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Cape Girardeau, MO

how much do braces cost?

braces can cost anywhere from 3-5k for normal treatment depending on your insurance coverage. it also depends on where you go, what type of braces you choose, and how much work your teeth actually need. Metal Braces are the most common types of braces and due to their improved, smaller size are more comfortable than ever. The ties that hold the wires on to the brackets can be gray or various colors. The ties are changed each visit so you will choose the color of your ties every time you come in. Ceramic Braces consist of clear brackets which are made of a synthetic sapphire and are less visible than the metal brackets. By design for strength, the ceramic bracket is somewhat larger than the metal bracket. Often it is recommended that the smaller lower teeth use the metal bracket due to their smaller size. Invisalign are clear aligners (resembling your dentistÂ’s bleaching trays) which fit over the teeth and are removable and invisible. The aligners are worn about 22 hours per day. They are removed for eating and brushing/flossing only. Each aligner has built in corrections and is worn for about three weeks before moving to the next aligner in the series. "The cost of treatment is dependent on the severity of the patientÂ’s problem and on specific treatment modalities. Fees and payment options are usually discussed at the initial evaluation visit." http://www.bracesb ythesea.com/financ ial-information/  (Apr 25, 2013 | post #15)

Motorcycles

Polaris closing its Osceola, Wis., plant and moving jobs ...

These types of issues are always controversial and upsetting to local residents, but the bottom line is that if you were the owner of a large business and you had a choice between lowering your overhead and moving south or staying in a high tax, high overhead area - you would make the same call. Polaris does 3.2 billion in sales annually - you wont affect their business by boycotting their move on a local level. Fortunately, you are all able to try new manufacturers now for all your recreational motorsports :) Just dont discount ALL foreign companies because you prefer 'american made' for job purposed. 'American Made' products have not been superior for quite some time. I would love to see a resurgeance of manufacturing in the united states across all business types. As a motorcycle enthusiast and a member of the fashion industry, I have seen a lot of businesses move and begin to use offshore production. It does hurt the american economy to produce offshore by reducing the amount of jobs available - however, we are a consumption based society and our current taxation policies make it impossible to product quantity at a profit. At the end of the day, if a business cannot profit, they wont be in business anyway and the jobs will go to no one. Check out http://www.storyof stuff.org/movies-a ll/story-of-stuff/ http://www.michael padway.com/motorcy cle-blog  (Apr 25, 2013 | post #182)

Motorcycles

In for a ruff ride: Trio of dogs hit the open road in a s...

this is great! i love that Mary takes her dogs with her on rides, but i love even more how her dogs are trained to ride in a sidecar. Curious to know who made the sidecar also - very nice custom sidecar. http://www.michael padway.com/motorcy cle-blog  (Apr 25, 2013 | post #2)

Motorcycles

History happens at Highwaymen parties

i would just like to know how this is newsworthy. I could see letting the world know if this MC was throwing a party to raise money - but they are literally just sitting there getting drunk. And probably driving their motorcyles drunk. Who cares?  (Apr 25, 2013 | post #10)

Orthodontics

How does bite plate work???

A bite plate is a small, removable acrylic appliance that fits on the roof of the mouth behind the front teeth. It should feel secure and fit snugly. The bite plate helps open the bite and allows the teeth to move faster. It will also protect your front teeth from touching any lower brackets you may have. You should wear it at all times, or as instructed by your orthodontist, althogh it may be removed for cleaning and eating. http://www.bracesb ythesea.com/  (Apr 10, 2013 | post #137)

Orthodontics

Didnt wear my retainer ... what now?

You need to see your orthodontist. it makes it difficult for an orthodontist to treat you if you're dishonest about your ability to follow instructions. That being said, definitely get back in there and be straight with them. "Hey, i messed up, i didnt wear my braces. I learned my lesson. How can we fix my teeth now?" They may need to make you a new retainer, or they may need to reapply the braces for a while depending on the severity of the move. Either way, follow their instructions this time! good luck! http://www.bracesb ythesea.com/retain ers/  (Apr 10, 2013 | post #355)

Orthodontics

Recommend best type of retainer?

hey there, sorry you've had so much trouble with that one pesky tooth! i would definitely recommend stearing clear of the clear plastic retainers if you havent had any success with them thus far. Sometimes the plastic molded retainers that have metal wires across the front work well because your orthodontist can add springs and other devices to the mold to help keep especially pesky teeth in place. I experienced a bit of this same thing with a bottom front tooth and had a little spring behind that tooth in the retainer. I've never experienced the fixed retainer before, but i guess my first question is what really differentiates this fixed retainer from braces? other than its on the back side of your tooth and even more difficult to clean... i would definitely talk to your orthodontist, OR maybe even get a second opinion from another orthodontist in your area - the one you've been visiting obviously is having trouble providing you with a long-term solution! http://www.bracesb ythesea.com/retain ers/  (Apr 10, 2013 | post #3)

Orthodontics

Braces and retainers

Retainers are custom made from a mold of your mouth to keep your teeth in place after your braces have been removed so your gums and bone and settle into place. They are made from metal and plastics. Its important for you to wear your retainers as instructed by your orthodontist, as they will be monitoring the movement of your teeth after your braces have been removed. Clean your retainers once or twice daily to remove bacteria, plaque and odors. when you're not wearing them make sure they go back into their case as they can be easily damaged or broken and do not leave them in warm areas (cars, pockets, etc). http://www.bracesb ythesea.com/retain ers/  (Apr 10, 2013 | post #2)

