North Country Smiles

The Truth about Dental Insurance Companies

North Country Smiles is an Insurance friendly Dental Office.  As a courtesy to our Patients we will contact your Insurance company to inquire about your covrage.  We will verify your yearly maximum, covered procedures and what your expected out of pocket will be.  This process used to be relatively quick, easy and accurate.  Lately this is not the case.

Many Insurance companies have started to outsource their customer service call centers.  It is common to have calls answered overseas. Unlike U.S. based representatives these reps have minimal training and knowledge base.  They often do not understand what is being asked of them and because of this, inaccurate information is given.  This makes it difficult to relay to out Patients what services they can have and what financial responsibilities they can expect.  This happens with both  Out- of -network and In- Network Companies.

Many claims are answered with a request for more information, which ultimately delays payment.  This is deliberate.  Insurance Companies don’t want to pay claims, for them this is a loss.  Dual coverage or having two insurances only multiplies these issues.  This is why we ask our Patients for their out of pocket or copays at the time of service with the understanding that Patient responsibility can change.  We are often asked why we don’t participate with all Insurance Plans.  Many Insurance companies, in order in increase their profits don’t support our Standard of Care that we provide for our Patients.  We will never let an outside party dictate how we treat our Patients.

“Working” with your Insurance has taken on a new meaning.  It has tuned into a “Battle” at times.  Insurance companies continue to make it harder to communicate and ultimately trust what they tell us when it comes to your coverage and care….

Smile Direct Club

More and more people are turning to Clear Aligners instead of traditional metal braces to straighten crooked or misaligned teeth.  There are several companies that offer this service.  Smile Direct Club is a tempting option because it eliminates having to visit a Dentist or Orthodontist while charging up to 60% less.  Our message to you is… BEWARE.  Without the supervision of a trained Professional carefully monitoring your progress you might find yourself very unhappy with the results.  Moving teeth takes careful planning and at times more preparation than the do it yourself aligners from Smile Direct Club.  Invisalign now offers options to help patients get the care they need for a fees that match your budget.  North Counrty Smiles always  offers free consultations and the ability to show how your case will go minutes after we scan your teeth with our State of the Art Digital Scanner.  No mouthfuls of GOOP!  call to schedule your consultation.  631-265-5549.

Lemon in your water

We all know that water is good for us but let’s face it, water is boring. Many people add Lemon or Lime to their water to give it taste. Did you know that Lemon juice contains an Acid strong enough to damage your teeth? If you add even a small amount to your water bottle it can be doing damage you probably don’t notice. Needless to say sucking on Lemons and limes is a dangerous habit. Did you know different brands of water have different PH levels. Look to see what your water PH level is. PH is the measure of acidity of a solution. If you have a Pool or Hot Tub you know what the PH should be and why. It makes sense that the water we drink should be at a neutral PH. Watch what you drink and what you put in your water!

Holistic Dentistry

Dr. Laudati has been practicing Holistic Dentistry for over 25 years.  His restorative materials contain no metals and BPH free composites.  When x-rays are necessary we use low exposure settings on all of our digital X-ray machines.  The use of Rubber Dam barrier techniques when removing old Amalgam restorations is protocol for all of our Patients.  We have Fluoride alternative products as well as Alcohol free mouth rinses.  We are a Latex free Practice as well!  Call to schedule you complimentary consultation.

We’ve moved

We are fast approaching our first year in our new location! 631 Lake Ave. St. James N.Y.11780 We are excited to show you our new technology! No more goopy impressions at North Country Smiles. We take digital scans for all of our beautiful metal free crowns and bridges. We use the Itero Scanner for our Invisalign Patients. This technology can show you the outcome of your Invisalign treatment in seconds. Patients love to see how their teeth will look when they finish with Invisalign before they wear their first set of Aligners!

