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A New Smile for a New Year!

December 18th, 2019

Christmas is right around the corner, and the year 2020 is just behind it! Why not start your New Year with a smile that won’t just get your year off to a good start, but will last you for a lifetime?

Orthodontic care isn’t just a matter of presenting a pleasing picture to the world. Straight, even, properly functioning teeth are an integral aspect of ensuring the overall wellness of your entire body.

Read on to learn more about the importance of Orthodontics for everyone in your family-not just the child or teen in your life.

Orthodontics for Kids and Teens

It is recommended that a child see and orthodontist by the age of 7. Even if your child’s teeth appear straight and even there may be issues that only a trained Orthodontist can see.

When you catch potential issues early on for your child, it is easier to use preventative measures to ensure that the problems don’t become more intensive (and expensive!) to fix later on in the future.

Teenagers do well with orthodontics because they’re still growing, but there is a better sense of what direction their teeth are taking.

Since the introduction of Invisalign® it is even easier to treat patients of all ages. Chunky metal braces are no longer necessary for treating uneven teeth.

Orthodontics for Adults

More adults are seeking out Orthodontics every year. People are living longer lives, making it even more important to maintain the health and longevity of your teeth as long as possible.

Adults can use orthodontics to improve the quality of their lives. Straight and even teeth will ensure that your bite is proper. When your bite is optimally positioned you can better chew the foods that you need to feel healthy and strong year after year.

It’s not just about healthy food though. Misaligned bites can lead to more serious issues, such as chipping, breaking, excessive plaque build-up, and even TMJ.

Any of these issues can lead to pain, which can lead to irritability and poor sleep. Those are not desirable traits when you’re a busy working adult-especially if you have kids!

Jennifer Martin Orthodontics

Jennifer Martin Orthodontics is committed to maintaining the health of your entire family’s teeth. This practice is extremely family and community oriented. In fact, Dr. Martin purchased this practice from her Father and likes to joke around that she literally grew up in these offices!

Located in Pleasant Hill, Dr. Martin treats patients from all over the Peninsula, including San Ramon, Walnut Creek, and Martinez.

This is your year! You deserve a healthy happy smile, and so does the rest of your family. Don’t wait any longer to start working towards the smile you all deserve.

Give her office a call today, and start smiling bigger and better for the new decade!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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