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3D digital models… no more putty or impressions!

August 23rd, 2016

So we have had the Trios 3D scanner in the office for a few months.  Amazing.  It’s a camera that records 3D models.  No more impressions, no second tries… it is 100% accurate every time.  If you have ever had an impression done before this will seem like magic and we are so excited to have this for our patients!

I have to admit that when this came in I could not even wait for the training.  I had built a computer specifically to take advantage of this tool and so I plugged it in after patients had left and scanned my own teeth myself.  So cool.  I should point out that hit is NOT ME in the photos below, though!

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Let’s make this more comfortable!

July 19th, 2016

We’ve added a Cold Laser!  It allows us to provide LLLT, or low-level laser therapy.  It uses light to improve tissue repair and to reduce pain wherever the light is applied.  There is no visible effect on the surface.  But when used with orthodontic treatment teeth move faster with less pain!!

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Cold Laser has been used for many years on sports injuries, arthritic joints, neuropathic pain syndromes, and head/neck/back pain.  There are hundreds of articles on LLLT use to reduce pain and we are excited to be able to offer this to our patients to make appointments easier!

Humming along

April 30th, 2013

In the you-learn-something-new-every-day category… a week ago a patient asked, “Can I hum while you put my braces on?”  I wasn’t sure.  So she started humming and I started placing the braces. No problem!  Who knew?  I can’t believe it took this long for me to find that out!

SmartMoney on Orthodontics

February 13th, 2013

Smart Money: 10 Things Your Orthodontist Won’t Tell You was published about 8 years ago; SmartMoney would pick a service every month write a piece like this.  I think it’s an informative read.  My thoughts…

1.  I’m an orthodontist.  A dentist can do orthodontics but if they suggest that they are an orthodontist they risk losing their dental license.

2.  Yes and no.  If you have a quote..bring it along to your appointment.  I do not negotiate for ethical reasons; it’s unfair to other families.  But if you have done some leg work I will sometimes match other fees.  And fees are higher than that now.  :(

I do discounts for up front payment, a variety of payment plans.. I try to find something that works. Your priority should be to find who you trust and then go from there.

Also… ONLY GET 1 XRAY! Make sure you can take copies for your other appointments. If you know there is something difficult about the treatment you may be seeking..find an orthodontist with a conebeam machine so everything is imaged in 3 dimensions.

3.  I do not charge for broken braces or appointments. I do charge for retainer repairs and replacements, but those are completely avoidable.  I do not see many lost retainers since going to bonded retainers (glued in to the back sides of the teeth).

4.  Great advice.

5.  Again, great advice.  Another good reason to get 2nd opinions when treatment is recommended.

6.  Straightening teeth..easy!  Keeping them straight..hard! I noted above that I strongly urge bonded retainers.  They can be broken so I usually avoid the word “permanent”, but I have seen them last years and years and my success with them is far better than removable retainers.

7.  This topic comes and goes in orthodontics.  When a patient gets braces there are 24 slightly different parts applied.  I have 2 parts that I do clean, sterilize, sandblast and then re-sterilize because they are durable.  In fact, they bond stronger after this process.  All the other brace parts are distorted when removed a patient’s teeth and they cannot be used again.

8.  Great thoughts again.

9.  I try really hard to be on schedule.  I work on tight schedules and estimate treatment plans down to the month.  14 months is not 16 months.  It does not always work out the way I planned but I never charge extra to complete treatment.

10.  True.  There is pain.  Most manage well.  Lingual (inside the teeth) braces can be tough on the tongue but most consider it the trade-off for having braces that do not show.

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