The Benefits of Virtual Orthodontic Consultations

The Benefits of virtual orthodontic consultations!


We understand that trips to the orthodontist can be hard to fit into your busy schedule at the best of times. Now, with the Covid-19 pandemic, you may be finding it even more difficult to visit the office in person.

virtual appointments

Karla M. Alvarado, DMD, MSD, and the rest of the Plymouth Orthodontics team are dedicated to helping patients both in-office and out. Our practice offers comprehensive orthodontic services to give you the smile you’ve been dreaming of. This includes in-person appointments when necessary, virtual appointments, and communication with Smile Snap to help you start or continue your orthodontic journey while at home!

The team at Plymouth Orthodontics is proud to be offering in-person AND virtual appointments to our patients. It has been quite a while since we have been able to see you for regular check-ups, and we miss you all! As of June 8th, we are able to start seeing all of our patients in person, whether it’s an emergency or not. We are taking the necessary precautions to keep all of you safe.

Although we would love to see everyone back in the office, we understand that you might not feel comfortable coming in – whether that’s because you’re more at risk, or you live with someone who is. If you’re interested in coming into the Plymouth Ortho office to see us, please refer to our website to learn about what we’ve been doing to keep you safe and what we expect you to do.

If you’re interested in coming into the Plymouth Ortho office to see us, please refer to our website to learn about what we’ve been doing to keep you safe and what we expect you to do.

Benefits

Virtual appointments allow us to continue to help you with your orthodontic journey, while giving you the protection you need, saving time, alleviating stress, and getting quick estimates without inconveniencing you. Virtual appointments are helping Plymouth Orthodontics make sure you and your family stay safe by facilitating the same treatment as always – just from your home. The team at Plymouth Orthodontics wants to make sure our patients that are caring for children or the elderly, are pregnant or are immunocompromised are as safe as possible during this time.

smile snap

Our Smile Snap consults also are very quick. They happen when you have a few minutes to submit your info, and then Dr. Alvarado and the rest of the Plymouth Orthodontics team get back to you! Find out if orthodontics are right for you and your life without spending the time to commute and spend an hour at a consult.

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Plymouth  Orthodontics is using Smile Snap to facilitate our virtual orthodontic appointments. Smile Snap is a user-friendly way to communicate with us by sending us information and pictures of your smile while you are safe at home! This works completely with your schedule, allowing you to start or continue your smile journey without even having to leave your home. This also gives you the opportunity to decide if orthodontic treatment is for you, without having to take time off work. We are with you every step of the way through great technology. Learn more about Smile Snap and schedule your virtual consult here.

Learn more about Smile Snap and schedule your virtual consult here.

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Our free consultations have been filling up fast, so reserve yours ASAP! You’ll find out first hand why so many other people just like you are choosing Plymouth Orthodontics to straighten their smiles! Now that you know exactly what to expect, you’re well prepared to come in. Give us a call or complete our online form to schedule now!

Handling Orthodontic Issues at Home!

Caring for braces during Corona Virus & social distancing

Caring for your braces during Corona Virus

During this prolonged period of time we are all spending at home, it is possible that you may have an orthodontic problem. No need to worry! Our office may be temporarily closed, but we are still here for you over the phone during normal business hours. 

Call our office during normal business hours M-F 8-5pm and you can speak to a team member and we can handle any issues over the phone.

There are some things that we can suggest you do if you find yourself in discomfort, however, you should always call us to share what is happening with your orthodontic treatments. 

Tools you can count on: 

  • Orthodontic relief wax 
  • Dental floss 
  • Disinfected tweezers 
  • Q-tips 
  • Salt
  • Interproximal brush 
  • Toothpicks 
  • Non-prescription pain reliever (acetaminophen or ibuprofen) 
  • Topical Anesthetic (Orabase or Ora-Gel)

Have you lost an O-Ring?

