Hybrid Appliances

WHAT ARE HYBRID APPLIANCES? Hybrid appliances in a very general sense are just two different orthodontic appliances used in conjunction (at the same time) or serially (one after the other).  This scenario tends to be fairly common in orthodontics.  A common situation will find an orthodontist doing expansion as well as aligning teeth (braces and[…]

What are TADs and what can we do with them?

TADs (TEMPORARY ANCHORAGE DEVICES) TAD is short for “Temporary Anchorage Device”.  TADs are also known as “Micro-implants” which are distinct from “Mini-implants” or “Dental Implants”.  A TAD is first and foremost “Temporary”.  It is not meant to reside in a patients mouth forever – it will be removed at the end of treatment or when[…]

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 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[…]

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[…]