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The end of the year is fast approaching and just as quickly as the days are flying off the calendar, your insurance benefits could be going up in smoke.

So, ‘tis the season to use it or lose it. With most insurance plans, paid for benefits do not carry over from year to year. Not to mention, it would be best to have a dental checkup before the holidays get into full swing.

Typically, with all insurance policies the fees associated with them will rise each year. By taking advantage of your locked-in fee for this calendar year, you will end up saving yourself some money this holiday season.

Additionally, due to the fact that the year is coming to a close, odds are you have substantially paid down your insurance deductible. By paying for treatment this year, it will be much cheaper than waiting for the new year to start by having to pay down a fresh deductible.

Additionally, if your insurance policy operates on paid monthly premiums, why not take advantage of something you’ve already paid for by having some preventative care done or finish a procedure that’s been in the works for too long?  It just makes sense to set aside a few hours of your day and use what you’ve already paid for.

In the long run it will save you time by preventing further issues, save you money because your deductible will be lower, and potentially save you some serious physical agony in the year ahead.

If you have any questions about insurance benefits or how best to use them prior to the year end, contact Dr. Frost today at 314-720-1806 to discuss or to schedule your appointment.

From all of us at Frost Orthodontics, we’d like to wish you a happy and healthy new year!


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A technology like braces has long been dreamt about by humans hoping to achieve a perfect smile. Even Hippocrates and Aristotle wondered how to straighten teeth.

However, it wasn’t until the 1700s that advancements in straightening teeth were taken from ideas to actual devices. The oh-so-stylish French pioneered the first teeth straightening device. It looked like a horseshoe and sounds more like a torture device than anything, but it was believed to increase the arch of the mouth allowing more room for the teeth fill in to.

However, there was nothing to to pull the teeth with. Eventually, there were holes placed in the horseshoe-like device for wires which would be bound to the teeth and and tightened periodically. This tightening concept is very similar to the idea behind today’s braces.

As early as the 1800s, gum rubbers were used as bands to pull the teeth into place, and it wasn’t until the early 1900s that orthodontists implemented a crib construction with loops and hooks to pull the wires through. These hooks and loops were made of precious metals due to their incredible bendable nature.

In the 1960s, the braces of today finally began to take shape. Stainless steel became the industry standard material and in the 1970s, glued brackets on the front of the teeth became the standard. There were even braces that mounted behind the teeth, which served as the invisible braces of the time.

Now, with further advancements in orthodontics, invisible braces have become even more widespread. But instead of using brackets, these braces are clear and look more like a mouth guard. These invisible braces are known as Invisalign, and instead of having the wires tightened periodically, there is a series of thermoplastic aligners used to straighten your teeth.

If you have any questions about braces or Invisalign, we would love to give you more information! Call us today at (314) 567-1888 or schedule an appointment here!



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The day your bright and shiny new braces go on your teeth, you might not notice anything different other than having something strange attached to them. But as the days and weeks go by, having braces will seem like just a regular part of life. However, usually the second and third days after your braces have been applied, you might experience varying levels of soreness. Each patient will feel differently, but typically the soreness should subside after a few days. After your teeth have gotten past the initial sore phase, your gums, cheeks, and tongue may develop sore spots. These will in time pass as well, but you can help prevent those sore spots by placing orthodontics wax over the brackets that are causing trouble in your mouth. To apply the wax, start by washing your hands. Next, dry them and begin rolling the wax back and forth between your fingers to help loosen it up so that if can be applied easier. Once the wax is nice and loose, dry the brackets that you’re going to put the wax on so that it sticks better. Place the wax over the brackets so that the metal no longer sticks through and rub smooth. Orthodontics wax is there to help you through the adjustment period, so feel free to use it as you see fit. Beyond the normal discomfort, eating with braces is going to be a new adventure for you. Start with foods that are soft and have a low level of acidity, as the acid could further irritate the sore spots in your mouth. Foods such as eggs, fish, pasta, potatoes, pancakes, waffles, yogurt, bananas, and milkshakes are great because they’re easy on your teeth. We also suggest that milk and water be consumed during this period, as the milk will help fortify your teeth and the water will keep your mouth and new braces clean. Following each meal, it is important to brush your teeth and clear the braces of any debris. Not only is it good for your oral health, but you don’t want to walk around with spinach stuck in your braces all day either! If you have any questions about braces or other orthodontic treatment options, simply fill out our appointment form or call Dr. Frost in Creve Coeur, MO at (314) 567-1888.

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Getting your braces tightened can be a little uncomfortable, especially the first couple of times you have it done. The discomfort means that your teeth are moving and the treatment is working! But we know it can be kind of hard to focus on the long-term when your mouth is sore right now, so here are some tips to relieve some of the discomfort:

Over-the-counter pain relief medicine

Common over-the-counter pain medications like Advil or Tylenol can help with some of the mild pain that comes from getting your braces tightened. To get a jump on things, take a dose as recommended on the packaging an hour before your appointment, then as needed afterwards. Always stick to the directions!

