Fort Riley and the Big Red One Military Courtesy

We appreciate the sacrifices and efforts you and your family have made for our country and thank you for your service. Flexible down payments, monthly payments and interest free plans are just some of the benefits we offer to active duty members and their family members.

Dr. Hayden’s family history includes ancestors that served in the military during the Revoluntionary War, Civil War, World Wars I & II and Korea. His father, Major Ray R. Hayden, was a Mustang in the U.S. Army and retired after 24 years of service as an “Atomic” veteran just as the Vietnam War was ramping up.

military-page-photo-Aug2017If you look up on the hill on the north of I-70 by Marshall Airfield, you’ll see one of only 20 M65 Atomic cannons ever made and Dr. Hayden’s father was in charge of one of them as an artillery officer. He has a vivid memory of dangling from one side of the elevated barrel with his sister on the other side when they were kids throwing candy to the crowd during a parade in Germany! “Atomic Annie” was capable of firing 240mm shells, the biggest in the U.S. arsenal.

We really do understand the unique challenges that a career in the military presents to you and your family members and are here to guide you through the process.

Doctor Hayden retired with 28 years of service in the U.S. Navy that included tours with all five branches of the military where he treated Sailors, Sea Bees, Soldiers, Airmen, Marines and Coasties. Many of the team members at Hayden & Kohlmeier Orthodontics have been or are currently associated with the military.

Your Move to Fort Riley, Kansas – the Home of the Big Red ONE!

PCS moves are part of military life and transferring care from your orthodontist to our office should not be something to worry about—we can make it as easy as possible for you. If you do not have your records from the previous orthodontist, we will request them. Additional progress x-rays or photographs you may need to continue with your treatment will be at no cost to you as a way of saying “thank you for your service.” Following your initial evaluation, your previous treatment plan will be reviewed and updated and the fees to complete your treatment will be discussed in great detail with Dr. Hayden and Dr. Kohlmeier. The number of months estimated to complete your treatment plus any other additional procedures, braces, appliances, adjustments, removal of the braces and the placement of retainers will be covered with you so you can budget for the amount of money required to finish your treatment.

Active duty obligations, reserve duty and deployments

Training and deployments vary depending on your assignment, responsibilities and obligations—you may not want to deploy with braces on your teeth. A loose bracket or wire poke could be an inconvenience if there is not a dental officer deployed with your unit. Removing the braces and placing retainers may be the best option if you are expecting a long deployment. Treatment can be resumed following your return if necessary. If you are being treated with removable appliances or Invisalign, continuing treatment should not be an issue.

. **Dr. Hayden was the Specialty Leader for Navy orthodontists while he was on active duty and actually helped write the current regulation with the other Specialty Leaders from the Army and the Air Force. We will help you make the best decision for your situation.**

Thinking of joining the military?

You will not be permitted to attend basic training or “boot camp” while wearing braces. Please talk with Dr. Hayden or Dr. Kohlmeier about your options if you already have braces and are considering talking with a recruiter. We will explain your options and establish a timeline for removing your braces and getting your retainers. You’ll be prepared and know what to expect before actually leaving home.

Expecting PCS orders or a move?

PCS moves are inevitable while serving in the armed forces and can be unexpected due to “the needs of the military.” We are very familiar with military transfer of active duty and their family members both in and out of our practice and will help you find another orthodontist at your new duty station. We will correspond with them and send them your photographs, x-rays and initial treatment plan. When Dr. Hayden was on active duty he kept track of lots of statistics . . . and over 70% of his patients started their treatment with some other orthodontist! Dr. Kohlmeier was the chief resident at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and treated over 350 cases/year in his first year alone -- the average orthodontic resident usually treats ~35-70 patients their first year! He has a lot of experience with different case types and is up to date on all the latest technology. We review your case and the progress you’ve made whether or not you coming into our practice or leaving Kansas. We will be fair and honest and adjust your contract so you only pay fees for the treatment you receive.

Yes, we accept your insurance for you and your family members!

We accept many insurance company policies and that includes United Concordia, Tricare and Metlife. Our financial coordinator will work with your insurance company to help ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled.