In virtually every field, a combination of integrity, skill and experience are essential to ensuring competence and ultimately successful outcomes. We’ll visit the medical profession to illustrate the importance of experience in providing optimal care. We will assume a level playing field for all the other qualities previously described. In our dramatic example, you are suffering from cardiac blockage and require heart bypass surgery. All things being equal re: cardiologist’s integrity and skill… you have a choice of docs. The first doc just completed his/her fellowship training and the second has already successfully performed 100’s of bypass surgeries. Would you choose the 1st doc or the 2nd doc? If I were making the decision, it would be the 2nd doc in a “heartbeat”!
Orthodontic Specialty Programs
In orthodontic specialty programs, skill is measured and is a prerequisite to graduating and being awarded a specialty certification. Experience however is another thing altogether. Continue reading THE X FACTOR
When Aligners Alone Are Not Enough
In part 1 of this 2 part series on Hybrid Orthodontic treatment, I discussed some of the failings of aligner therapy. As in all medical/dental related areas the most critical step in care begins with an accurate diagnosis. Namely, what is the nature of the clinical problem. Once that is determined, a plan to address the problem can be created. The key is to create an excellent plan. Not all plans are created equal, therefore creating the appropriate treatment care plan is the key to delivering the desired outcome and achieving an excellent result.
This is where the skill sets and experience of the doctor(an orthodontic specialist) are so important(stay tuned, I will explore this in more detail in a future blog post).
Hybrid Therapy and You
Today our focus will be specifically on the tooth aligning limitation of aligners and how we have developed a unique protocol called Hybrid Therapy(attribution to Dr. Peter Kierl in Oklahoma)that has been designed to overcome those limitations.
Let’s look at a couple of clinical examples that demonstrate the limitations of aligners and how we solve them to ensure a great result; smile and bite perfection. Continue reading Part 2: Hybrid Orthodontic Treatment – When Aligners Alone Are Not Enough
What Does Invisalign Aligners do?
Unless you have been living under a rock or even on a desert island like Tom Hanks in Castaway, you have probably heard about Invisalign aligners. Align is the manufacturer of Invisalign and has spent an enormous amount of money marketing directly to consumers effectively bypassing doctors. This strategy has been very effective for increasing the profits of Align as a corporation but in too many situations has fallen short in terms of patient outcomes. In our practice alone we see about about one unhappy patient a month that has received substandard aligner care. This care typically is delivered by a general dentist or by a do it yourself(DIY) “aka Smile Club” without any doctor oversight.
There is some good news in all of this. First the good news, it has brought more consumers in to the orthodontic marketplace to seek out orthodontic care. The bad news is that Align has masterfully brainwashed the public on the virtues of clear aligner therapy. It is always a dangerous thing when a company is driving care not the health care practitioner. This is certainly not in the best interests of the patient. Continue reading Part 1: When Aligner Therapy Alone Doesn’t Cut The Mustard
Too many American adults are unhappy with their smile. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by the American Association of Orthodontics more than 1/3 of adults reported they didn’t like their smile. What better time than right now, to promise yourself or someone you love a beautiful new smile.
Let’s take a closer look at the details of this study of 1,000 U. S adults 18 years of age and older.
Facebook untagging. 48 percent of Americans 18-24 actually untagged a photo of themselves on Facebook because they didn’t like their smile. More than one third of those surveyed indicated that if their smiles were improved their social life would be better as well. Continue reading Does Your Smile Make You Happy?
Metal braces were once the only choice patients had to straighten their teeth, fix their bites and brighten their smiles. In the early1980’s clear braces were invented and at around that time braces behind the teeth were developed as well. These were the only choices a patient had until the turn of the 21st century, the year 2000. As an orthodontist,Dr. Feinberg attended the first series of seminars on Invisalign and over the course of time has become a highly skilled expert in Invisalign therapy. In the early days, just like in metal braces Invisalign therapy was limited in its applications and quite frankly was an inferior product. Now that the product has reached its current level of excellence we have confidently offered it as an option for our patients. Continue reading Is Invisalign the Right Choice for You?
If you are comparing porcelain veneers versus braces to help you determine the best way to improve the look of your smile, both are excellent options for helping people achieve their goals for a healthier looking smile.
For many patients porcelain veneers seem like an attractive option, allowing them to achieve a perfect smile in a matter of weeks. But are porcelain veneers are not right for everyone.
Porcelain veneers are custom-made, thin porcelain tooth-colored shells designed to cover the front surfaces of the teeth. Porcelain veneers cover tooth imperfections by acting as a new tooth surface. Porcelain veneers are an ideal treatment for many dental issues, Continue reading Porcelain Veneers vs Braces
If you have thought about straightening your teeth but are apprehensive about doing so with traditional orthodontic treatment such as braces, you might be a good candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign is an ideal solution for most teens and adults. Invisalign is a less noticeable way to achieve a better smile. Invisalign straightens your teeth using a series of clear, custom-fitted, easily removable aligners that gradually adjust your teeth, efficiently correcting your bite and malocclusion problems.
The Clear Benefits Of Invisalign
Learn more about the benefits Invisalign offers and why you should consider this exciting method of straightening teeth.
• When you have straight teeth, your mouth is healthier in general and there is less chance of tooth decay and gum disease. Continue reading Straight Teeth Without Embarrassing Braces
Swollen, red, and tender gums are commonly experienced by most people who are in the midst of orthodontic treatment. The gums are more likely to swell during orthodontics and controlling the problem can present a bit of a challenge for even the most diligent dental patient. For some patients, the condition is limited to a mild case of gingivitis which will go away when the braces are removed. For other patients, the gums can become permanently overgrown due to years of chronic inflammation. No matter the degree of swelling, it is important to address the issue early on.
What Causes Swollen Gums?
Ceramic or metal brackets cemented to your teeth and threaded with wires make thorough toothbrushing a bit more challenging than it used to be. However, cleaning your teeth to remove bacteria is still as important as it has always been, because bacterial plaque can lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease, the first stages of which are red, bleeding, and swollen gums. Continue reading Gum Swelling During Orthodontics
Invisalign isn’t the perfect solution for everyone, but if you’re a good candidate, there are LOTS of reasons for choosing Invisalign—and they’re not all simply about going metal-free!
Clear, removable Invisalign trays are a less invasive orthodontic treatment method. With Invisalign technology, your teeth can be straightened without causing inconveniences to your daily life.
Benefits You Probably Didn’t Expect
The most obvious difference between Invisalign treatment and braces is their appearance, but there’s more to it than that. Continue reading Invisalign Treatment Provides Many Benefits