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Rio Rancho, NM 87124

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Archive for the ‘Money Matters’ Category

Why Do Orthodontists Charge Different Fees for Braces?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on July 22nd, 2016
Why Do Orthodontists Charge Different Fees for Braces?

Some orthodontic patients are surprised to find out that the cost of braces commonly varies from office to office. Assuming that the treatment plan and final results would be similar (which may or may not actually be the case), what causes fees to be higher in one office than another? What factors affect orthodontic fees and how are they calculated? As with any product or service, the cost of getting braces is determined by multiple factors. Among these are 1) the cost of the materials and supplies, 2) the cost of staff salaries, 3) the cost and maintenance of the…

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What Happens at Your First Orthodontic Appointment?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on May 15th, 2016
What Happens at Your First Orthodontic Appointment?

It is normal to be nervous anytime you are doing something for the first time. If you’ve never been to see an orthodontist before, it is not surprising that you may be wondering what is going to happen at that visit. Here’s what your first visit will be like in my office… As with all visits to any healthcare provider, there will always be some preliminary “paperwork” that will need to be taken care of before we get started. This can take place on our website, by filling out the paperwork that we’ve mailed to your home, or by filling…

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How to Find a Good Orthodontist in Your Area

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on April 14th, 2015
How to Find a Good Orthodontist in Your Area

Every time I read an orthodontic blog written by another orthodontist, there is almost always an article about how to choose an orthodontist. Predictably, when I get to the conclusion, the best orthodontist for the reader is usually the doctor writing the blog! I’ve always thought that was a little self-serving and vowed I’d never write an article like that myself. Surprisingly however, I’ve had quite a few readers who really want to know how to find a good orthodontist in their own area of the country. Since the vast majority of you reading this live nowhere near Rio Rancho,…

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What is the Difference between an Orthodontist and a Dentist That Does Orthodontics?

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on March 16th, 2015
What is the Difference between an Orthodontist and a Dentist That Does Orthodontics?

Summary: An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has two to three years additional treatment after dental school Orthodontic residents receive between 4,000 and 6,000 hours of hands-on clinical experience treating every type of smile and bite problem General dentists typically receive a single orthodontic course in dental school and may not be required to provide any hands-on orthodontic treatment to graduate For-profit continuing education courses after dental school may provide general dentists with as little as two-days of lecture before “certification” and usually provide no hands-on experience on actual patients at all It is getting harder to tell the…

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Three Questions to Ask at Second Opinions in Orthodontics

Posted by Dr. Jorgensen on October 7th, 2012
Three Questions to Ask at Second Opinions in Orthodontics

I recently broke a tooth. Being a child of the 1960’s, my mouth is full of good old-fashioned silver fillings. Like everyone else in my generation, I didn’t enjoy the benefits of fluoride in the drinking water. In fact, one of the most popular toothpaste commercials of my day showed a young child bouncing into the house after a dental checkup bragging “Mommy! Mommy! I only have one cavity!” Today we’d be upset if our kids had a new cavity at each visit, but back then cavities were the norm. The minute my tooth broke I knew that I was going to…

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