Does Invisalign have a bad reputation?

Occasionally patients visiting our office will express surprise when we recommend the Invisalign appliance.  They will report that they were told by their dentist (or another orthodontist) that Invisalign couldn’t correct their specific condition.  They wonder why those doctors seem to disagree with our office?  Sometimes, it seems that Invisalign has a bad a reputation.[…]

Can I use Elastics (Rubber Bands) with Invisalign?

The simple answer is Yes – absolutely you can wear rubber bands with your Invisalign aligners.  Just like fixed appliances (aka “Braces”), Invisalign allows for the correction of front-to-back bite problems with elastics (rubber bands).  The elastics hook onto little cutout slits on the aligner itself or on specialized auxiliary attachments (buttons or hooks) that[…]

Can my dentist treat me for my orthodontic problems?

Occasionally, someone will discover that they or their child have developed an orthodontic problem.  Their dentist may offer to correct the problem for them.  That same patient may turn to an orthodontist and ask “Can my dentist treat me for my orthodontic problem too?”  The simple answer is …absolutely Yes. The longer answer is a[…]

Invisalign vs Braces Which is Better?

As fixed appliances (aka Braces) have been around for more than a century, they appear to be a known quantity in the world of orthodontics.  Invisalign ( introduced around 1999/2000) is a relative newcomer.  Sometimes, patients want to know “which of these appliances is better”?  The answer is…  …”it depends”. The question of “which appliance[…]

Compliance the Elephant in the room

Banksy, the provocative street artist, once ran afoul of animal rights advocates for painting an elephant the same pattern as the wallpaper of the “room” it occupied.  Banksy seemed to be trying to evoke the notion that some things are understood but rarely addressed verbally; the proverbial “elephant in the room”. Orthodontics has its very[…]

When should my child see an Orthodontist?

The decision of when my child should learn to surf is pretty open-ended.  The question of “when should my child see an orthodontist” is a little more complicated and the answer is … it depends. Because an orthodontist doesn’t know what kinds of skeletal issues may be developing or whether there are extra teeth present or[…]

How do I care for my retainers?

Retainers are an incredibly important aspect of orthodontic treatment.  Simply put, once the teeth are straight we need to keep them that way!  Read more here [ Retention and Retainers ] and here [ How often should I wear my retainers ] for further information on this topic.  Retainers can be cared for in a number[…]

How often do I have to wear my retainers?

The topic of retention is a complicated and complex subject and you can read more about this topic, here [ Retention and Retainers ].  The actual study of how to keep teeth from moving after orthodontic treatment is over is still ongoing.  Classic studies were performed here in the pacific northwest to determine how much teeth[…]

Foods to watch out for during orthodontic treatment

Most patients (and prospective patients) know that they need to be careful when it comes to which foods they can eat.  They understand that certain types of foods can cause problems in the long run either by dislodging (breaking) the appliance (for example knocking off brackets) or getting stuck in the appliance and having secondary[…]