The O-ring is that tiny rubber band, or sometimes a metal ligature, that holds the orthodontic wire to the brace. If the rubber band comes off, you can use disinfected tweezers to put it back in place. If the metal ligature comes off or loosens, just remove it with the tweezers. If the wire ligature is sticking out and irritating your lip, it can be bent in with a q-tip or clean pencil eraser. If your metal ligature is sticking out or causing any problems, notify us and we can come up with a plan for repair.

Are you having any sort of discomfort?

Having discomfort during orthodontic treatment is to be expected, however it should not last more than a couple days. The age old trick of gargling warm salt water helps to clean and relieve minor pains. Over the counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen help to relieve discomfort. Always call us if your discomfort lasts any longer than a couple days.

Oh no, a protruding wire!

Sometimes the end of a wire can work itself out of the bracket and start to irritate your mouth. Use a Q-tip or tweezers to attempt to push it flat with the face of your tooth. If the wire is not cooperating, cover it with relief wax. If you’re having issues with wires, we are available during normal business hours to discuss possible solutions. 

Mouth Sores = No Fun!

Some patients get mouth sores, while some do not. Braces are not the cause of these mouth sores, however irritation from the wires or brackets may further aggravate the mouth sores. Using a cotton swab to apply a topical anesthetic (like Ora-gel or Orabase) to the sore as needed can provide relief. If after a couple days, the discomfort has not subsided, call the office to talk about options. 

Mouth Irritation?

It’s not unheard of for braces or the wires that come with them to cause a sense of discomfort to the mouth, especially when eating. Using a small amount of orthodontic relief wax between the metal and mouth creates a great barrier for relief. All you need is a pea size amount of wax, roll it into a ball, flatten the ball and place it over the entire irritating area. Wax can be purchased from any drugstore if you run out. 

Loose braces, brackets or bands?

If your braces or bands start to loosen in any way, call Plymouth Orthodontics anytime Monday through Friday, from 8-5 and we will help you fix your issue in the best way possible. 

 

We may not be able to meet in our office at the moment, but Plymouth Orthodontics is still here for you during your orthodontic treatment. Your smile journey is important to us! 

What to Expect at Your Child’s First Orthodontic Consultation

You or your child may feel overwhelmed or even nervous ahead of an orthodontic consultation. However, there is nothing to be worried about! It’s important to our team that you and your child feel comfortable at Plymouth Orthodontics, and we know how important your first visit can be. Our team will walk you through every step of the way on your child’s path to a straighter healthier smile!

What to Expect at Your Child’s First Orthodontic Consultation


A straight smile is so much more than just a matter of physical appearance. Crooked teeth can damage confidence, but they can also cause cavities, issues swallowing, trouble speaking, decreased oral health and other issues. A misaligned bite can cause jaw pain, and lead to cracked or worn down teeth and exposed nerves in the mouth. With today’s orthodontic options, it’s hard to know what option is best for your child.

You or your child may feel overwhelmed or even nervous ahead of an orthodontic consultation. However, there is nothing to be worried about! It’s important to our team that you and your child feel comfortable at Plymouth Orthodontics, and we know how important your first visit can be. Our team will walk you through every step of the way on your child’s path to a straighter healthier smile!

What to Expect at Your Child's First Orthodontic Consultation in Plymouth, Massachusetts

Your child’s first appointment is an opportunity to get to know the Plymouth Orthodontics team and develop a personalized treatment plan. We’ll go over exactly what to expect, so that you and your child will feel prepared. When you come to Plymouth Orthodontics for your consultation, you’ll have a chance to meet our team and Dr. Alvarado, tour our office, and have your questions answered. We’ll discuss treatment options, timelines, insurance benefits, financial arrangements and any other concerns you or your child may have. This complimentary first appointment is pain-free and only lasts about an hour.

