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
The next stage of the Suresmile process is to capture a three-dimensional scan of the patient’s teeth. This can be done with either a very accurate 3D x-ray machine or an optical scanner called the Orascanner. This digital “impression” is then electronically forwarded to the technicians at Suresmile.
Once the digital lab at Suresmile determines that the scan information is accurate, they pass it along to the modeling team (step two). These technicians convert the scan data into a digital model that has separate, movable teeth.
In the third step, the orthodontist prescribes the final position of each tooth either by moving the teeth himself with a mouse or through very detailed instructions to the digital lab. Dr. Feinberg as the orthodontist alone determines the diagnosis, treatment plan, and biomechanics and physics necessary to move the teeth to their optimum positions. A 3-D model of your teeth allows us to analyze your bite from every possible angle. Continue reading Part 2: The Robots On Our Team Will Make You Smile
What if I told you there is really an orthodontic technology that could straighten your teeth and align your bite both faster and with greater accuracy than traditional braces, and oh yes more comfortably as well… wouldn’t you want to have your smile treated with this technology.
And by the way, wouldn’t you want your orthodontist to be skilled and have access to this technology as well. Predictably, most of you would say of course… sign me up for the high tech braces approach. Well, as most members of our Shelton/Trumbull/Stratford community know, Feinberg Orthodontics is the only practice in Southwestern Connecticut that provides this powerful orthodontic technology. Since 2004, we are proud that 1000’s of our patients have benefited from this technology known as Suresmile. In fact, we are the 37th practice in the world to have mastered and implemented SureSmile in our practice. Today there are more than 450 extremely progressive practices around the world that utilize this approach to care. Rather than using a pair of pliers to perform wire bending we use a computer mouse.
So, what exactly is Suresmile and how does it work?
Similar to Lasik eye surgery, Suresmile uses computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) to accomplish the wire bending phase of orthodontic treatment allowing results to be delivered more accurately, more comfortably, and 33% faster. That’s correct, at least 1/3rd less treatment time than conventional braces with better quality outcomes as published in numerous orthodontic scientific journals. (Please feel free to request your copy of one of these articles or go to the links on our website www.feinsmiles.com/journalpublications/) Continue reading Part 1: The Robots On Our Team Will Make You Smile