July 23rd, 2018
Have you ever wondered how the magic of tooth movement happens? Sure you've seen the before and after pictures, but how do they do it?
Well, in this week's edition of the American Association of Orthodontists resource, we're referring you to a fantastic page that discusses the "how" of orthodontic treatment.
This resource covers types of appliances that are used to move teeth. (It's not just all "braces," folks!) It also covers strategies like extracting primary or permanent teeth versus expansion.
This resource touches on so many topics that it's likely to raise even more questions than it answers, and that's what we're here for. Please take a look at this website to begin learning, and as always, please feel free to contact our office with any additional questions you can think of. We're here for you!!
AAO Guide: How Orthodontic Treatment Works
April 23rd, 2018
It has become common practice to use the word "Invisalign" when referring all clear aligner treatment, but what many patients don't realize is that there are lots of companies who create clear aligners or the tools to make them, and they each have their own advantages and disadvantages. As orthodontic specialists, we are pleased and proud to be able to offer a wide variety of these options so that we can best customize your treatment experience.
Today we want to share with you some information about a treatment option provided by a company called Orchestrate 3D. Orchestrate offers tremendous flexibility which means that treatment with aligners can be within reach at a vast range of price points and timelines. Many other companies have "minimum" price levels or entry points that make treatment cost-prohibitive for patients who need minimal intervention. Sometimes for these patients, the perceived value of a minor touch-up isn't worth making a large investment. Now, by using the services of a company like Orchestrate, we can provide service at a price that matches the value.
Another advantage we get to enjoy with Orchestrate is maximum flexibility in treatment planning. As the doctors, we customize the movements that the teeth will go through and the speed at which they will move ourselves instead of delegating this part of the process to a technician as is the case with other competing aligner companies. Since this is the case, we can use our experience and expertise to predict how and where each tooth needs to move and what attachments need to be placed in order to achieve the best results possible.
Finally, we're excited for what the future holds with a company like Orchestrate. We hope to upgrade our in-office technology at some point to include a 3D printer. These printers allow us to make models of the predicted movements of the teeth right there in the office on the SAME day that the digital impression is made! What does this mean to you? It means that instead of waiting days or weeks for your aligners to be fabricated and shipped back to us, your treatment could potentially begin almost immediately. As we all know, once you've committed to making a change, sometimes you simply can't wait to get the ball rolling!
As I've mentioned, we're so excited to be able to offer Orchestrate treatment as well as many many other options to customize your personal plan. Call our office or visit our website to learn more - we would be happy to see you for a complimentary consultation to help you learn what options might work best for you!