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[…]

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[…]