Top Gear

Toyota i-Road Electric Urban Minicar Swarms The Roads

yeah this is a great review on the i-road. i definitely agree that although the i-road is cool to watch, it wouldve been better to see REAL prototypes in action rather than a CG video. I think what makes this vehicle unique is how it combines some characteristics of automobiles with others from the motorcycle world. its true that we have seen both electric motorcycles and three-wheeled vehicles in the past, but how often has the technology been combined. I feel like there missing an opportunity to redefine the word "hybrid" here with the merging of these two transport types. You can read my review of the i-road here http://www.michael padway.com/uncateg orized/toyota-i-ro ad-review/  (Apr 9, 2013 | post #1)

Orthodontics

brackets keep falling off

hey guys, i'm sorry you're all going through this. I can honestly say that during my 3 years of wearing braces, I never lost a bracket and it seems really strange to me that it would be a repeated issue unless the orthodontist was possibly NOT THE BEST. If i remember correctly, i dont think that the day my brackets were bonded to my teeth was the same day I received any tension. Perhaps your orthodontists are not giving the bonding enough time to settle before applying pressure to the brackets. http://www.bracesb ythesea.com  (Mar 4, 2013 | post #6)

Orthodontics

Orthodontic care relieves 39-year-old's pain

this is not surprising at all! it isnt just the mouth that affects other parts of the body, but in this case its a total no-brainer that jaw issues would cause migraines. There are several other temporomandibular joint disorders that have symptoms of headaches as well because of extreme pressure applied to the jaw. So very happy this person's pain was solved though! http://www.bracesb ythesea.com  (Mar 4, 2013 | post #3)

Orthodontics

Didnt wear my retainer ... what now?

if it hurts really bad to wear your retainer, i would revisit your orthodontist and have them assess the damages. You might need a new retainer or possibly some short term braces action. Just be honest with your orthodontist and this time, follow their directions! otherwise all your initial hard work just goes to waste :) http://www.bracesb ythesea.com  (Mar 4, 2013 | post #342)

Quakertown, PA

Should Smokers Pay More For Health Insurance?

i'm sort of at a split decision on this one. On one hand, if you look at how our insurance systems are run - its about pooling money for people with similar needs. The insurance companies, and the policy holders take a chance in the odds, i.e., If 20 people pay and only 2 people need care, the insurance company profits. But whenever a policy holder dives deep into the community pool, it causes the rates of other insured individuals to rise. So the question i'm stuck on in this scenario, is why should MY insurance rates, or the insurance rates for my non-smoking family rise because someone else continues to behave in a way that a) they know is unhealthy, and b) causes them medical problems regularly? It seems like there should be some sort of SR22 (high risk drivers insurance) version of health insurance that places these willfully high-risk individuals into their own community cash pool. Granted there are other high-risk cases like certain situations of obesity and other illnesses but I sort of feel like those who are making a conscious decision to live unhealthy lifestyles should be charged more. This is of course my opinion in a society where we are to be charged for health coverage at all times. I am however, a bit more socialist in nature and at heart. I wouldnt mind to pay more in taxes to make sure that everyone is cared for, especially if my higher taxes meant that children born into poverty were not denied the same opportunities as others. Especially if this meant that if i fell on hard times, my children would still be able to have a good education and healthcare in place. I believe that it is the responsibility of our government to take care of us, and in return we are here as support when needed. For instance, in Finland you receive health care and education from the government but before entering college, you must go through a military training program. Simply put, Finland says, "we'll help you stay educated and healthy, but in return - if we need you to take up arms you will do so for your country." I realize that is a much smaller country so its easier to manage these types of country-wide benefits. But doesnt that line of thinking seem like it involves more checks/balances between the gov't and its pupils? thanks for listening, Rikki http://www.sfofarr ell.com  (Mar 4, 2013 | post #12)

Matoaca, VA

If you want motorcycle insurance do you have to have auto...

There are a few factors that could be the cause here. First of all, the value of your motorcycle will affect your insurance policy greatly. If you motorcycle is less valuable, less expensive to fix then the insurance company wont have to shell out as much money if there is an accident, therefore lowering your rate. Next, I would look very closely at what type of coverage you are getting for $160. Some states require you to have different minimums for bodily injury and property. Look into what is required in your state, and look into that options you have. You can also call progressive and ask them about the quote you received :) http://www.michael padway.com/motorcy cle-accident-victi ms/ http://www.sfofarr ell.com  (Mar 4, 2013 | post #2)

Matoaca, VA

Do car insurance rate drop when one turns 25?

On average, you can expect your auto insurance rate to drop by about 20% if you are male. Women usually see a decrease of 12 to 15% because they are generally viewed as safer drivers than men between 6-24 and pay less during that time as well. However, regardless of gender, if you have accidents or other offenses on your driving record, you will not see much of a change in your rate when you turn 25. http://www.sfofarr ell.com  (Mar 4, 2013 | post #2)