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WAIT! Don’t Order Orthodontic Treatment Online Before Reading This

November 2nd, 2018

WAIT! Don’t Order Orthodontic Treatment Online Before Reading This

It’s easy to do so many things these days with the click of a button. Order shoes! Get a ride across town. Watch your favorite blockbuster movie! It seems like every day there’s a newer and easier way to do almost everything. We’ve been programmed to accept that anything can be ordered online and delivered right to our front door. However, at Mitchell, Bartlett and Bell Orthodontics, there is one thing that we believe has no easy replacement: orthodontic treatment. There is no match for a trained, experienced professional when it comes to your oral health.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) agrees. They recently issued a Consumer Alert listing key questions to ask about direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies. You can download a print-friendly version here.

The issue is that many direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies don’t involve the in-person evaluation and/or in-person supervision of your treatment that we provide at Mitchell, Bartlett and Bell Orthodontics. In-person supervision and expertise is important because there is more to creating a healthy, beautiful smile than moving the visible portions of your teeth. If not done correctly any dental work can lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changed bites, and other issues.

The Top 10 Questions To Ask

The AAO advises that when researching orthodontic treatment (including treatment models from direct-to-consumer companies like SmileDirectClub, SmileLove, Candid Co., SnapCorrect, Orthly, etc), you should consider many key questions, some of which include:

  1. As part of your treatment, are comprehensive diagnostic records like x-rays taken before your treatment?
  2. As part of your treatment fee, do you receive any in-person visits to a dentist’s or orthodontist’s office during your treatment?
  3. Is only one treatment type offered (such as invisible aligners or a certain appliance)?
  4. If a dentist or orthodontist is involved with your treatment, do you know the name of the dentist or orthodontist who will be specifically involved with your case (for example, is it available on the company’s website or elsewhere)?
  5. What are the possible risks (financial, health, etc.) associated with your orthodontic treatment?
  6. Who is responsible for detecting any issues that may occur during your orthodontic treatment? Is it you? If it is a doctor not associated with your treatment, who pays for those check-ups?
  7. If a doctor is involved with your orthodontic treatment, how can you contact him or her over the course of your treatment? How can you contact him or her if an emergency arises?
  8. If an emergency arises, does the company have a dentist or orthodontist in your area that you can see in-person? If not, who would cover the costs associated with seeing a dentist or orthodontist in your area?
  9. If you are injured or have another dispute involving your orthodontic treatment, how is it handled (litigation, arbitration, etc.) and what rights do you have?
  10. Does the treatment model comply with the dental laws in your state? To check your state’s dental laws, click https://www.aaoinfo.org/state-laws-and-regulations. Information for your state dental board can be found at https://www.aaoinfo.org/aao/state-dental-board-info.

Where You Receive Your Health Care Is A Very Important Personal Decision
Remember that orthodontic treatment is not a product or device – it is a professional, medical service. Dr. Kelly Mitchell received her dental and orthodontic degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Brian Bartlett from Northwestern University Dental School and The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, and Dr. Carrie Bell from University of Mississippi and University of Tennessee. Each doctor has spent years providing orthodontic treatment to their patients and has received numerous awards and honors. (See our site for details!)

Before making any decision about orthodontic treatment, consider doing some research and having a complimentary in-person consultation at Mitchell, Bartlett and Bell Orthodontics. We recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive orthodontic care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding orthodontic experience every time you visit our practice.

Contact us today for a free consultation at either of our 2 convenient locations: Greensboro or Kernersville or click below to schedule an appointment!. We’re happy to answer all questions and we'll make sure you or your child receives the right treatment plan for them.

 

5 Reasons To Ask About Damon Clear

July 11th, 2018

Mitchell, Bartlett and Bell Orthodontics values education and we (Doctors Kelly Mitchell, Brian Bartlett and Carrie Bell) want to make sure all our patients and their families feel informed about their options for treatment plans. To that end, we often find ourselves explaining what the Damon system is and the benefits in using DamonSmile for orthodontic treatment. Given that Damon Smile is such a big part of our practice (along with Invisalign) we’ve put together some of the reasons why the Damon system could be a great choice for you or your child! Take a look below:

