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!
Smiles Orthodontics is excited to share our new Smiles T-shirts – exclusively for our patients!
These vintage heathered charcoal grey tees come in two options: a regular tee in both kids and adult sizes, as well as a women’s v-neck.So soft and cozy, you’ll want to wear it everywhere – not just to your next appointment!
Be sure to tell your friends – each new patient who starts treatment will receive a new Smiles Tee!
And don’t worry, you can get your hands on one, too. If you’ve already received an older t-shirt style, 350 rewards points is all it takes to get a new one!
Every patient still receives 50 rewards points for wearing any of the Smiles shirts to their appointment, so wearing your new one will basically pay for itself!
Do you love your smile? Do you have a friend that you want to share a smile with? If so, then we have the perfect program from you! Here at Smiles Orthodontics, we love our patients and their smiles so much that we have created an easy way for you to share a smile with your friends!
How does this referral program work? Check it out:
- First, get a Refer A Friend card (or two) from the Smiles Orthodontics office.
- Write your name in the blank space on the back.
- Then five it to a friend that you want to refer to our office.
- When they come in for their first appointment, make sure they bring the referral card with your name on it.
- You will receive EITHER a $75 account credit OR 3750 of reward points when they start orthodontic treatment.
If you have any questions regarding this process or need to schedule your next appointment with Smiles Orthodontics, please contact us.