teeth it is most likely you need deep whitening.

Now, charcoal toothpaste like most products come with some risks to consider. The more informed we are about a product, the better. However, it can be difficult when there isn’t much research on a product. With that said, did you know the American Dental Association (ADA) has not given charcoal toothpaste its seal of approval? This means charcoal toothpaste has no evidence of it being safe or effective for our teeth. The ADA worries about the potential damage it might have to the teeth and gums. Most of these concerns come from our enamel, the outer layer of the tooth, which once damage it can’t heal. Once we lose our enamel, it is gone, and the use of abrasive materials can cause us to wear it out.

Besides the ADA concerns has if we choose to use charcoal toothpaste as a method of whitening our teeth do so sparingly. It shouldn’t be a replacement for cleaning your teeth or dental check-ups and if your teeth start to become sensitive then stop using the charcoal toothpaste. Remember it doesn’t hurt to be precautious when it comes to using products.     

Maybe We Need To Be Careful With Charcoal Toothpaste?

In response to FOX News article, “Dentist warns against charcoal teeth whitening trend,” there are growing concerns from the American Dental Association (ADA) and dental professionals of what charcoal toothpaste can do to our teeth. It is interesting to read how a YouTuber known as Mama Natural, who posted a video her brushing her teeth with charcoal for whiter teeth, became a sensation.

It brings to question whether some DIY remedies are beneficial or not. And, even though charcoal is used for the removal of poison and drug overdose doesn’t necessarily mean there is a connection to how charcoal works and interacts with our teeth. The American Dental Association approve dental products by displaying the ADA stamp. Any product that has the ADA logo means there have been studies evaluating the effects it has on our teeth.  

The ADA and dental professionals concern stem from the unknown fact of the charcoal abrasiveness. Without sufficient evidence on effects, it can have on our teeth, is enough to cause concern over whether it is indeed beneficial or dangerous especially if it means wearing out our teeth altogether. It also raises some concern about the long-term effects videos might have like the one Mama Natural did. Even though charcoal is used to rid the body of toxins using it for our teeth might be a risky move. Of course, this is all dependent on how we feel about weighing out the risks and our options.  

Want to learn about what the ADA has to say about Natural Teeth Whitening read about here.

If you’re interested in knowing your options for whitening your teeth, you should schedule an appointment today. It’s important to know that certain types of stains respond differently to whitening material. Talk with your dentist today and see which method is best suited for you.