  1. A Clear Smile. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat users, rejoice! If a clear smile is important to your child, Damon Clear can be a great choice. The brackets are clear with a thin metal wire that runs through them. Pretty hard to spot in a selfie!
  2. Less Pain. As opposed to traditional brackets and elastic ties which hold wires in place in order to gradually move teeth to the correct positioning, the Damon System uses a slide mechanism to maintain archwires within the bracket. Less friction allows teeth to move more freely, quickly and comfortably.
  3. Fast. While treatment time can vary, clinical studies demonstrate that Damon System treatment is up to six months faster than traditional braces. Often appointments will be less frequent as well! Plus, there are no additional parts which means there is no need to worry about lost, misplaced or forgotten clear aligners. You and/or your busy teen can get in and out of our offices and back to your busy schedules.
  4. Easy to Clean. Traditional braces use elastomeric rings (or ties) to hold wires in place on their brackets. Unlike those traditional systems, Damon Clear braces are much easier to keep clean.
  5. 100% Approved! As opposed to other invisible aligners everyone is a candidate for the Damon System. Damon Clear works 24 hours a day, seven days a week to perfectly align ALL teeth for a phenomenal smile that enhances your entire facial appearance.

Put all these benefits together and there is a clear reason to ask about Damon Clear. It’s why we love being able to offer this treatment course to our patients. At Mitchell Bartlett and Bell Orthodontics, we recognize that all our patients are unique and deserve to receive orthodontic care that reflects their individual needs. Our experienced and talented team is committed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding orthodontic experience every time you visit our practice.

Call us today at any of our 2 convenient locations: Greensboro or Kernersville or click below to schedule an appointment!

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July 9th, 2018

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A Straight Smile Is the Best First Impression

April 12th, 2018

We all know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, but the reality is: we all do. First impressions are really important and your smile says so much about you. That’s why at Mitchell, Bartlett and Bell Orthodontics, we care about not only helping teens but about helping adults as well. A straight smile is crucial to making that first impression count...and metal braces as an adult isn’t necessarily the most desired look. Because of this, we offer Invisalign Adult! The clear alternative to metal braces.

A recent study* by Invisalign, confirms that “people with straight teeth are perceived more likely to be happy, successful and second date worthy.” Speaking of dating, 55% of respondents said that a straight smile had a better likelihood of attracting potential partners on a dating site by their picture alone. Swipe right!

Already found your partner but still think a straighter smile would have a strong impact on your life? You’re right! 58% of respondents said that they perceive people with straight teeth to be more successful in business and their professional lives. That means a straight smile can be a big component of your interview kit, rocking your next presentation or winning that next big sale.

How does Invisalign Adult work?

During a consultation with one of our highly experienced doctors, we determine the exact movements necessary to get your teeth into the correct position. Then the Mitchell, Bartlett and Bell team has a custom-made series of aligners, created for you and only you using the latest and greatest in orthodontic technology. As you replace each Invisalign aligner with the next in the series, the teeth will gradually and gently shift-little by little, until they have straightened to the final position that either Dr. Kelly Mitchell, Dr. Brian Bartlett or Dr. Carrie Bell have prescribed.

Other than a great first impression once you’ve finished, Invisalign offers a great first impression while you’re working to achieve that great smile:

Clear: Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. No hiding your smile in meetings, engagement photos or school pick-ups and no closed-lipped selfies here!

Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are extremely comfortable made out of smooth, sleek plastic. No wires cutting into the sides of your mouth.

Removable: Don’t want your date to know you’re working on your smile? Take them off for the evening...just remember to put them back in before you go to sleep! It may not seem like it, but they’re constantly working while you go throughout your day.

Convenient: Fewer visits to the orthodontist, meaning fewer interruptions of your busy schedule. You only need to visit us at Mitchell, Bartlett and Bell Orthodontics about once every 2-3 months to ensure that your treatment progress is on track.

Cost Effective: At Mitchell, Bartlett and Bell Orthodontics, Invisalign comes at the same price tag as traditional braces. No need to shell out extra cash to avoid metal mouth. Plus we can offer little to no down payment.

First impressions are super important to us too and we understand the need for a Facebook-ready smile. Doctors Kelly Mitchell, Brian Bartlett and Carrie Bell and our experienced team are committed to working with you (or your teen) based on your individual needs and desires. Click below for a complimentary consultation at either of our two convenient locations, in Greensboro or Kernersville. Our team will assess if you are a good candidate for Invisalign Adult. We can’t wait to meet you!

*Invisalign First Impressions Study

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