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Using Your FSA for Invisalign

November 20th, 2019

The year is coming to an end, and it’s time to remind all of our patients to use their Flexible Spending Account (FSA) savings before you lose it!

That’s right-if you have money in your FSA it will not roll over into next year. If you’ve been considering Invisalign® treatment, using your FSA dollars would be an excellent way to get started. Jennifer Martin Orthodontics uses Invisalign for patients of all ages, and has even treated entire families!

Read on to learn more about Flex Spending Accounts, and if Invisalign may be right for you.

Using Your Flex Spending Account Wisely

The first thing to do is make sure that you do have a FSA, and verify how much you have saved over the year. Once that is done, schedule with your Orthodontist to see if your FSA is enough to cover the treatment you need, and if not, make a plan to come up with the rest out of pocket.

Your FSA can be used for a variety of Dental and Orthodontics procedures. Some people are under the mistaken impression that FSA cannot be used for Orthodontics treatment, but that is not necessarily the case.

The general rule of thumb is that FSA’s cannot be used for anything considered strictly cosmetic. For example, teeth whitening would not be covered under your FSA.

The most important thing about a FSA is planning ahead. You want to know ahead of time how much you need to set aside for your desired treatment. If you don’t have a FSA but think you will be need one in the future, now is the time to contact your Insurance Provider to set one up.

Using your Flex Spending Account for Orthodontics

Many Orthodontic procedures go far beyond the aesthetics. Straight, even, properly aligned teeth are crucial for the overall health and wellness of your mouth, as well as the rest of your body further on down the road.

Invisalign and orthodontics aren’t just for teenagers, adults can benefit just as much-sometimes even more so.

If you do have a FSA account that you need to use up, and you’ve considered Invisalign treatment in the past, this is a perfect opportunity for you to achieve both of those things at the same time.

If you don’t have a FSA and would like to, call your Insurance Provider before the year is over, and get it set up for next year. It’s never too soon to start planning for your future health and well-being.

If this seems confusing, don’t worry! Experts are standing by at Jennifer Martin Orthodontics to answer any questions you may have.

Schedule with Jennifer Martin Orthodontics Today

Jennifer Martin Orthodontics is a family friendly practice-they treat patients of all ages. Dr. Martin purchased the business from her Father, and literally grew up in this office! Many of her current patients have parents who were treated here in the past-it’s truly a Legacy Practice.

For that reason, family and community matter here. You will never feel like “just a set of teeth”-the team here really takes the time to get to know their patients, and to understand their goals and reasons for treatment.

Located in Pleasant Hill, Jennifer Martin Orthodontics treats patients from Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Martinez, and all of the surrounding communities. Don’t lose those FSA dollars, Schedule your appointment today at (926) 676-8485 and start improving your smile tomorrow!

 

 

The Importance of Orthodontics for Students and Teens

October 24th, 2019

The sooner you get your kids in to see an Orthodontist, the less likely you’ll be faced with intensive treatments and expensive bills later on down the line. It is recommended that your kids see an orthodontist by the age of 7. Remember, even if your child’s teeth look straight and even, there may be issues that only a trained orthodontist can see with X-rays and professional experience.

That being said, it’s never too late to get the smile you deserve- for yourself or your children. Read on to learn more about Jennifer Martin Orthodontics and the services she offers for entire families.

Orthodontics for Kids

When your child is younger it is easier to plan for preventative care, to avoid more complicated treatment in the future. While your child’s teeth are still growing it is possible to take steps necessary in order to ensure that they grow in straight and even.

Many kids are put on “observation” after their first orthodontics appointment. This simply means that the child isn’t in need of immediate treatment, but will be monitored closely to make sure that if treatment does become necessary, you and your orthodontist will be aware of it right away.

Orthodontics for Teens

It’s much easier to get teenagers to cooperate with orthodontic treatment since Invisalign® came along. Invisalign consists of clear aligners that slowly shift teeth into the optimal positions. The aligners are virtually invisible, making them more desirable than chunky metal braces.

The advantage of orthodontic care as a teen is they’re still growing, so you can address problems before they get out of hand. Also, they’re mature enough to remember to brush and floss, keep track of their aligners and retainers, and let you and their orthodontist know when something doesn’t feel right.

There’s never a bad time for orthodontic care, but students tend to do really well with treatment because they are still growing, but are mature enough that you can foresee problems before they become more serious.

Orthodontics for Adults

If you missed out on the opportunity to receive orthodontic care as a child or teen, don’t worry! More adults are seeking out orthodontic care than ever before. It’s never too late to give yourself the smile you deserve, and as an adult proper care can erase years of age from your face.

Properly aligned teeth can minimize wrinkles on your face. And with Invisalign, no one even needs to know that you’re undergoing treatment!

Schedule with Jennifer Martin Orthodontics Today!

Jennifer Martin Orthodontics is a family oriented practice. Dr. Martin purchased the practice from her father, and she likes to joke that she literally grew up here. Many of her current patients have parents who received care here as well, and you’ll never find a more welcoming, caring, and involved team.

Located in Pleasant Hill, Jennifer Martin Orthodontics serves patients from Martinez, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, and all of the surrounding areas. Call (926) 676-8485 and schedule today to get your student on the road to a healthy happy smile for life!

 

 

Orthodontics as Self-Care?

September 25th, 2019

When you think of orthodontics the word “fun” likely doesn’t come to mind. You probably think of braces, x-rays, time in a dental chair, and expenses. And in the past you would’ve been absolutely correct.

