Meet, Sara, our Treatment Coordinator! She’ll be one of the first Smiles to greet you when you come in for a consultation and can answer all of your questions about treatment!
What’s a fun fact not many people know about you? I married my high school sweetheart
Have you ever had braces? Yes, once when I was 19, then again at 23 since I didn’t wear my retainers. I did invisalign later on because I didn’t have a bonded retainer placed and, even with my best efforts, I didn’t wear my retainers as directed. But third times a charm! 🙂
If you could have any celebrity patient at Smiles, who would it be? Michael Phelps, I just want to help that boy with his bite! Hey, he might even become a better swimmer!
What’s your favorite food? That’s hard, I like all different kinds of food! Probably Mexican, Italian and Dim Sum
What’s your favorite hobby? Hanging out with my family and being a mom
What’s your favorite holiday and why? 4th of July. It’s warm and a great time to gather and hang out with friends and family. Plus, I get to light off fireworks!
Where is your dream travel destination?I would love to go to Italy some day
Do you have any pets? At this time, just a cat named Piper. We have had 11 chickens and a dog in the past.
What’s your favorite part about working at Smiles? I love getting our patients excited about treatment and love to educate them on how treatment is going to benefit them lifelong!
Taylor Swift is coming, and Smiles Orthodontics has your chance to win tickets!
Now through April 30th, refer a friend to Smiles Orthodontics and, when they start treatment, you’ll be entered to win 2 tickets to Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour on 5/22/18!
The more smiles you share, the more chances you’ll have to win!
You don’t want to miss this! Be sure to grab your Share A Smile cards at your next visit – or stop by any time to pick up some extras!
And don’t worry, you and your friends will still get all of the awesome incentives that come with our Share A Smile program! Your chance to win Taylor Swift tickets is just an added bonus!
The Reputation Stadium Tour will be one of the biggest events of the year – and Smiles Orthodontics wants to send you! Start sharing smiles today and enter to WIN!
At Smiles Orthodontics, we love giving back to our community and supporting local teams, clubs and organizations. We are so excited to introduce our Smiles That Give Back program; a program that donates $50 to a designated organization with every treatment start!
Here’s how it works:
Any local teams, clubs and organizations can sign up for the Smiles That Give Back program by contacting us.
Smiles Orthodontics provides cards that members can then distribute to their friends, family and the community.
For each new patient who brings the card to their consultation and starts treatment, Smiles Orthodontics will donate $50 back to the organization designated on the card!
Smiles That Give Back provides the opportunity for teams, clubs and organizations to receive continuous donations – with no monetary limit! The more new patients who bring in your card, the more money you can earn!
We love Thursdays at Smiles because we love a good throwback photo! We’ve got some more great throwbacks of the Smiles team this week!
Our assistant, Cassie, looking cute as always with her matching outfit and hair bow!
Our Marketing Coordinator, Melisa, loved fishing at an early age! These days, you’ll still find her catching fish on the fly!
Our Office Manager, Angi, has always enjoyed a day at the lake! Here she is soaking up the sun while water skiing!
It’s that time of the week again! We’ve got a couple fun Throwback Thursday photos this week featuring some funny food moments.
Our office manager, Angi, liked to snack on fried chicken while boating when she was little.
Our assistant, Erin, loved the classic rice crispy treat!
Our assistant, Taylor, didn’t love lemons so much.
It’s that time of year again where we get to thank YOU for being a part of the Smiles family! Join us on Saturday December 16th at 10am for our Smiles Orthodontics Patient Appreciation Event showing Star Wars The Last Jedi in 3D! Not only will we have a Smiles theater reserved for the movie, we will have some fun opportunities to win prizes, enter raffles, take fun photos in our photobooth, and so much more!
Be sure to stop by our office and RSVP to reserve your tickets!
Check out all of the details:
What: Star Wars The Last Jedi (in 3D)
When: December 16th @ 10am
*(please arrive at least 10-20 minutes early for fun prizes, photobooth photos, and more!)
Where: Regal Longston Place Stadium 14
RSVP IN OFFICE by December 4th – Limited Tickets Available so reserve yours today!
Sign up in our office to receive your novelty “ticket” which you can redeem on the day of the event for entry into the show! You may RSVP for up to 3 tickets (for you, a friend, & a family member). There are limited number of tickets available. We will have a waitlist for any tickets that become available!
Don’t forget to join the event on our Facebook page!