Use an oral anesthetic

Special medications are available over-the-counter which can be applied directly to gums. These are nice because you can put the medication exactly where the discomfort is, but they may also not taste the greatest. Try it to see if this solution works for you.

Eat soft foods

Eating soft or liquid foods can really help in keeping discomfort down while your mouth is sore. Being smart about the foods you eat is important when you have braces. See this post for foods to avoid when you have braces.

Use an ice pack

Applying an ice pack to your cheek over the area that hurts can reduce pain and inflammation. This works in the same way as when you get a sprain or a bruise on another part of your body.

Drink cold water

Like an ice pack, drinking cold water is a cheap and effective way to numb your mouth and reduce any inflammation in the gums. Plus, it’s always a good idea to drink more water! If you have any more questions about having braces, contact Dr. Frost’s office!

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Before you get braces or consider Invisalign, there are a lot of questions that you want—and need—to ask yourself. How the treatment will be paid for is often the first question to come up, and it’s important to know your options before you get started. Here are some common questions patients ask:

Does insurance cover braces?

It depends. Every patient’s insurance is just as different as every patient’s treatment plan. Some insurance plans have separate orthodontic coverage, some will only cover certain types of treatment under certain circumstances, and some plans may cover little to no part of the cost of orthodontia. However, insurance companies are generally more sympathetic to issues that cause pain or discomfort which could be corrected with braces or another orthodontic treatment. It all depends on your insurance and your treatment needs. When you call our office or come in for your first visit, we will review your case and your insurance to see how much of the treatment will be covered.

Can I finance my orthodontic treatment?

Absolutely. We offer financing along with several other payment options. Just like your treatment plan, we will work out a payment solution that works best for you.

How much do braces cost?

It’s difficult to say. Every patient has different wants and needs, the details of which will determine the final cost of treatment. When you contact us, we will be able to give you a more detailed estimate once we have some more information about you, your needs, and your insurance.

Does Invisalign cost more than braces?

The cost of Invisalign compared to braces is pretty even. On average, Invisalign tends to cost a little more, but not by very much. Again, it will all depend on your unique situation, so schedule a free consultation to get a more solid and detailed estimate.

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Getting braces can be a little stressful, but picking out which colors your rubber bands will be is the fun part. There are lots of different colors to choose from, so which colors are best for you? Start by thinking about your favorite colors. If you have a lot of clothes or things around you in a certain color, chances are you like looking at it! That means you won’t mind seeing that color in the mirror twice a day. If you like more than one color, you can pick all of those. Just make sure they go together, or it might look a little funny. Also, try to stay away from black and white. Black rubber bands can make it look like you have something stuck in your teeth while white rubber bands can actually make your teeth look less white themselves. Very light colors can also get stained over time. Besides your favorite colors, you could also think about what goes best with you. Different colors work better on people with different hair colors, skin tones, and even eye colors. You probably already know which color clothes go best with you, so that would be a good choice for your braces. The best way to keep your braces (and your teeth) looking their best is to keep up good hygiene like brushing and flossing twice a day. This isn’t just for looks, though. Brushing and flossing are the two easiest ways to keep your mouth healthy, and it’s even more important when you have braces. Your rubber bands can be any color you like, but remember that you will have them until your next appointment—so make a good decision! If you have any other questions or if you want to schedule an appointment to learn about braces, give our orthodontist a call at (314) 567-1888.



We’ve talked before about how much your smile can affect your confidence. Usually patients get braces or Invisalign because they want to feel more confident or comfortable with their teeth. But things were not always this easy. Years ago, dentistry was often painful and uncomfortable and some treatments almost did more harm than good.

It’s well-known that George Washington had false teeth, but somehow the legend is that they were made of wood. In fact, his dentures survive and are kept in the museum at his house at Mount Vernon. The teeth in the dentures are real, taken from animals and other humans. They were set in iron and hinged with springs which creaked and were extremely uncomfortable.

The effect on Washington’s confidence was devastating. He rarely smiled or laughed and became more reclusive in his later years as a result of his embarrassment. It’s sad to think that such a great man was so troubled by his teeth, but that’s part of what life was like in his time.

Fortunately, dentistry and orthodontics have come miles and miles since Washington’s day. Today he would have many painless and comfortable options for fixing his dental problems and he would have without a doubt felt more confident with a straight, well-fitting, natural-looking smile.

Orthodontic treatments like Invisalign and modern braces are easier than ever to use. Invisalign can even be fitted and adjusted digitally, erasing the slight discomfort of the old molding process. Braces today are also less obstructive and more comfortable to wear than they have ever been and they can correct a huge variety of orthodontic issues.

The next time you wish you lived in the past, remember how good our bodies (including our teeth) have it now! To know more about orthodontic treatment in St. Louis, all you have to do is call Dr. Andy Frost for a free consultation. We will examine your specific smile and thoroughly explain your treatment options. Simply fill out our appointment form or call us at (314) 567-1888.




