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International American/Japanese Orthodontist Meetup In Upstate NY: November 25th.

Horseheads, NY is a sister city to Japan’s Bato, Tochigi city, setting the location for the first ODIIE meetup.  This will be a 2 day event and so far 15 orthodontists orthodontic lecturehave considered attending with 7 actual attendees registering.

There will be a lecture from Dr. Kuwaki Toru followed by group discussion at the town hall in Horseheads, NY.  Visitors will also be taking in the breathtaking scenery around the Fingerlakes with accommodations provided by Cayuga Lake Front Inn, an Ithaca NY bed and breakfast hotel alternative.

All Information so far:

What: ODIIE International Meetup

Where: Horseheads, NY

When: November 25th, 2016 (tentative)

Accommodations: Cayuga Lake Front Inn

How To Choose An Orthodontist?

Interview three orthodontists.  Why three?

You will at least have a good chance of encountering one you do NOT want to go to and you will learn this in the free consultation session (if this is not offered at a particular practice do not waste time going there.

A family discount can be HUGE (Especially when you see how expensive orthodontic work can be in North Carolina) Whether a practice is right for you has a lot to do with the personality of the orthodontist and how good you feel when you’re there.

Is the staff on point and friendly and, most of all, knowledgeable? Trust your instinct too.

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:

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

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