We can’t wait to celebrate! See you there!
This week on Smile’s Throwback Thursday blog series, we are all about the braces!
Check out our team members when they were in treatment – some of them even got their braces here!
Our Financial Coordinator, Heather
Our Assistant, Cassie
Our Public Relations Coordinator, Melisa
Our Treatment Coordinator, Sara
Our Assistant, Erin
We are so excited to share our Smile’s Throwback Thursday blog series! This week we’ve got some great throwbacks to kick it off!
Ever wonder what Dr. Larson looked like with hair?!
Here he is with his wife, Dolly, in all his hair glory!
Our Scheduling Coordinator, Brenda, was born loving healthy smiles.
Toothpaste in hand – before she could even walk!
Our Treatment Coordinator, Sara, was all smiles even when she was missing a few teeth.
And we LOVE her penguin sweatshirt!
Stay tuned for our next post – we’ve got loads of fun throwbacks coming your way!
Erin is one of our clinical assistants here at Smiles! We love her for her bubbly personality and one-of-a-kind laugh!
- What’s a fun fact not many people know about you?
My favorite TV show is the Gilmore Girls, and my daughter is named after a character
- Have you ever had braces? If yes, when?
I was 10 years old in our office! Then again in my early 20’s (wear your retainers!)
- If you could have any celebrity patient at Smiles, who would it be?
I’d love to have Michael Phelps!
- What is your favorite part about working at Smiles?
My favorite part about working at Smiles is taking patients’ braces off and showing them their brand new smile!
- What is your favorite food?
Anything Asian – teriyaki, dumplings, Thai, noodles. I don’t discriminate!
- What is your favorite hobby?
Growing my garden and cooking
- What is your favorite holiday and why?
Halloween because I love Fall, the decorations and think kids dressed up in Halloween costumes are adorable!
- Where is your dream travel destination?
- Do you have any pets? If yes, what kind(s) and name(s)?
We have a 5 year old boxer named Buddy that we rescued when he was 2
As we are quickly approaching the end of the year, it is a great time to review what’s available in your Flex Spending Accounts! FSA’s are know for their “use it or lose it” rule. Don’t let that money go to waste! Use it to start treatment now or to make a payment if you’ve already started. Planning ahead is crucial, as well. It’s that time to verify with your employer your Flex Spending for 2018. In addition, it’s great to keep in mind Health Savings Accounts and any changes in insurance coverage. Each year, many clients lose out on hundreds of dollars through their dental insurance provider, simply because time has slipped away. Don’t forget to take advantage of your remaining dental insurance benefits before the end of the year!
Not sure what benefits you have available or how it works?
Like most other services or treatments covered in your personal health insurance plan, the orthodontic coverage included in your policy will most likely refresh on December 31st, with the full coverage amount resetting on January 1st. This means that if you haven’t used all of your maximum annual allotment, anything that has been left unused will disappear. However, all insurance policies are unique. They offer a wide range of coverage maximums and vary in the way they set and calculate coverage maximums. For example, some offer a lifetime amount, while others will pay a certain percentage of your treatment each year. Be sure to confirm what your plan offers you by checking in your policy or by getting in touch with your provider.
If you work for a company that provides you any type of benefits, be sure to ask your manager or Human Resources Department if you can have a Flexible Spending Account. Under Section 125 of the IRS code, a flexible spending plan gives employees power in determining how their health care benefits are used.
FSA’s are often an overlooked and under used employee benefit…partly because they don’t generate significant profits for the administering companies, so they are not openly presented as much as standard insurances. Flexible Spending may have an enrollment period, usually at the beginning of each calendar year, and you get to determine how your health care money will be spent! So, be sure to contact your Human Resources right away.
FSA’s provide the opportunity to use pre-tax dollars for medical benefits, in turn reducing taxable salary, and increasing percentage of take-home pay. They also offer increased deductions for dependent care expenses and help with expenses of insurance increases in premiums, co-pays and deductibles.
One of the listed medical benefits under Section 125 is orthodontics, so you could get some help with pre-tax money (both state and federal) in paying for braces! When you think about it, orthodontics is one of the few medical expenses that have a predictable amount for annual expenditure. This can go a long way in providing that beautiful new smile for you and/or your loved ones.
Call us today!
Find out today whether your employer provides a Flexible Spending Account, and then ask for their help with the rules and regulations it might have. Then, contact us and we can help you maximize your benefits and plan for your treatment investment!