Times have changed, and so has technology and patient care. Orthodontic care in particular has come a long way, and more adults are seeking it out every year.

Why not consider thinking of orthodontic care as self-care? Instead of looking at it as a hassle and expense, look at it as a sound investment into a healthier happier you-for the long and short term.

Read on to learn more about adult orthodontics and all that Jennifer Martin Orthodontics has to offer.

Orthodontics for Adults

Orthodontic care is no longer just for kids and teenagers. Since Invisalign® came onto the market, more and more adults seek out orthodontic care every year. Adult orthodontics is important because straight teeth are about so much more than a pretty smile.

As you get older, your bone starts to deteriorate. This can cause noticeable changes in the structure of your face. Your teeth may start to shift around a little bit, and that can change the way you chew your food-or even change the foods you eat.

Orthodontics is a way to combat some of those changes with the use of surgery or other extreme measure.

Your teeth may start to wear out a bit, leaving you more vulnerable to gingivitis or gum disease. Keeping your teeth straight and even will minimize this damage, ensuring that not only your oral health, but your overall health and wellness will remain sound for years to come.

Invisalign Treatment for Adults

Gone are the days of chunky metal braces with colorful rubber-bands. They are still a treatment option for some, but adults leading a professional career have much better options now for treating crooked or misaligned teeth.

There is of course Invisalign, a discreet way to enhance your smile. They consist of clear aligners, uniquely tailored to fit perfectly over your teeth. As your teeth shift into their ideal place, you replace the aligners. They are virtually invisible, making it easier to perfect your smile with no one being the wiser.

A Family Oriented Practice

Family and community are extremely important at Jennifer Martin Orthodontics. It is a legacy practice, meaning Dr. Martin actually purchased the business from her father years ago. She likes to tell people that she literally grew up there!

Many of Dr. Martins patients have parents who were patients of her father. There is a real sense of community in the office, as each member of her team are truly dedicated to their careers and to the patients who come in.

If you’re an adult looking to enhance your smile, or to simple maintain the beautiful smile you have, Give Jennifer Martin Orthodontics a call today. Located in Pleasant Hill, she treats patients from Martinez, Walnut Creek, San Ramon and all over the Bay Area. And because she understands firsthand the hustle and bustle that goes along with raising a family, they will go out of your way to schedule your whole family on the same day!

August is Back-to-School Month…It’s time for Orthodontic Care!

August 20th, 2019

School is back in session, and things are about to get crazy! Are your orthodontics appointments scheduled? It’s best to plan ahead for orthodontic treatment, as things tend to get busier and busier as the school year rolls on.

Orthodontics for Kids

People tend to think of teenagers when it comes to Orthodontic care, and teen years are a good time for orthodontics. Teens teeth have grown in, but they’re still developing their bones and facial structures and it makes it easier to adjust teeth into their optimum positions.

However, it is recommended that children do see an orthodontist by the age of 7. Even if your child’s teeth look straight and even, there may be potential problems that only a trained orthodontist can spot.

The best thing about spotting problems early on is having the ability to fix it before it becomes more problematic in the future. Preventative care tends to be easier and less expensive!

So get your kids in early. Jennifer Martin Orthodontics treats families of all ages, including the kids still in their single digit years!

Orthodontics for Teens

There was a time that teenagers and Orthodontics meant just one thing-Braces. And while many teens still wear braces (they are an excellent treatment option), we can now offer Invisalign® aligners. Invisalign has made orthodontic treatment more practical for many people, including teenagers.

With this age of social media and selfie culture that we’re in the midst of, teenagers are less enthusiastic about having a mouthful of chunky metal braces. Invisalign aligners are clear, practically invisible, and this is a major selling point.

Invisalign has other benefits too though, such as the ability to take them out in order to eat and clean your teeth. They are comprised of less hardware than braces, so less potential for breakage and damage.

Schedule with Jennifer Martin Orthodontics and see if Invisalign may be right for the teenager in your life!

Orthodontics for Adults

Orthodontics aren’t just for kids! More adults than ever are seeking out orthodontic care, partially as a result of Invisalign coming out, but also because people are coming to understand that the health of your mouth affects the health of your body. And as you get older you want to keep your body as healthy as possible!

When your teeth are straight and even, it’s easier to keep your gums clean and healthy. Unhealthy gums can lead to periodontal disease, and more serious health issues later on down the line.

Another benefit to straight teeth as an adult is less wear and tear. When you’re biting down properly because your teeth are straight, you’re not crashing your teeth into each other unnecessarily. This means your teeth will stay healthy and strong for years to come.

Schedule with Jennifer Martin Orthodontics Today!

Jennifer Martin Orthodontics is a Legacy Practice. That means Dr. Martin literally grew up in this office! She purchased the business from her father years ago, and many of their current patients have parents who were patients way back when!

Family and community are important to Dr. Martin and her team. They really take the time to get to know each of their patients, and understand their goals and reasons for seeking out treatment. You will never feel like “just another body” in the chair here, you may become one of the family if you’re not careful!

Locate in Pleasant Hill Jennifer Martin Orthodontics serves patients from all over the Bay, including Walnut Creek, Martinez, and San Ramon. Give their office a call today at (925) 676-8485 and schedule your appointment for the whole family!

Creating generations of smiles through a legacy of personal care and heartfelt service!