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RSSH Welcomes Japanese Dental Exchange Students

Foriegn exchange dental students from Japan welcome at the RSSH (Rochester Smart Student Housing), a student housing company located in Rochester New York for the 2018-19 school year at the University of Rochester.

Re-Inventing Japan Project

From the official website:

“The “Re-Inventing Japan Project” Support for the Formation of Collaborative Programs with ASEAN Universities is a funding project that aims to foster human resources capable of being globally active, and to assure the quality of mechanisms for the mutual recognition of credits and grade management through an international framework, by giving financial support to efforts for the formation of collaborative programs with ASEAN universities that conduct study abroad programs for Japanese students and undertakes the strategic acceptance of foreign students. With the aim of strengthening Japan’s global presence in the fields of medicine and dentistry, Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) will form a consortium with Chulalongkorn University (CU), University of Indonesia (UI), and the University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City (UMP), establishing a network based on Japan’s strong points in such areas as medical and dental technology, materials, and equipment.”

– http://www.tmd.ac.jp

This is a huge move for Japanese in the international dental field scene as many opportunities for exchange students in area such as medical and dental technology have been created because of it.


What Will I Pay?

Costs for orthodontic work vary by doctor and region.  In North Carolina you can pay a lot if not careful. $6K for children and $6.5K for adults is about average.  The 2014 average cost for braces alone was staggering.

Just look at the printing costs for orthodontics mentioned above.  The overhead is in the least likely places so orthodontists’ may attempt to raise their price to alleviate these costs.

Leading orthodontists in the past have pointed out in the past that a good orthodontist can work with his patients when it comes to cost.  It’s not just about teeth but patient care on all levels. Other practices take fewer patients per day as little as 10-20 patients daily so earning business by alleviating cost is part of a marketing strategy.

To get an idea on how much you may pay for an orthodontics one can consult May 2015 average wage reports for orthodontists nationwide
To get an idea on how much you may pay for an orthodontics one can consult May 2015 average wage reports for orthodontists nationwide (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

More expensive doesn’t always mean better. Meet any orthodontist you consider face to face to see how they react when money comes up.

Many orthodontists offer interest-free financing for clients with good credit. And most also offer financing through banks.

In 2010, 60% of all new patients had dental insurance that include orthodontic benefits, according to the AAO.

Dental Insurance and The Affordable Care Act

Dental coverage can be obtained (for free in some cases), which is part of certain health plans.  Through the designated health insurance exchange one can find plans that offer both dental and health coverage. A single monthly premium for such a plan would cover dental and health insurance as well as adding on the dental insurance separately from a chosen health plan. In this case, a separate monthly premium for dental insurance will have to be paid.

Covered California

While dental coverage for children under age 19 is a required benefit under the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, and is included in their health insurance plans, that’s not the case for adults.   Covered California is the second to last among the state-run exchanges to offer dental coverage for adults.

Since Covered California came to fruition for dental care Berkeley Dentists in the area have been receiving a flurry of calls regarding inquiries about everything from teeth whitening to dental implants.

Dr. Whitley is no stranger to providing dental care to those who can’t afford it.  Through “Give Kids A Smile Day” and Dental Lifeline, Dr. Whitley has chosen to provide free dental care to the needy of California through the CDA Cares clinics which run multiple times a year.

The dental plans are optional, and there’s no tax penalty for not enrolling in them.

I heard Japan is doing big things in Orthodontics.  Is this true?

Yes.  Japan’s orthodontics graduate programs have been expanding.  The following diagram can expand on key difference in Japanese style orthodontics:

orthodontics treatment chart

Interested in what has been developing in the area of research in Japan for the fields of orthodontics and dentistry?

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