When is the right time for your child’s first orthodontic appointment?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age seven. This can seem very young to parents who had braces in their teens, but technologies have advanced to allow orthodontists to detect tooth and jaw issues much earlier and correct them early to prevent the need for more invasive procedures in the future. While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect. The check-up may reveal that everything is developing normally, in which case we would recommend periodic check-ups with our office to continue monitoring growth. If the check-up reveals that there is a problem, we will guide you through the process and how to manage it. This may involve early orthodontic treatment or waiting until most or all of the permanent teeth transition and starting orthodontic treatment as an adolescent. For more information, click here.

Consultation Step 1: Meet the team & tour our office

After you check in at Plymouth Orthodontics, one of our treatment coordinators will greet you and give you a tour of the office. You can help yourself to coffee, tea, hot chocolate or water. There may even be a gift waiting for you or your child!

We’ll get to know you and your child, and find out your interests, lifestyle & schedule, treatment preferences & concerns and smile goals. This is all part of creating your child’s personalized treatment plan! At Plymouth Orthodontics, you and your child are more than just patients. You’re part of the Plymouth Orthodontics family! We can’t wait to get to know your child and support you both. We strive to make all of your appointments stress free and fun – from the first visit to the last.

Consultation Step 2: Exam & personalized treatment plan with Dr. Alvarado

Once you’ve gotten a tour of our office, we’ll review your child’s dental and medical history, examine their teeth, bite and smile, and perform an oral x-ray to assess their orthodontic needs. If your child hasn’t yet lost all their baby teeth, Dr. A will check their development and recommend treatment or periodic check-ups. The main focus of your consultation is to get more information about your child’s orthodontic needs and develop a treatment plan, so you’ll leave our office with plenty of information!

If your child does need orthodontic treatment, we’ll sit down to discuss a range of options and develop your child’s personalized treatment plan together. At Plymouth Orthodontics, we have many options to give your child a straight smile, so we’ll discuss braces, Invisalign and more.
Every patient is unique, and so are their treatment plans! During the creation of your child’s personalized treatment plan, we’ll take many different factors into consideration and get feedback from you and your child to make sure treatment will integrate well into your lives. You and your child will have plenty of time to get all your questions answered and make sure you feel confident moving to the next step in the orthodontic process.

Consultation Step 3: Set up financial arrangements & next appointment

After deciding on an ideal personalized treatment plan, we’ll help you figure out a financial arrangement that works for you and get your child’s first treatment appointment scheduled. Plymouth Orthodontics accepts and works with all dental insurances as well as MassHealth, so we will call your insurance for a complimentary benefits check to start.

Next, we figure out what payment options you’re interested in and go from there. At Plymouth Orthodontics, we offer flexible payment options to make straightening your smile easy! In addition to working with your insurance provider, Plymouth Orthodontics accepts all major credit cards and offers third-party financing through Care Credit. At your consultation, we can work together to find an arrangement that suits you and your family’s needs. Discounts are also available when multiple family members come to our office.

Then, we schedule your child’s next appointment where they will be getting appliances placed or getting scanned for Invisalign. The Plymouth Orthodontics team will explain the importance of good oral hygiene while the appliances are in place. They will also discuss how to care for the appliances and review proper dental hygiene procedures. Appointments are usually needed every 6-10 weeks to determine the progress of your teeth and to make adjustments.

What’s next: Braces or Invisalign?

  • If your child is straightening their smile with braces, their installation will take 1-2 hours. The installation process is not painful. However, your child may have discomfort a couple hours after they’re installed. For more information, check out our blog post about getting your child ready for braces!
  • If your child is straightening their smile with Invisalign, their scan may be performed at their initial consultation or at a separate appointment that works for you. With our state of the art 3D scanner, there’s no need for messy Impressions. Instead of a mouth full of putty, we can quickly scan your child’s smile to get the best and most accurate dental impressions, as well as a before and after look at their treatment results.

