I’ve Got You Covered Part I
I’m getting old! In a few short months, I will be turning 26 and as every millennial knows, that’s the age that you get kicked off your parent’s insurance. Now, I know what you’re thinking I am grown, and I clearly have a job (since I am writing this) so I should be able to find and afford insurance no problem! The sad thing is, you are probably correct, but I know nothing about insurance plans or the procedures I should probably have covered. So if you are like me, and you want to know more about the types of dental procedures you will probably need coverage for, keep reading.
The first thing I want to cover is the different types of insurance plans. When you are in the market for dental insurance, there are many different types of plans that offer varying amounts of coverage and varying degrees of flexibility in the provider of choice. For this reason I am going to break down the different types of insurance plans that are currently available.
According to the American Dental Association, the dental insurance types are as follows:
If you are still with me, that means you have read up on the different types of dental insurance plans that exist. Any given person may have none, one or any combination of these plans. If you don’t know what type of plan you currently have be sure to call your insurance and ask to speak to a representative.
At all the Texas Dental Group offices we accept Medicaid and PPO plans or plans from Preferred Provider Organizations. Please call any of our specific locations to find out if you are considered “in-network” have your insurance card ready when you call. Conroe - (936) 760-3050, Galveston - (409) 740-7744, Homestead - (713) 633-1922, and Richmond - (281) 238-4454.
For more information about dental plans please refer to the American Dental Association website: https://success.ada.org/en/dental-benefits/dental-plan-overview.
With summer being in full swing, we all know what that means! WEDDING SEASON. And whether it is your wedding day or some distant relative you really don’t know, I am here to give you the tea on looking snatched no matter what the situation is. Let me help you get all the way together with some helpful advice to make that special day everything.
Weddings are joyous events that inspire love, hope and happiness! And so when you know you are going to be a guest at a wedding there are some things you should do to prepare. Whether you are going stag or with someone, you want to be sure that you have been keeping up with your semi annual oral exams. This is one of the most important steps for wedding season because no one wants to kiss a dirty mouth. Just kidding. All jokes aside, who better to tell you where your problem areas are than your dentist and your oral hygienist. Seriously, let professionals help you start your journey.
The next thing you should do is call for a consultation. When you call us or your dental office let them know that you are looking into having work done for a wedding or even your wedding. When you go in for a consultation at any of the Texas Dental Group location, depending on the state your teeth are currently in, they may recommend a special type of veneer called Lumineers, teeth whitening, or even Fastbraces. Lumineers are similar to crowns but they are only meant for aesthetic purposes and they go on the front of your teeth. To prepare for Lumineers the dentist may only shave a little bit of the front of your teeth and cement a perfect porcelain veneer on top of your existing tooth to give clients their desired look. To give the dentist plenty of time to get your Lumineer placed visit the dentist at least two months in advance to the wedding date. Veneers are going to help offer the most immediate results for getting your teeth where you want them for the wedding.
4 weeks later. . .
To get the best deal at our office for veneers, in the month of August Lumineers will be buy 6 get 2 free. Now, the teeth whitening we offer at Texas Dental Group includes a to-go treatment and an in-house treatment. If it is your wedding day, the bride and groom should definitely get a teeth whitening because your teeth in contrast to the white dress will stand out. You will also probably take a million photos that will last forever. Depending on the state of your teeth and how sensitive your gums are to the treatment you may need to do more than one session of whitening so keep that in mind when you are preparing for the wedding. During the whitening process you may also want to stay away from foods and drinks that will stain your teeth such as berries, red wine and coffee. So, don’t play yourself, and get your teeth whitened; you’re welcome! At Texas Dental Group, we also offer a service called Fastbraces, which can straighten your teeth in as little as three to six months (yes, you read correctly; our Senior Master Provider Dr. Tran is that good)!
After 3 months of treatment
In fact, for the rest of the month of July our Fastbraces are 20% off, so don’t waste any time. Call today! Conroe (936) 760-3050, Galveston (409) 740-7744, Houston (713) 633-1922, and Richmond (281) 238-4454.
The last piece of advice I would like to offer is maintain safe sexual practices. You and your partner should maintain safe sexual practices because believe it or not, it is good for your oral health. Keep in mind, certain strains of HPV can lead to oral cancer and that is why it is important to know your status, get vaccinated, get tested regularly and use protection. Now, enjoy your wedding season. For more information on the correlation of HPV and oral cancer please visit the following websites hosted by the Oral Cancer Foundation, the United States Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Dental Association (ADA): https://oralcancerfoundation.org/understanding/hpv/hpv-oral-cancer-facts/, https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/hpv/basic_info/hpv_oropharyngeal.htm, and https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/hpv-and-oral-cancer.
Summer Vacation Tips
Hello again! It’s Allison. With summer in full swing, I wanted to get on here and give y’all some summer vacation tips that will ensure a delightful time no matter what you are up to.
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