I don’t like my Dentures

If you wear Dentures that are uncomfortable, move around or Click when you talk or just don’t look natural when you smile, it might be time to consider new treatment options.   Dentures have come a long way in just a few years and with the success of Implant Dentistry Dentures, issues are a thing of the past.   If you have lost confidence to eat the foods you love or miss laughing out loud, don’t wait to regain the confidence and the youthful look you once had!  You’ll be amazed at what we can do for you!!!

Call our office at Office of North Country Smiles Phone Number 631-265-5549 or take a look at our Before and After photos for implant-supported dentures.

Why do my gums bleed when I brush or floss?

Most people don’t get alarmed when they see blood around their teeth and gums during brushing or flossing.  This is a sign of Gingivitis, which is an early stage of Periodontal Disease.  Bacteria that are allowed to accumulate around your teeth and under the gum line are the culprit.  Don’t panic, this is reversible … It could be a minor change in your home care, brushing and/or  flossing technique or using the right Mouthrinse.  If it has been a while since you have visited the Dentist you might be due for a Cleaning or Scaling/Root Planing, which removes the irritants that cause your Gums to bleed.  The Later stages of Periodontal Disease are bad breath, loose teeth, swollen gums and eventual tooth loss.   Don’t wait … get checked! Office of North Country Smiles Phone Number 631-265-5549

Get the Confidence of a Great Smile!

Dr. Laudati is now an Invisalign provider … He is excited to help is patients improve the health and appearance of their smiles.  Invisalign is comfortable to wear and easy to live with.  You visit us twice a month to check your progression and get new aligners.  Average treatment time is about one year.  Because the aligners are removable, you can continue to eat your favorite foods and can brush and floss normally to keep your teeth and gums healthy.  Straight teeth not only look nice they also function correctly in addition to improving your ability to clean between and around your teeth more efficiently. This adds up to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums!  

Call us for a free consultation to find out if Invisalign is right for you! Office of North Country Smiles Phone Number 631-265-5549

View Before and After photos for Invisalign patients.

Facts about Oral Cancer

More people are being Diagnosed with Oral Cancer than ever before, but surprisingly, research shows this increase is not due to the traditional risk factors of drinking, smoking, or using chewing tobacco.  Oral Cancer is now being found in a younger population of men and women who don’t smoke or drink  heavily.  One reason for this increase in people under age 40 is due to exposure to the HPV-16 and HPV-18 Viruses known collectively as the Human Papillomavirus.  

The HPV Virus can spread by intimate contact, including kissing.  That is why the Centers for Disease Control recommends that all Patients over the age of 17 be screened annually for Oral Cancer. The Signs and symptoms of Oral Cancer are often missed by the naked eye.

Here at North Country Smiles, we are stepping up our detection of Oral Cancer with the Identafi, a revolutionary new Medical device that uses multi-spectral technology to identify biochemical and morphological changes in the cells of your mouth, throat, tongue and tonsils.  These changes are subtle, as they happen at the cellular level and therefore often go undetected by the naked eye.  These changes are made visible through the use of Identafi’s  three-wavelength technology, which illuminates possible areas of change that may signal the occurrence or early beginnings of Oral Cancer.  This test takes about 2 minutes; all we do is shine the light in your mouth!  That’s it … Call for your complimentary screening today … Office of North Country Smiles Phone Number 631-265-5549

Give Up The Grind

It is estimated that 95% of the population experiences some form of Bruxism or “Grinding”  at some time in their lives.  Bruxism is often contributed to stress, which is true, but there are other factors that cause us to grind our teeth that most people are not aware of. If you are like most people who were told you have to wear this bulky piece of plastic over your teeth at night, you probably opted not to …. Bruxism can be treated in ways you might not have been aware of … Headaches in the morning, sore or stiff neck muscles, painful chewing (aka TMD), sensitive or cracked teeth that have worn and become unattractive … can all be linked to Bruxism, and if treated, can be stopped.   Dr. Laudati has extensive training to recognize the signs of this destructive habit and treat it before extensive Dentistry is needed to rebuild what has been damaged …

Call us today at Office of North Country Smiles Phone Number 631-265-5549!