The Dental Elements Freedom Plan, What’s in it for us?

We have had a lot of questions about the Dental Elements Freedom Plan, why it was developed, and what’s in it for us? 

Basically, Dr. Meggison developed the plan because he was tired of treating patients based on their insurance coverage or lack of coverage.  Patients weren’t able to get the treatment that they needed to make them healthy because of the high costs involved.  Patients needed treatment, but their insurance was maxed or their budget was blown, the co-pays were too high, there was a high deductible that they couldn’t afford, or the insurance didn’t cover a very needed procedure. So, patients just weren’t getting the treatment that they needed, when they needed it.  

So what’s in it for us?  We get to spend more quality time with you, our patients, to help you reach your dental health goals.  Instead of just treating problems, we have the freedom to do the procedures necessary to help you prevent new problems from occurring.  And if you do have problems, we phase your treatment so that you get the best outcomes.  We get to practice dentistry just like we were taught in school, which is best for you.  We get to focus on the ideal treatment, prevention of disease, and maintenance of health.  

What’s in it for you?  This translates to better dental health for you as you work directly with your hygienist and dentist, and not your insurance company to reach your goals. And this means a better treatment outcome, since we get to do exactly what is necessary to have success when we do treat you.  You are a priority to us and you will feel like one! 

Check out this video to learn more about the Freedom Plan:  DentalElementsKC.com

And if you haven’t joined our Freedom Plan yet, contact us here:  DentalElementsKC.com.  

You’ll be glad you did!

Direct Primary Care Medicine

Do you long for the good old days when you actually had a relationship with your medical doctor?  

 

Are you tired of waiting for over an hour to eventually be seen for 10 minutes? When you talk to your physician, does he/she ever look up from the computer screen?  Unfortunately, because of the high cost of medical insurance and the inefficient systems that come with it, this seems to be the new normal.

Some physicians refuse to accept that this is the only way to practice, so they invented Direct Primary Care.

It is good old fashioned medicine with all the modern bells and whistles.  It is the medical equivalent of our Dental Elements Freedom Plan.

 

Direct Primary Care is becoming more common as consumers have gotten more and more frustrated by traditional medical care and the costs associated with it.  It has significant benefits over traditional medical practice. There’s unlimited access to your doctor whether it is after hours, weekends, or holidays. There is full access to the medical team via technology.  You can literally email your doctor, text, or use a webcam to communicate with them. Your visits won’t feel rushed, they can last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, and there’s plenty of time for questions. You are a priority and you will feel like one.  This translates to better health as you work directly with your medical doctor, not your insurance company to reach your health goals.

 

There are a handful of direct primary care practices in the Kansas City area.  Dental Elements had the opportunity to meet with the doctors from Health Suite 110.  They are a group of independent primary care physicians who have joined the insurance-free DPC movement.  Check them out at http://www.healthsuite110.com, and see what direct primary care has to offer.

 

And if you like the idea of health care without the insurance hassle, check out our equivalent of direct primary care, the Dental Elements Freedom Plan.  

Charcoal Whitening, Is It A Good Idea?

We have received a lot of questions from our patients about Activated Charcoal Whitening.  Does it work? Is it safe? How do you do it?  We can help you decide if it is a good idea or not.  

 

There are two ways that patients can achieve whiter teeth:

 

The first way uses a bleaching agent such as carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide in concentrations of 10-35%.  The material breaks down certain stains inside the tooth to reduce their color. Dental office whitening trays and strips purchased at the drug store use this method. Studies have shown that this method works well without any damage to the tooth.

 

The second way uses an abrasive, chemical, or polishing agent that removes surface stains.  Whitening toothpastes, baking soda and activated charcoal are examples. At this time, the American Dental Association has not recognized any formal evidence that activated charcoal actually whitens teeth.  

 

Activated charcoal is a finely milled black powder made from charred plant shells, bones, fruit pits, and an assortment of other organic materials.  The theory is that since it is used to absorb toxins from the body when someone ingests something harmful, then it may have the ability to bind to and absorb plaque and other surface compounds that stain teeth.  Activated charcoal does not change the color of teeth that are deeply stained or naturally yellowing.  The activated charcoal is also abrasive and the hope is that it may scrub off the surface stains.

