Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Choosing your Invisalign Dentist or Orthodontist in Toronto- Part 5 Do You Need Metal Braces?

In Part 5 of Choosing the Best Oshawa Invisalign Orthodontist, we look at suggesting potential patients ask how often metal braces are required to finish Invisalign treatment.  There are a few reasons for this.

Many Invisalign providers do not actually do braces.  They have taken an Invisalign certification course for a weekend and may not be orthodontists.  General dentists provide braces as well but not nearly as many as provide Invisalign.  This will give you a decent indication of how experienced the doctor is with orthodontics.  Having an understanding of braces is an advantage for the doctor when planning Invisalign treatment and being able to help you achieve your smile if the Invisalign treatment does not run on track, or if you feel you are struggling with wearing the aligners.

One of the biggest factors here is that there are still some movements that will work better with braces than Invisalign, although not many.  It is important that the doctor have this as a part of their “arsenal” to help you achieve the exact results you are looking for.  Common issues that might require braces might be severely tipped molars or extreme rotations that might move faster with braces.  In these situations, the treatment should still be completed 90% with Invisalign and about 10% with braces.  Be cautious if there is a doctor who is regularly finishing treatments with braces after Invisalign.

Metal braces or Invisalign
Almost everyone can get Invisalign in Whitby.  Some might require 10% of the  work done with braces.
Knowing that your doctor has experience with metal braces is certainly a good thing, although it does not always translate into an ability to perform treatments with Invisalign.  When all else is equal, an orthodontist is going to likely have a greater understanding of how to move teeth, and what the final results should look like from the perspective of health and aesthetics.

Hopefully this 5 part series has been helpful in helping you ask the right questions before you choose your Invisalign provider.  Remember that Invisalign is a technique, not a product.  Price should only be a small factor because the results will be different depending on the doctor you choose.  For more information, please visit the most comprehensive Invisalign site around for Toronto Invisalign.  Good luck with your treatment and we’d be happy to hear about how it goes!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Oshawa Invisalign Orthodontist- How to Choose a Doctor Part 4 of 5

In Part 4 of How to Choose an Invisalign Provider in Toronto, we suggest you ask your provider if they have a dedicated Invisalign technician working with them.  At this time, despite the advanced computer algorithms, orthodontic treatment planning using Invisalign still requires excellent communication from the doctor to the technician in Costa Rica, with that technician needing a keen understanding of what the doctor is looking for in planning the movements for the teeth.

The other reason to ask about this is because only those doctors who have performed a certain number of treatments are granted dedicated technicians by Invisalign.  Working together with the same person over the course of hundreds and thousands of treatments is going to obviously produce better simulations.  Of course, the volume of treatments certainly does not speak to the quality of the care provided, but it does give a good indicator that your doctor has at least a base volume of experience.

Oshawa Invisiline
This is where Toronto Invisalign plans get developed...  lack of personal detail and attention for most treatments.
MCO Orthodontics has created well over 1000+ beautiful smiles using Invisalign and Invisalign Teen.  When our technician changes or is away, we can very much see the difference in the simulation produced.  Of course, with our doctor’s direction, we are still able to help achieve the smile we are looking for our patients.  Our team has been to Costa Rica to meet with our technicians many times and speaks with them regularly to make sure everyone is on the same page.

Our MCO Invisalign team is in regular communication with technicians, doctors, and team leads.

Stay tuned for Part 5, asking how often Invisalign treatment is not successful and requires braces.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Oshawa Invisalign Orthodontist Recognized by Align Technology

If you've been following our blog, you understand that Invisalign is a technique, not a product.  It is like a guitar and a guitarist.  Just having a great guitar doesn't mean the result will be beautiful music.  I takes a skilled guitarist to use that guitar to make the music.

Whitby Orthodontist for Invisalign
MCO Oshawa Orthodontics Invisalign Treatment Selected For Publication


For the 3rd consecutive time, MCO Oshawa Orthodontics, your Whitby Invisalign specialist has had their work published by Align Technology, highlighting the top Invisalign treatments through the past 2 years.  This is an impressive track record, but no surprise as one of best Toronto Invisalign doctors based upon a case volume of experience, with well over 1000 treatments.  Our team teaches Invisalign internationally so that doctors can learn how to use the appliance properly.

Invisiline Toronto over 1000 cases
MCO Orthodontics recognized in Las Vegas for over 1000 treatments.
Congratulations to the team at MCO Orthodontics on another wonderful treatment and being recognized for their Invisalign care!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Choosing an Oshawa Invisalign Provider Part 3: Show me your work!

In Part 2 of this series on how to choose the best Invisalign Provider in Toronto for yourself, we looked at the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist.  In Part 3, we will look at figuring out if a doctor has experience with orthodontic treatment with Invisalign.

One of the best ways to figure out if someone has experience with Invisalign is look at a portfolio of their completed treatments.  Now there are privacy issues surrounding sharing all work from every patient, but doctors who have worked with enough happy patients will generally have a large selection of various treatments to show you.  This could be in print, on a website, or in a video.  Beware also that many doctors take treatments from stock photos or from other sites to show as examples.  They are technically not doing anything wrong because they are not saying it is their work, so a clarification asking about this might be in order.

When looking at these Invisalign treatments, see if there is a variety of different types of correction required.  Many cases involving crowding and spacing are simple, but treatments involving correction of Class 2, Class 3, open bites, deep bites, crossbites, and extractions will generally show a greater experience level with the Invisalign appliance.  In other words, showing a greater range of treatments with higher complexity is generally a good way to determine how skilled your doctor is.

For those of you who still think Invisalign is only for simple treatments, here's are two great videos to show you what can be done with Invisalign with an experienced team and cooperative patient.

Oshawa Invisalign Before and After Video


Toronto Invisalign Before and After Video


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Oshawa Orthodontist Selected for Expert Panel

There are many choices for orthodontist in Oshawa for braces and Invisalign.  Recently, your Invisalign specialist at MCO Orthodontics was selected to be on an expert panel, fielding questions from orthodontists across North America.  The expert panel, called the "Shark Tank" was a part of the MKS Forum 2016 in Dallas, Texas.  Those looking for braces in Whitby and Invisalign in Oshawa have an option to see the award winning and expert team.


Whitby braces dentist
2nd Annual MKS Orthodontic Forum
Invisalign Oshawa
MCO Oshawa Orthodontist on Expert Panel


Friday, October 21, 2016

Invisalign Recommends Aligner Changes Every 7 Days - Comments by Your Toronto Invisalign Specialist

Recently, Align Technology sent a memo to all providing doctors that aligners can be changed every 7 days.   The previous recommendation was that aligners be changed every 2 weeks.

Many offices have been changing aligners for patients on a faster cycle using appliances such as AcceleDent and Propel VPro5, or for teens and midcourse correction or refinement aligners.  Other doctors have been asking patients to change aligners every 7 days by reducing the amount of movement per aligner.  In other words, the total treatment time remains the same, but there are double the aligners.

Our Toronto Invisalign treatments have been selected 3 times for publication by Align Technology and our team has taught doctors internationally how to use Invisalign.  There are definitely indications for faster cycle changes, but just like any braces treatment, the rate of tooth movement will depend on a number of factors including patient compliance, density of the bone, individual physiology, and the level of difficulty of the movement requested.

It is currently our position that due to the level of difficulty of many of the movements that our doctors perform, changing aligners every 7 days at this stage UNIVERSALLY is not condoned.  Note that this information comes after a "study" of 200 weekly changes.  Our patients have noticed that aligners may fit during the next few sets, but tracking of aligners will generally fall off later in treatment.  Of course, the shorter the treatment, the less likely treatment will go off track.

At the end of the day, there are many variables contributing to the decision on a cycle change schedule.  We have patients that change aligners on 3 week, 2 week, 10 day, 1 week, 5 day, and 3 day cycles.  Only your doctor who is familiar with the goals of the treatment and experienced with Invisalign will be able to determine exactly what the best aligner cycle is for you.

Read more about their release here:

 
 
Invisalign Weekly Aligner Changes
 
A lot can happen in 7 days.
 
Shorten treatment time with weekly aligner changes.
 
Now it is possible to give patients the new smiles they want—sooner. As of today Align Technology recommends weekly aligner changes* to shorten treatment times without compromising outcomes.
 
2 weeks to 1 week
 
2 weeks to 1 week diagram
 
Weekly aligner changes, prescribed at the doctor’s discretion, simply involve instructing the patient to change aligners every week rather than every two weeks. No staging or velocity modifications in treatment planning are required. Analysis of progress data from 200 weekly wear cases shows that there is no difference in predictability or refinement rates with weekly wear cases compared to cases with two-week wear.
 
Weekly aligner changes may reduce treatment time up to 50%, compared to two-week changes. Consider using weekly aligner changes for your patients.
 
*Weekly aligner changes are recommended for all Invisalign treatments (with default staging protocol) for Invisalign Full, Invisalign Teen and Invisalign Assist products [The decision to prescribe weekly aligner changes is at the doctor’s discretion. Monitor tooth movements such as rotations, extrusions, and significant root movements; particularly blue and black movements in the Tooth Movement Assessment (TMA). Depending on the patient response to treatment, particularly mature adults, consider longer periods between aligner changes.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Oshawa Braces Orthodontist - Choosing an Invisalign Provider Part 2

In our last entry, we introduced the 5 questions to consider when choosing an Invisalign provider.  The first question was "Are you an orthodontist or a dentist who is certified with Invisalign?".

Dentist or Orthodontist For Invisalign in Oshawa?
This is a great question to ask because Toronto Invisalign certification is granted to both Oshawa dentists and Oshawa orthodontists.  Invisalign certification is granted to any dentist or orthodontist that has taken their weekend course.  This course is more about how to submit treatment to the company rather than how to move the teeth.

A dentist would be akin to your family doctor while an orthodontist is a specialist trained in moving teeth.  Orthodontists have to become dentists and then study and treatment orthodontic patients only for an additional 2-3 years.  Moving teeth is all orthodontists do all day.  Therefore, orthodontists will generally have more knowledge about moving teeth.

However, this is not always the case, which makes things more confusing for the average person looking for an Invisalign doctor.  Orthodontists usually train to move teeth with braces.  They become experts at it because that is all they do.  The acceptance of Invisalign has been slow by orthodontists and many of them are now starting to work with the appliance.  1% of the doctors as designated by Align technology have worked with more than 800 Invisalign patients in their lifetime.  Now this does not speak to the quality of the work provided, but you can see how being an orthodontist alone does not mean they have experience with Invisalign.

When all things are equal, choose an orthodontist instead of a general dentist for your Invisalign treatment, but be aware that not all orthodontists are experts at moving teeth with Invisalign!  Stay tuned for Part 3 on how to choose the best Invisalign provider for your treatment.