How to prepare for your appointment

Be sure to bring your new patient forms and insurance information with you to your appointment. Having your dentist send over dental records is also a good first step. If you have any questions or concerns ahead of your consultation, please contact us! Give us a call at 508-815-1695. The Plymouth Orthodontics team is happy to help!

Haven’t scheduled your appointment yet?

Our free consultations have been filling up fast, so reserve yours ASAP! You’ll find out first hand why so many other people just like you are choosing Plymouth Orthodontics to straighten their smiles! Now that you know exactly what to expect, you’re well prepared to come in. Give us a call or complete our online form to schedule now!

How to Choose the Best Orthodontist for Your Family – The Top 10 Questions to Ask!

Choosing an orthodontist for you or your child is a big decision! We’ve put together a guide with the top 10 questions you need to ask in order to choose the best orthodontist for your needs. Since most orthodontic treatment plans are long-term, you’ll want to make sure you’re comfortable before you move forward with straightening your smile.

How to Choose the Best Orthodontist for your Family – The Top 10 Questions to Ask!


Choosing an orthodontist for you or your child is a big decision! Since most orthodontic treatment plans require multiple appointments and span longer than just a couple months, you’ll want to make sure you’re comfortable with the orthodontist and their practice before you move forward with straightening your smile.

Selecting the best orthodontist for you can seem complicated or confusing. This is especially true if, like most people, it’s your first time navigating orthodontic treatment. Talking to a friend or family member who has experience and recommendations can be very helpful. In addition, we’ve put together a guide with the top 10 questions you need to ask in order to choose the best orthodontist for you and your family!

How to Choose the Best Orthodontist for your Family - Download the Top 10 Questions to ask Before Choosing your Orthodontist!

Before you begin asking questions or scheduling consultations, get a broad view of your options by doing a Google search. Check out the orthodontic offices nearby your home, work or school to see what the most convenient locations are. Then, read the offices’ google reviews to see what their patients are saying. While you’re checking the office out, try to find out if they take your insurance. At Plymouth Orthodontics, we file with MassHealth, Medicaid, and all private insurances. We also offer flexible payment options, accept all major credit cards and offer third-party financing through Care Credit.

Once you review your local orthodontists’ location, reviews and website, you will have some clues about whether the office will be a good fit for you and your family or not. We recommend scheduling a free consultation to ask questions and find out more about the office. At Plymouth Orthodontics, we believe your first visit should be free, because we know there are many considerations that go into your decision for orthodontic treatment for you or your family, and we don’t want you to to make a financial commitment before you’re ready!

To make the most of your free consultation, come prepared with our Top 10 Questions guide and your own personalized questions. In preparation, think in detail about you and your child’s lifestyle, and your plans for the next couple years during treatment. Consider when would be the best times for appointments, and kind of special care you or your child may need, how you would prefer to finance orthodontic treatment, and any other concerns you have want to ask the orthodontist about. Then you’ll be ready to confidently make your orthodontic treatment decision!

During your complimentary consultation at Plymouth Orthodontics, you’ll meet our team, learn more about orthodontics, have your questions and concerns answered, get an expert opinion on your treatment options and receive a complete orthodontic exam.

During your consultation, Dr. Alvarado and her team will:

  • Review your dental and medical history forms and previous dental records
  • Provide a complete orthodontic oral exam, with X-rays, to determine whether treatment is necessary
  • Help you create a customized treatment plan for your smile
  • Discuss all financial information, insurance options and payment plans
  • Answer any questions you may have, discuss any concerns you may have and provide all of the information that you need to determine which treatment is right for you.

 

With a little preparation and our Top 10 Questions guide, you’ll be all set to choose the best orthodontist for you and your family. Download your guide now to get started today! Once you review your guide, let us know if you have any further questions and reserve your free consultation at our office ASAP – spots are filling up quickly!

Download the Top 10 Questions to ask Before Choosing your Orthodontist

How to Choose the Best Orthodontist for your Family - Download the Top 10 Questions to ask Before Choosing your Orthodontist!