Therein lies the problem with activated charcoal whitening.  It can be abrasive to the tooth enamel. Excess abrasion can cause gum recession, enamel loss, and sensitivity of the tooth.  

 

If you want to try charcoal whitening, activated charcoal can be purchased from health food stores and pharmacies in the form of capsules. Mix one capsule with 1 mL of water and make a paste.  We suggest that you consider smearing the product on your teeth instead of brushing it on. This allows the product to work without harming your enamel.  After about 4 minutes rinse your mouth. You may need to rinse several times. You can try this for several days. If you don’t see a difference in the color of the tooth after 5 attempts, then it probably won’t work for you.  

 

Although anyone can purchase activated charcoal powder, you should consult a dental professional before using it. The best way to keep your mouth healthy and your teeth white is to continue regular dental appointments.  At Dental Elements our hygienists will thoroughly clean your teeth, remove any surface stains, and discuss whether our professional whitening process, or an over the counter product would be best to whiten your teeth. He or she can also help you get to the bottom of why your teeth are staining.  

 

Contact us today, we’re here to help you have whiter teeth!  

 

Let Us Help You Straighten Your Teeth

Our teeth serve both functional and aesthetic purposes.  They help us to bite and chew our food, to speak, and to smile.  

A poor bite can affect our clarity of speech, chewing ability, facial symmetry, digestive difficulties, TMJ problems, periodontal disease and tooth decay.  

 

 Invisalign aligners (which are almost invisible to the naked eye) can help:

  • correct misalignments that cause your teeth to wear unevenly or break easily.

  • make your teeth easier to clean, preventing decay and periodontal disease.

  • create a comfortable bite with reduced wear and tear on your jaw joint.

  • prevent neck aches or headaches that originate from your jaw.

  • give you the confidence to smile that you have always dreamed about

  • give natural, lasting improvements in the look of your teeth without the challenging upkeep of options such as veneers.

Whether you’re searching for the perfect smile, or tackling an alignment issue, Dental Elements is here to help.  Both our Shawnee and Leawood locations offer Invisalign Clear Braces.  Take a look at this short video that explains how clear braces can help you:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMiatQjjoH4

 

 

Contact us about our Invisalign Day, April 19 and April 20 where you can get a 30% discount if you commit to starting treatment on that day.

 

Having straight teeth is as much about personal confidence as it is about dental health and oral comfort. We hope to see you in April!

Dental Elements VIP Plan

You Don’t Need Dental Insurance To Have a Beautiful Smile!

Have you ever noticed that dental problems come at the worst possible time?  

The weekend, the holidays, after you just put new tires on your car, is there ever a good time?

Have you ever put off dental care because you just couldn’t afford it?  

Even if you do have dental insurance, there are deductibles, co-pays, maxed out benefits, plan limits, and denied claims which often limit your treatment options. So why does dentistry continue to make it almost impossible for patients to get the dental care that they deserve?

At Dental Elements we’ve decided to put our patients needs first.  So we’ve come up with a better option!

 

Introducing the Dental Elements VIP Plan!

Starting January 1, 2018, we’ve decided “Out With The Old, and In With The New!”  Dental care membership clubs are the future of dentistry, and Dental Elements has put together a state of the art plan with you in mind. It’s similar to a gym membership, pet wellness plan or car wash club, only BETTER!

Dental Elements V.I.P. Plan Details:

Essential $100 Initiation Fee and $30/month includes dental exams, x-rays, dental cleanings and fluoride treatments, twice yearly.  Members also have access to special pricing on services not included in the Essential Plan.  This plan is best for the patient who needs twice yearly cleanings, but hasn’t ever had a cavity that needed treatment.

Complete $500 Initiation Fee and $65/month includes Essential Plan services, plus any additional cleanings, periodontal procedures, crowns, bridges, and root canals needed. This is for the patient who seems to always have a cavity or a restoration that needs to be replaced when they come in for their “check up.”  It is also great for the patient who has gum problems and needs more frequent dental cleanings.  

Early Bird Registration has started.  Sign up before 12/31/17 and receive a discount on your registration fee!

 

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Even if you brush and floss your teeth faithfully, it is important that you have your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis.