January 8th, 2016
We want to begin this year by thanking all our patients who helped contribute to our efforts to help raise money for Face the Future Foundation. It began with a book sale, where most of the books were just $1. We're excited to say we have raised over $200 for the foundation. Again, thank you to all those who contributed to a great cause.
October 16th, 2015
Today, our practice uses leading-edge 3M™ technology to quickly capture a 3D “impression” or model of your teeth that helps us produce better-fitting appliances like clear aligners, brackets, wires, and retainers.
How Does It Work?
We simply move the scanner around the area being treated, capturing video of all sides of the teeth and gums. You can watch the 3D model of your teeth appear on the monitor in real time.
When the scan is complete, we can review, zoom in or out, and rotate the image to get a true picture of your oral anatomy. It's a great opportunity for you to ask questions and better understand what’s being done.
How Is The Scan Used?
The digital impression is often sent to a dental laboratory to produce the appliance or aligner.
Once the appliance or aligner is complete, we will deliver and review comfort for daily wear. If we have prescribed clear movement aligners, we will insert the first set of aligners and review your custom treatment plan with you.
Accurate. Fast. Comfortable.
The tiny scanning wand makes taking the impression fast and comfortable, with amazingly precise results. Better impression accuracy means optimal fitting, and more beautiful, better-functioning dental appliances for you, our valued patient!
Ask Us About Our 3M™ True Definition Scanner
Next time you visit our practice, ask us about this fantastic technology. We’d love to show you how it works, and answer all of your questions.
Thanks for being our valued patient and friend!
September 2nd, 2015
There is a trend that has been causing concern with orthodontists and it should be put to an immediate stop. It is widely known that braces are not easy on the wallet, but teeth movement should be left to the professionals. This new trend has people trying to fix their own teeth with using cheap finds such as rubber bands.
Trying to give yourself braces is very dangerous and can cause a lot of damage. Teeth are connected to the gums and the blood supply so there is a risk of infection, tearing the gums which might not heal properly. This could damage the attachment between the tooth and gums, so the tooth no longer gets the support it needs. There have been some cases where somebody forgets about the rubber band and it moves up into the gums. This could lead to bone loss, root damage and ultimately result in teeth falling out. In the end, you might have to pay a whole lot more than braces in order to fix the damage.
Orthodontists go to school for many years, which takes a lot of work, to gain the knowledge needed to correct teeth. You wouldn't perform any type of surgery on yourself, so why risk affecting your teeth in a negative way. If money is an issue, many orthodontists will have payment options available to help.