McKinney Orthodontics and Braces Blog

The latest in Orthodontics, Orthodontic Technology and Braces are discussed by McKinney Orthodontist, Dr. Jennifer Buchanan.

Using Your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for orthodonture

Dr. Jennifer Buchanan - Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Using Your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for orthodonture

Using a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for orthodontic treatment is a great way to save a little money. An FSA allows you to be reimbursed using pre-tax money for your orthodontic expenses as services are being provided. For example, you can be reimbursed for monthly payment or for the down payment on treatment. While rules for individual plans vary, generally you cannot get reimbursed for last year’s payment past their deadline, or for services provided beyond the current plan period or year.

As a reminder, effective 2013, FSAs now limit employees’ annual contributions to no more than $2,500 per year. Melissa Bird, our financial Guru, is happy to assist you if you have any questions regarding the use of an FSA as it applies to your orthodontic treatment.

Early Orthodontic Screening

Dr. Jennifer Buchanan - Thursday, September 01, 2016
Early Orthodontic Screening


The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have an orthodontic screening no later than age 7. Early orthodontic screening can lead to the detection of dental and jaw growth problems that require interceptive treatment. Timely intervention may achieve results that are unattainable once the face and jaws have finished growing.

Not all orthodontic problems are caused by crooked teeth. Improper jaw development can lead to an unbalanced bite as well as facial disharmony. An underdeveloped lower jaw produces buck-teeth or an overbite and an overdeveloped lower jaw results in an under bite. Properly timed treatment with special orthodontic appliances can control the growth of the jaws and establish alignment in rapidly growing younger patients. Delaying treatment may result in the need for more invasive procedures to correct the problem.

Scientific research supports the important role of oral and facial esthetics in the psycho-social development of children. Children with crooked teeth or jaw imbalances often feel self-conscious. They are hesitant to talk with friends or teachers. They often cover their mouths when laughing or close their mouths when being photographed. When children feel confident about the way they look, they feel better about themselves-and their whole outlook on life can improve.


This Blog is authored by Dr. Jennifer Buchanan