Working with MassHealth to Make Orthodontic Treatment Affordable for our Massachusetts Community

At Plymouth Orthodontics, we’re passionate about making our community smile! As part of the Plymouth community, we strive to make orthodontic care accessible to all families. That’s why we file with MassHealth, Medicaid, and all private insurances. We’re committed to working together to find an arrangement that suits you and your family’s needs.

Working with MassHealth to Make Orthodontic Treatment Affordable for our Massachusetts Community


At Plymouth Orthodontics, we’re passionate about making our community smile! As part of the Plymouth Massachusetts community, we strive to make orthodontic care accessible to all families. That’s why we file with MassHealth, Medicaid, and all private insurances. We also offer flexible payment options, accept all major credit cards and offer third-party financing through Care Credit.

We’re committed to working together to find an arrangement that suits you and your family’s needs. In the past few months, we’ve gotten lots of questions about MassHealth. Parents are wondering if we work with MassHealth, asking us what coverage they’ll get through MassHealth, and feeling confused on how to get started and asking many other questions. We’re here to help!

MassHealth for Braces in Plymouth, Massachusetts

About MassHealth’s Coverage

There are six different MassHealth coverage types: Standard, CommonHealth, CarePlus, Family Assistance, Premium Assistance, and Limited. You can apply for coverage by completing a Massachusetts Application for Health and Dental Coverage and Help Paying Costs (also known as an ACA-3). Then, MassHealth will notify you about which program or coverage type you’re eligible for. The organization will offer you as much coverage as possible. Eligibility depends on factors such as income, citizenship, age, and special circumstances.

It’s also important to note that MassHealth only covers orthodontic treatment for children under 21. While some MassHealth coverage does include dental benefits for adults, the benefits don’t extend to braces or orthodontic treatment over the age of 21. If you’re a adult with MassHealth coverage looking to straighten your smile, our office can definitely assist you! In addition to filing with MassHealth, Medicaid, and all private insurances, we also offer flexible payment options, accept all major credit cards and offer third-party financing through Care Credit. At your free consultation, we’ll answer any questions you may have, create your personalized treatment plan and discuss financing options.

Once you get your MassHealth coverage, the next step is to schedule your free consultation at Plymouth Orthodontics! If you’re curious if your MassHealth coverage extends to orthodontic treatment, our office would be happy to check your benefits for you. We’ll answer any questions you may have, discuss your child’s smile goals, and find out your eligibility for MassHealth orthodontic coverage.

Free Braces with MassHealth

If you are approved for coverage by MassHealth, you will not have any out-of-pocket costs for your orthodontic treatment – Phase I treatment, records, braces, appliances, retainers and retention visits are all covered. At this time, MassHealth only covers traditional metal braces and does not cover Invisalign treatment. While braces aren’t invisible, they are a tried and true way to effectively straighten your smile. If you’d like, we can compare braces and Invisalign treatment and costs at your free consultation to help you make an informed choice.

If your child has previously been denied for MassHealth orthodontic coverage with another office, we would be happy to advocate for your family and resubmit for coverage at your complimentary consultation. If coverage is still denied, we’ll talk about your child’s need for orthodontic treatment, the costs and your other financing options to find a solution for your family.

Has your family recently moved and is looking for a new orthodontist? If your child already has MassHealth Braces on from a different office and you have moved close to our office, we will submit for transfer coverage at your consultation.

Start your Child’s Smile Journey with Plymouth Orthodontics & MassHealth Today

 

Plymouth Orthodontic’s complimentary consultations are a quick, easy and free way for you to get more answers about your insurance benefits and orthodontic treatment. To get started, complete this form or give us a call at 508-815-1695!

Our free consultations have been filling up fast! Reserve your free consultation today and see why so many other people are choosing Plymouth Orthodontics to straighten their smiles!

Celebrating Our First Anniversary!

