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Read This Before Ordering Orthodontic Treatment Online

 

These days you can do almost anything with the click of a button. Order school supplies. Get a ride across town. Watch your favorite movie.  Order food delivery. It seems like every day there’s a newer and easier way to do almost everything. We’ve been programmed to accept that anything can be ordered online and delivered right to your front door. However, at Sam Kadan Orthodontics, there is one thing that we believe has no easy replacement: orthodontic treatment. There is no match for a trained, experienced professional when it comes to your dental health. 

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) agrees. They recently issued a Consumer Alert listing key questions to ask about direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies. You can download a print-friendly version here.

The issue is that many direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies do not involve the in-person evaluation and/or in-person supervision of your treatment we provide at Sam Kadan Orthodontics. This type of supervision is important because there is more to creating a healthy, beautiful smile than moving the visible portions of your teeth. If not done correctly any dental work can lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changes to your facial profile, and other issues.  

An orthodontist like Dr. Sam Kadan has many tools in his arsenal to help create your beautiful smile – Invisalign is just one of them. It’s important to have a fully qualified and certified orthodontist involved when making any changes to your teeth.

 

The Top 8 Questions To Ask

The AAO advises that when researching orthodontic treatment (including treatment models from direct-to-consumer companies like SmileDirectClub, Candid Co., Smilelove, SnapCorrect, Orthly, etc), you should consider many key questions, some of which include:

  1. As part of your treatment, are comprehensive diagnostic records like x-rays taken before your treatment?
  2. As part of your treatment fee, do you receive any in-person visits to a dentist’s or orthodontist’s office during your treatment?
  3. Is only one treatment type offered (such as invisible aligners or a certain appliance)?
  4. What are the possible risks (financial, health, etc.) associated with your orthodontic treatment?
  5. Who is responsible for detecting any issues that may occur during your orthodontic treatment? Is it you? If it is a doctor not associated with your treatment, who pays for those check-ups?
  6. If an emergency arises, does the company have a dentist or orthodontist in your area that you can see in-person? If not, who would cover the costs associated with seeing a dentist or orthodontist in your area?
  7. If you have a dispute involving your orthodontic treatment, how is it handled?
  8. Does the treatment model comply with the dental laws in your state? To check your state’s dental laws, click https://www.aaoinfo.org/state-laws-and-regulations. Information for your state dental board can be found at https://www.aaoinfo.org/aao/state-dental-board-info.

 

Where You Receive Your Health Care Is A Very Important Personal Decision

Remember that orthodontic treatment is not a product or device – it is a professional, medical service. Dr. Sam Kadan has been creating beautiful smiles for children, teenagers and adults. He is a board-certified orthodontist who graduated Magna Cum Laude from the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He was recognized for his excellence in orthodontic care when he received the PASS International Dentist Award. Dr. Kadan completed his specialty training in orthodontics at the University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center and received his second award — the North Eastern Society of Orthodontists Research Award.

Dr. Kadan has a clinical associate faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, Department of Orthodontics. The position keeps him informed of the latest advances in orthodontic research and techniques and allows him to contribute to the education and training of the country’s future orthodontists. Dr. Kadan has shared his knowledge and experience by publishing peer-reviewed scientific papers and presenting at local and national orthodontic conferences.

Before making any decision about orthodontic treatment, consider doing some research and having an in-person consultation with Dr. Sam Kadan at Sam Kadan Orthodontics. Our friendly team is waiting to answer any of your questions and start you or your child on a path to a gorgeous smile!

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The Road to a Selfie-Ready Smile for Your Teen

Remember when your kid was little and you’d yell “Say cheese!” before snapping a photo? All those goofy smiles. As your child has grown into a teen, does he still smile for photos? A big, real smile showing his teeth?

All parents want their teenagers to be happy, confident and feel good about themselves. The teen years are rough! Those years of feeling awkward and insecure – don’t remind me! They say our smiles are the gateways to our hearts, but many of us are too insecure about our teeth to let our smiles shine.  Now more than ever, we have options to get your teen that selfie-ready smile before they’re off to college.

Two main questions parents and teens have about orthodontics are:

  1.     Will it hurt?
  2.     How long will this take?

Think of your options as the settings on your GPS. Whether your teen prefers the fastest route or the more enjoyable scenic route, we will get her to her destination of a straighter smile.

Fastest route

If your teen is of the mindset that the quicker the better, then braces and AcceleDent® is the way to go. You may not be familiar with AcceleDent, an orthodontics system that goes over the braces for 20 minutes each day to accelerate the work the braces are doing by up to 50%. Which means shorter time in braces!

Scenic route

If your teen is concerned about how she will look like with metal braces or if it will restrict her too much, she should ask about Invisalign® Teen. Invisalign aligners are made of nearly invisible clear plastic. Some teens also like that the aligners are removable so she can eat whatever she wants.

There is no right or wrong answer – it’s a matter of which treatment process is right for your teen. The great news is that you have options! Call our office at (215) 348-3100 or click below to schedule a consultation to get your teen a straighter smile by college!

We look forward to meeting you!

Signs That a Child is Suffering From Sleep Apnea

 

Does your child seem drowsy during the day? Does he or she snore or wake up breathless in the middle of the night? They could have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – a chronic condition where breathing stops periodically during sleep because soft tissue is relaxing and obstructing the airway. These periodic stops can happen as many as 20-30 times in an hour and cause a lack of oxygen to the brain, waking up your child so that they restart proper breathing. All that waking up can leave one pretty sleepy the next day – even if they don’t remember waking up!

Untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can affect school work and overall alertness as well as raise your child’s risk of serious health problems down the road. These include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic acid reflux
  • Obesity
  • and even Depression

According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology (ENTs) sleep disordered breathing affects approximately 12 percent of children.

Luckily, sleep apnea is easily treatable. It just needs to be diagnosed. That’s where you come in: if your child has any of the following symptoms, bring them to see us for a free consultation and sleep apnea test at Sam Kadan Orthodontics.

Here’s what to look for:

  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping (tossing and turning or night sweats)
  • Loud snoring at night
  • Waking up at night short of breath
  • Long pauses in breathing
  • Chronic mouth breathing during sleep
  • Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
  • Extreme drowsiness throughout the day
  • Changes in mood, misbehavior or decline in school performance
  • Hyperactivity or inattention (in some cases children who are diagnosed with ADHD are actually not hyperactive but rather are showing the clinical symptoms of OSA.

Orthodontists are leading specialists in spotting Sleep Apnea early because of our familiarity and expertise in working with the soft tissue in children’s mouths. As both an Orthodontist and parent, Dr. Kadan makes a point of asking all parents if they’ve noticed any of these symptoms when they first consult with new patients.

If your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms, bring them in for a free consultation and at home sleep test. We can help with a treatment plan and make sure your kids are sleeping soundly!

While Sleep Apnea can have very serious side effects, it’s very easily treatable. The most important thing you can do is pay attention and have your child evaluated. What are you waiting for? Give us a call at (215) 348-3100  or click below for complimentary consultation.

We look forward to meeting you!

A Straight Smile Is The Best First Impression

We all know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, but the reality is: we all do. First impressions are really important and your smile says a lot about you. That’s why at Sam Kadan Orthodontics, we care about not only helping our teens, but about helping adults as well. A straight smile is crucial to making that first impression count…and metal braces as an adult isn’t necessarily the most desired look. Because of this, we offer Invisalign Adult, the clear alternative to metal braces.

In a recent study by Invisalign, confirms that “people with straight teeth are perceived more likely to be happy, successful and second date worthy.” Speaking of dating, 55% of respondents said that a straight smile had a better likelihood of attracting potential partners on a dating site by their picture alone.

Already found your partner but still think straighter teeth would have a strong impact on your life? You’re right! 58% of respondents said that they perceive people with straight teeth to be more successful in business and their professional lives. That means a straight smile can be a big component of your interview kit, rocking your next presentation or winning that next sale.

So how does Invisalign Adult work?

