Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Toronto Inivsalign Orthodontist: Elite Preferred Invisalign Dentist

As of January 2011, Dr. Jason K. Tam, your top Invisalign Orthodontist in Toronto, has been recognized with Elite Preferred Invisalign status. You may have seen Dr. Tam's Invisalign videos on YouTube

as well as information on the most comprehensive Invisalign website around, at Toronto Braces. There you can compare Invisalign vs Braces, see before and after Invisalign, and how to choose an Invisalign doctor. He also travels nationally to teach dentists and orthodontists on how to use Invisalign.

Elite Preferred Invisalign Status recognizes doctors that have achieved an experience level of the top 1% of all Invisalign providers in the world. It is a designation of the number of patients treated, but there can be still be significant variation between the quality and difficulty level of patients treated. Dr. Tam uses Invisalign as a technique, treated overbites, underbites, extraction cases, combined surgical orthodontics, as well as crowding and spacing. He firmly believes that Invisalign, when used properly can produce beautiful results on par with, and in some cases, better than with fixed braces.

If you have questions about Invisalign and would like to schedule your complimentary consultation with your Elite Richmond Hill Invisalign Orthodontist, please click here.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Markham Orthodontist Introduces the AAO's Braces Brigade Blog!

When potential new patients come to see us at MCO Markham Orthodontics, they have a lot of questions about their future experience with braces and Invisalign.  We have a lot of information on our website, including how to take care of your braces, various treatment modalities, as well as before and afters!

Would you like to learn more about what to expect during orthodontic treatment, from someone with firsthand experience? Well, our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recently developed the Braces Brigade Blog where past, present, as well as future orthodontic patients from coast to coast document their (or their child’s) orthodontic journeys. The blog will serve as a source of guidance for others as the patients undergo orthodontic care.

Our Markham Orthodontist Team encourages you to visit the Braces Brigade blog to read these great and informative blogs—who knows, maybe you’ll learn a thing or two! As always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the Braces Brigade or your own orthodontic treatment!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Toronto Invisalign Impressions May Soon be a Thing of the Past!

With any orthodontic treatment, impressions are generally required to produce models for treatment planning.  PVS Invisalign Impressions are required for Toronto Invisalign care.  However, a new partnership has been formed between Align Technology and Cadent Inc to produce 3D scanners that may eliminate the need for these impressions.  This would improve the accuracy of record taking, and improve the experience by not requiring impressions.  Rest assured, as soon as this technology is available and proven, we will have it here at MCO Orthodontics in Markham and Stouffville.  Here is the press release below:

SAN JOSE, Calif. and CARLSTADT, N.J., Jan. 10, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Align Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:ALGN - News) and Cadent, Inc., today announced an agreement to jointly develop software applications that will run on Cadent iTero(TM) and iOC(TM) scanners for use in Invisalign treatment. The new applications will optimize case assessment and planning for Invisalign treatment, and bring valuable digital tools chair-side for Invisalign providers who use Cadent scanners.

"The joint development agreement with Cadent is in line with our long-term strategic initiatives of improving the Invisalign customer experience through innovation," said Thomas M. Prescott, Align president and CEO. "Our partnership with Cadent allows us to leverage our own and other innovative technology to bring digital diagnosis and treatment tools conveniently chair-side in customers' practices."

"Cadent's powder-free scanning technology is fundamental for meeting the precision demanded by Align's standards," said Timothy Mack, Cadent president and CEO. "We are honored to develop new Invisalign applications which leverage our combined technologies and create value for our mutual customers and their patients. Integration with Invisalign has been one of the most widely requested enhancements by both general practitioners who use the iTero system and orthodontists who are using the iOC system."

Over the past few years, Align has worked with several manufacturers of intra-oral scanning (IOS) systems to evaluate interoperability of these systems for future use with Invisalign treatment. Rigorous standards for scan quality and accuracy have been defined by Align to ensure a specific scanning technology can successfully replace the physical impressions currently used in an Invisalign case submission. As part of that program, Align is currently in final beta tests with Cadent to validate their systems for use with Invisalign and expects to announce interoperability in the second quarter of 2011.

Under the terms of the agreement, Align will fund several million dollars for Cadent software development over the next few quarters in order to accelerate the availability of these chair-side applications. Align will own all rights to the developed applications and technology. Additional information regarding these new Invisalign applications will be provided closer to commercial launch.