We’re celebrating an amazing first year of smiles! First off, we want to say thank you to our Plymouth Orthodontics’ family – we couldn’t have done it without our awesome patients and dedicated team members – as well as our supportive family and friends. Let’s take a look back at the past year, and then at our goals for the future!

Celebrating Our First Anniversary!


We’re celebrating an amazing first year of smiles! First off, we want to say thank you to our Plymouth Orthodontics family – we couldn’t have done it without our awesome patients and dedicated team members – as well as our supportive family and friends. Let’s take a look back at the past year, and then at our goals for the future!

When our office was ready to open after months of renovations, we celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony co-hosted by the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce. It was a great night to kick-off our business, make connections in the community and celebrate our achievements! In our opinion, there’s no better town to start a new business than Plymouth. Between the history, the people, and the scenery, it really does not get better!

Celebrating Plymouth Orthodontics' First Anniversary!

Celebrating Plymouth Orthodontics' First Anniversary!

Celebrating Plymouth Orthodontics' First Anniversary!

Celebrating Plymouth Orthodontics' First Anniversary!

Celebrating Plymouth Orthodontics' First Anniversary!

Celebrating Plymouth Orthodontics' First Anniversary!

Last August, Plymouth Orthodontics opened up as a two woman team. We were very eager and excited about changing smiles, and we hit the ground running! Over the last 12 months, we’ve packed our schedule with new patients and brought on great new team members. Our team is passionate about taking the best care of our patients and it’s brought us great success!

Celebrating Plymouth Orthodontics' First Anniversary!

Celebrating Plymouth Orthodontics' First Anniversary!

Celebrating Plymouth Orthodontics' First Anniversary!

Celebrating Plymouth Orthodontics' First Anniversary!

Celebrating Plymouth Orthodontics' First Anniversary!

Celebrating Plymouth Orthodontics' First Anniversary!

Our patients are one of the best parts of our office! We love to post on social media welcoming them to our ‘family’, because that is exactly how it feels! We have worked with patients from six to sixty years old and everything in between. We are lucky that we see our patients frequently, because we get to cheer them on and watch them transform! At Plymouth Orthodontics, we are firm believers in the Golden Rule and always have our patients’ best interests in mind. It’s not just about orthodontics – it’s about the confidence we help our patients gain!

Celebrating Plymouth Orthodontics' First Anniversary!

Celebrating Plymouth Orthodontics' First Anniversary!

Celebrating Plymouth Orthodontics' First Anniversary!

Celebrating Plymouth Orthodontics' First Anniversary!

Q & A with Dr. Alvarado

Q: What inspired you to start your own business/become an orthodontist?
A: “Growing up I was initially fearful of going to the dentist. Over time this changed because I had wonderful experiences with my dentist and orthodontist. These experiences inspired me to become a dentist and then an orthodontist and provide exceptional service to my patients to help them overcome their fears and improve their self esteem. I love my profession and how I am able to create connections with my patients. My goal is to change their perceptions of going to the dentist/orthodontist and then make it a nice experience – not something to fear.”

Q: What was it that made you pick Plymouth, Massachusetts as the home for your new business?
A: “Some of our family members live locally and we always enjoyed visiting this area. We moved to Plymouth during the fall of 2017 and instantly loved being part of the community. We especially love the beautiful waterfront landscapes, the small town feel and access to both the city of Boston and Cape Cod within a short drive in either direction!”

Q: You grew up in Puerto Rico – what was your favorite part about living there?
A: There are too many to pick just one! Food, weather, landscape, nature/wildlife and beaches.

Q: When you’re not busy in the office, how do you like to spend your time?
A: Spending quality time with my husband and pup, Lexie, exploring our new hometown and state. My husband and I love food! So we are always checking out local restaurants and bakeries.

Celebrating Plymouth Orthodontics' First Anniversary!

Celebrating Plymouth Orthodontics' First Anniversary!

Celebrating Plymouth Orthodontics' First Anniversary!


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