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.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Toronto Invisalign : Top 5 questions to ask before choosing a provider

While the popularity of Invisalign in Toronto has increased, there are still a lot of misconceptions about this clear orthodontics technique.  It is viewed as a commodity where you are purchasing Invisalign from Align Technology via a doctor, instead of looking at it as a technique where it is being used as a tool by the doctor.  The issue is that the experience and skill of the doctor and their team will play a large role in the success of your treatment, which is why the cost of Invisalign can be so variable amongst doctors.

The choice for your Toronto Invisalign Provider is not so clear!

Here are the top 5 questions you should be asking your Invisalign doctor before deciding on your treatment.

1.  Are you an orthodontist or a dentist who is certified with Invisalign?
2.  How many Invisalign treatments have you completed and can you show me some examples?
3.  Do you teach other doctors how to use Invisalign, won any awards for your treatment, or been published by Align Technology?
4.  Do you have a dedicated Invisalign technician working with you?
5.  How often is Invisalign treatment in your office unsuccessful, requiring you to use metal braces?

Our next several entries will discuss why these questions are so important before you choose your Invisalign doctor.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Daily Change with Braces Video - Before and After Markham Orthodontist

Recently, one of our Markham braces patients completed treatment and told us he was working on a video of his treatment.  We had no idea what to expect from him.  He sent us this video yesterday of his treatment having taken a photo every single day of his braces with us!  What an awesome video!  

If you're interested in seeing what we can do for your smile, contact us for your free no-obligation consultation including x-rays and photos!

*NOTE* The treatment is long because we combined two stages of treatment and had to wait for some permanent teeth to come in.   Most treatments 2 years or less.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stouffville Orthodontist at Stouffville Strawberry Festival!

MCO Stouffville Orthodontics, your Stouffville braces and Uxbridge Invisalign specialists, was happy to participate in the Stouffville Strawberry Festival again this year.  Every year, our team supports the festival and enjoys spending the day with our booth.  This year, our team had a photo booth where guests could take pictures with fun props for a chance to win an iPAD mini.  Congratulations to our winners of our contest!

Stouffville Orthodontist Contest Winners!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Why Choose Your Oshawa Orthodontist? The MCO Difference

Many people are looking for the best price for braces in Oshawa or the cheapest Invisalign in Whitby.  The major issue with this is that it assumes that what you are paying for is the same.  The truth is that orthodontics is a treatment and a service, where you will get different results and have a different experience depending on the office you choose.

MCO Orthodontics has produced thousands of beautiful smiles.  We have also provided our patients with an excellent experience along the way.  There are several reasons why MCO Oshawa Orthodontics is the choice for orthodontist for many people in Oshawa.

The MCO Orthodontics Difference-  How to choose the best orthodontist in Oshawa.

Five of the top reasons our patients choose us:

1.  The MCO Retainer Warranty-  A feature to allow for retainers at very affordable price compared to other offices.  This helps our patients maintain their lifelong MCO smile.

2.  The MCO Smile Promise-  If for any reason, your teeth have shifted, including not wearing your retainer, we will happily help you redo your treatment without a contract.  Simply pay a low monthly fee until you are satisfied with your teeth again!  This way you can always get back to your MCO smile without the high cost of full braces fees.

3.  Direct Billing of Orthodontic Insurance-  Very few orthodontic offices in Canada take your insurance because it is a lot of work and there is no way to electronically bill.  MCO has developed a system to allow for direct billing to save you the hassle of monthly paper work and to save your out-of-pocket costs in your orthodontic investment.

4.  We treat our patients like VIPs-  Many of our patients come from great distances including patients looking for an orthodontist in Peterborough, London, Keswick, and Port Perry.  They enjoy our care packages, treats at each visit, and exceptional service.

5.  Award-winning doctors-  Our doctors are consistently rated 5 stars on Google when searching for Orthodontist in Oshawa, Markham, and Stouffville.  Our team has published treatments for Invisalign and taught other offices and doctors internationally.

Please get in touch with us to schedule your consultation today!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Toronto Invisalign Doctor Meets Orlando Clear Correct Orthodontist

Two of the biggest manufacturers of custom aligners are Invisalign and Clear Correct.  Recently, your Markham and Stouffville orthodontist spent some time (through MCO airport) for a family trip after the AAO meeting.
Dr. Tam and family meeting Mickey!
For those of you who know Dr. Tam well, no trip would be complete without some work and learning.  He spent some time with Dr. Jason Battle from Premiere Orthodontics in Orlando.  Dr. Battle is a top Clear Correct aligner provider.  The two exchanged ideas on patient care and customer service.  Dr. Tam looks forward to bringing back some of this knowledge to help improve out braces in Oshawa, and Toronto Invisalign experiences!
Dr. Tam with Dr. Battle