Invisalign is in the news again, but this time it’s for a fairly odd reason: copyright laws. It turns out that a competitor of Invisalign sends its digital images electronically to and from Pakistan to be processed, which Invisalign says is a breach of its copyright.

Invisalign’s parent company, Align Technology, Inc., said that because the digital impressions are sent to technicians in Pakistan and back to Houston to be made, they count as imports even if they are sent electronically.

Google and the movie industry have clashed over this issue in the past and remain major players in the ongoing legal battle. Google maintains that digital property should be excluded from the same rules as physical media due to legal precedent. The movie industry and others argue the opposite, that digital media should be treated the same as physical media because the data being sent and received is essentially the same.

In this case, the judge involved in the case ruled in Invisalign’s favor and found that the transmissions were imports, meaning Invisalign’s competitor violated Invisalign’s patents. However, the arguments are ongoing. The questions involved are broad and wide-ranging, affecting entire industries and individuals at the same time, all with a medium that is very difficult to control or regulate. That means there probably won’t be a final decision on the issue for a long while.

Invisalign remains America’s top choice for straightening teeth without braces. Dr. Andy Frost in Creve Coeur, MO has years of experience treating patients with Invisalign. And by using new technology like our iTero scanner, getting Invisalign has never been faster or more comfortable.

Call us today for a free consultation or an appointment at (314) 567-1888, or contact us online. Whether you’re thinking about braces or Invisalign, we will be able to determine the best treatment for your unique smile.


Because there is so many factors involved with the alignment of teeth, there are many different reasons why they can become misaligned. We will look at just a few of the main causes here, but you can always ask us if you need more information about causes and treatment options for misaligned teeth.

Teeth

Of course, how the teeth themselves grow in and move will affect how they end up aligning with one another. Teeth can start out or become too crowded, too spaced apart, they can erupt (grow in) at an angle, or they can even erupt in an unusual place.

All of these possibilities can cause discomfort or at worst, they can cause teeth to function improperly. The good news is they can all be corrected through orthodontics, including braces or Invisalign.

Jaw

The natural position or alignment of the jaw can cause teeth to be misaligned. Jaw problems can also be the result of an accident. Since there are several muscles and bones that work together to operate the jaw, these problems can sometimes be more challenging to address.

In any case however, these issues can also be corrected through the use of orthodontics, surgery, physical therapy, or a combination of the above.

Habits

Some habits can influence teeth to move and become misaligned, especially those which occur while teeth are growing in. Children who suck on fingers, thumbs, or pacifiers are at high risk of affecting the alignment of their teeth once they grow in, just as those with similar habits such as chewing on pens can affect their teeth later on in life.

No matter your needs, we can help you get the best treatment for your unique smile. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call orthodontist Dr. Frost in Creve Coeur, MO at (314) 567-1888 or contact us online today.


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When we have never worked in a certain profession, we usually don’t have any idea about its particularities. For example, working at McDonald’s may look pretty straightforward: your order is taken, your order is made, and you get your order. What most of us don’t see however, is everything else that makes the business run: inventory, floor scrubbing, grease changing, personnel management, fixing broken equipment…suddenly that job isn’t so simple!

Some patients think about doctors (including orthodontists) the same way: they go to school for a long time, but after that they show up to their practice and fix people’s problems. It’s true that doctors are required to retain a huge amount of knowledge and are expected to meet a high professional standard, but there are still many intricacies that most patients will never see.

Ethics is a very delicate subject for medical professionals, and as such it must always be a fundamental concern. A recent article in the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics has brought up another ethical issue which many doctors face, including orthodontists. The article brings up a hypothetical issue in which an orthodontist is treating the wife of a senior dentist colleague. The orthodontist discovers that the patient’s gums have problems that were not addressed by her husband, so he must tell his more senior colleague and friend that his wife needs specialist co-treatment (and thereby implying that he’s not doing his “job” correctly).

The article points out that one of the principal components of the Hippocratic Oath—the basis for medical ethics—is nonmaleficence, that is, that a doctor should do no harm to his or her patients. However, the principal component of the Oath is gratitude, or a doctor’s respect for his or her teachers and/or senior professional colleagues.

Here’s the problem: does the orthodontist risk “disrespect” of his elder colleague by suggesting co-treatment by another professional, or does he do what he believes is best for his patient? I think the best course of action here would be to have a conversation, first with the patient’s husband. The orthodontist should explain his opinion and provide necessary evidence. It’s possible that the aging husband may simply have overlooked the issue, and thus will most likely agree to further treatment. If he does disagree, however, the orthodontist has the option to refuse to treat his colleague’s wife because of his concern for her wellbeing. Hopefully her husband would give respect in return to another experienced professional and the two can remain friends.

If you are in need of braces or other orthodontic treatment in Creve Coeur or St. Louis, contact Dr. Frost today!


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