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When is the best time to come in for orthodontics in Longview Tx?

May 22nd, 2018

A lot of people wonder when is the best time to visit the orthodontist here in Longview, Texas. Well, the answer to that question will depend on a number of things, so let us break it down a little bit for you...

The beginning of the year is a great time to come in if you have received new orthodontic insurance or new orthodontic insurance benefits. Because we are an in network orthodontic provider here in East Texas, having new insurance or getting an orthodontic benefit on your insurance plan can mean a big difference in terms of the cost of treatment. Our patients love that we are in network with their insurance plan so if you have Delta Dental or Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna or MetLife, or another dental or orthodontic insurance, rest assured we are your in-network orthodontic provider.

Spring is also a great time to come in for braces for your child, especially because there are some times when school is closed in the spring, such as during spring break, which make it easy to get in for your orthodontic appointment without having to take your child out of school.

For this reason the summer is obviously a popular time to come in for an orthodontic evaluation or consultation. Despite school being out for summer across East Texas (Longview, Henderson, Gilmer, Carthage, Marshall, Kilgore, Mount Pleasant, Tyler) we are still open 5 days a week and offer later orthodontic appointments on Monday and Wednesdays. This means there is plenty of openings for you or our children to come in for their orthodontic visits and the best part is there is no school they will have to miss.

There are also some pros to coming to the orthodontist office or starting orthodontic treatment, whether that is with braces or invisalign, during the end of the year. If you have a flexible spending account through your employer or a health savings account where your benefits expire at the end of the year, those benefits or funds can be used for orthodontic treatment!! This is great news and if you have questions using your FSA or HSA funds, just ask one of our team members next time you are in our office.

If you have any additional questions about Mack and Hansen Orthodontics or want to discover how Dr. Spencer Mack and Dr. Andrew Hansen can help you gain straighter teeth and a healthier smile with braces or Invisalign please contact us today! You can also visit www.etxortho.com to learn more about our affordable braces and invisalign clear aligners. We’re conveniently located in Longview, TX right by Longview Regional Hospital and are just a quick drive from Marshall, Carthage, Henderson, Mount Pleasant, and Gilmer.

Orthodontist in Longview Tx that accept Medicaid

May 10th, 2018

Orthodontist in Longview Tx that accept Medicaid

A lot of people have questions about Medicaid and whether or not it covers orthodontic treatment. Well, we are here to help clear that up and answer your questions and the most common question: Does Medicaid cover braces?

While Medicaid does cover most dental treatment for children, it does not cover all treatment. Orthodontic treatment is considered to be different than dental treatment in regard to coverage by both Medicaid and by private insurance companies. In years past, here in the state of Texas, Medicaid was much more accepting of orthodontic cases. Unfortunately, some of the larger dental chains and orthodontic chains were taking unethical advantage of this and since then, Medicaid in the state of Texas has, for the most part, not covered orthodontic treatment. Even in the most severe malocclusions where patients are missing a number of teeth or have a cleft lip and/or cleft palate, treatment is still not being approved.

Here at Mack and Hansen Orthodontics we take this all in to consideration and as such do our absolute best to ensure everyone, regardless of if you have insurance, Medicaid, or neither, are able to afford braces with us. We are committed to offering low down payments for braces and invisalign, low monthly payment plans for braces and invisalign, and offer no interest financing. Should you have orthodontic coverage with an insurance company, we are also in-network providers with the major insurance plans in town. What this means for you is that you get an even greater discount on braces and invisalign with us.

In summary, while you may be searching for a Medicaid orthodontist in here Longview, Marshall, Tyler, or elsewhere in East Texas, there is no orthodontist who is able to “take Medicaid” since Medicaid, for the most part, does not cover orthodontic treatment anymore in the state of Texas. Again, that is why we are committed to making treatment affordable for everyone and offer payment plans for braces that do not put a strain on your family’s wallet. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation for braces or invisalign, please reach out to our office and one of our fantastic orthodontic team members will be able to get you scheduled.

If you have any additional questions about Mack and Hansen Orthodontics or want to discover how Dr. Spencer Mack and Dr. Andrew Hansen can help you gain straighter teeth and a healthier smile with braces or Invisalign please contact us today! You can also visit www.etxortho.com to learn more about our affordable braces and invisalign clear aligners. We’re conveniently located in Longview, TX right by Longview Regional Hospital and are just a quick drive from Marshall, Carthage, Henderson, Mount Pleasant, and Gilmer.

American Association of Orthodontists Annual Session

May 9th, 2018

Dr. Mack and Dr. Hansen spent this past weekend at the American Association of Orthodontists Annual Session in Washington D.C. This is a meeting and continuing education conference that is held in a different location across the United States every year. Over 20,000 orthodontists and orthodontic team members from all over the world travel to this meeting, which is the largest orthodontic meeting in the world.

At this meeting Dr. Mack and Dr. Hansen attended lectures on a number of different orthodontic topics including breathing and sleep disordered breathing in adults and children, palatal expansion, ways to accelerate orthodontic treatment, improved retainers, and new types of braces and clear aligners.

With all the different orthodontic companies present at this meeting as well, Dr. Mack and Dr. Hansen were able to learn more about all of the new clear aligners that companies are now offering as well as learn about the newest changes to invisalign clear aligners.

With so many orthodontists attending the meeting, Dr. Mack and Dr. Hansen were also able to visit with many of their colleagues from different parts of the country and discuss these new orthodontic trends and which ones are the best for patient care.

To see more photos and videos from the conference, be sure to visit our Facebook and Instagram page. Should you have any questions about the meeting itself, please let us know at your next visit. We hope you have a wonderful week!!

If you have any additional questions about Mack and Hansen Orthodontics or want to discover how Dr. Spencer Mack and Dr. Andrew Hansen can help you gain straighter teeth and a healthier smile with braces or Invisalign please contact us today! You can also visit www.etxortho.com to learn more about our affordable braces and invisalign clear aligners. We’re conveniently located in Longview, TX right by Longview Regional Hospital and are just a quick drive from Marshall, Carthage, Henderson, Mount Pleasant, and Gilmer.

 

Move For A Cause 5K Supporting The East Texas Angel Network

April 28th, 2018

Today was a great day for the entire team at Mack and Hansen Orthodontics. We just finished up with the Move for a Cause 5K hosted by the Julie Woods & Associates Real Estate Firm. The event raised funds and awareness for the East Texas Angel Network. 

If you don't know about the East Texas Angel Network it is a wonderful organization that was established in 1995 by Neal McCoy and his wife, Melinda, who both wanted to support the families of children with severe medical needs.

For over two decades, the organization has been cutting red tape and making funds available for hundreds of local families to pay off their secondary expenses.

Eighty-five cents of every dollar received by the organization goes directly to the families assisted by the East Texas Angel Network.

 

Being able to sponsor and be a part of an event such as this is something that we are very grateful for here at Mack and Hansen Orthodontics. Our whole team came out in support of this event and some of our patients even came out as well and yes, they were wearing their invisalign trays.

If you have any additional questions about Mack and Hansen Orthodontics or want to discover how Dr. Spencer Mack and Dr. Andrew Hansen can help you gain straighter teeth and a healthier smile with braces or Invisalign please contact us today! You can also visit www.etxortho.com to learn more about our orthodontists or dental braces,. We’re conveniently located in Longview, TX right by Longview Regional Hospital and are just a quick drive from Marshall, Carthage, Henderson, Kilgore, and Gilmer.

Giving East Texas a Reason to Smile