During a consultation at Sam Kadan Orthodontics, Dr. Kadan determines the exact movements necessary to get your teeth into the correct position. Then the Sam Kadan Orthodontics team has a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. As you replaces each Invisalign aligner with the next in the series, the teeth will gradually and gently shift-little by little, until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Kadan has prescribed.

Other than a great first impression once you’ve finished, Invisalign offers a great first impression while you’re working to achieve that great smile:

Clear: Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. No hiding your smile in meetings, engagement photos or school pick-ups and no closed-lipped selfies here!

Comfortable: Invisalign aligners are extremely comfortable made out of smooth, sleek plastic.

Removable: Don’t want your date to know you’re working on your smile? Take them off for the evening…just remember to put them back in before you go to sleep! It may not seem like it, but they’re constantly working while you go throughout your day.

Convenient: Fewer visits to the orthodontist, meaning fewer interruptions of your busy schedule. You only need to visit us at Sam Kadan Orthodontics about once every 2-3 months to ensure that your treatment progress is on track.

Cost Effective: At Sam Kadan Orthodontics, Invisalign comes at an affordable price. No need to shell out extra cash to avoid metal mouth. Plus we can offer little to no down payment.

First Impressions are super important to us too – call us today for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Kadan to assess if you are a good candidate for Invisalign Adult. We can’t wait to meet you at any one of our convenient locations – Bala Cynwyd, Chalfont, Doylestown or Harleysville!

Why Choose A Board Certified Orthodontist

Completing a residency in orthodontic care is the only mandatory qualification for orthodontic specialists, yet some orthodontists decide to broaden their knowledge and advance their practical experience by pursuing board certification. Pursuing certification from the American Board of Orthodontics, the only orthodontic certifying board recognized by the American Dental Association, is a voluntary and rigorous process.

Orthodontists who seek board certification are committed to providing the highest level of patient care, and they must demonstrate their commitment with successful completion of both written and oral examinations and a rigorous, peer-reviewed clinical presentation. Additionally, board-certified orthodontists are held to a lifelong commitment to continued education in the orthodontic field, which requires them to submit patient records and renew their certification every 10 years to remain board-certified.

Most orthodontists forego board certification due to the stringent requirements of the board certifying process. Only about 30% of orthodontists who complete their orthodontic training choose to complete the extensive board certification process.

Orthodontics: more than just a pretty smile

Most patients seek orthodontic treatment for the cosmetic benefits, but orthodontic care can provide much more than a brilliant smile. Orthodontists have the necessary and comprehensive understanding of dental anatomy, tooth and jaw alignment, and craniofacial joints, bones, and growth to create a bite that’s beautifully aligned and conducive to a lifetime of optimal oral health.

Orthodontists are trained to use a variety of orthodontic devices and appliances to control bone growth and align the teeth. Orthodontic specialists receive extensive training in a broad spectrum of orthodontic technologies because different patients require different modalities to achieve optimal results, and the ideal treatment for one patient may be ineffective for another.

While one patient can achieve straight, beautifully aligned teeth from Invisalign®, another patient with a more complex case may require traditional braces or even orthodontic surgery to achieve comparable results. An orthodontist who limits his practice to only one or a few types of modalities also limits his or her ability to help patients with all types of orthodontic cases achieve their desired smile. Board-certified orthodontists go a step beyond the minimum qualifications to practice orthodontic care to acquire the in-depth knowledge and broad range of experience required to demonstrate excellence in the entire field of orthodontia.

Philadelphia residents searching for an orthodontist, especially those who seek a qualified orthodontist in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, will be delighted to learn that Dr. Kadan is an orthodontist who’s board-certified by the American Board of Orthodontics to treat all types of orthodontic cases. With extensive education and training, he’s reached an elite level within the orthodontic profession, which allows him to help his patients achieve straighter, healthier, and more beautifully aligned smiles.

Dr. Kadan’s goal and ultimate success in becoming a board-certified orthodontist serve as his commitment to providing exceptional orthodontic care for the residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation with one of the area’s most sought-after board-certified orthodontists.