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 expander).  Another orthodontist will[…]

Can my child wear aligners when they still have baby teeth?

The simple answer to the question of whether or not your child can wear aligners when they have a mixture of baby teeth and adult teeth is Yes.  Context is key, here.  There exists a very small window or time-frame where clear aligners are an acceptable option for young children.  Usually, an orthodontist will simply[…]

What are TADs and what can we do with them?

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 it has served its[…]

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[…]