Friday, December 16, 2011

Dr. Tam Visits Wisconsin to see the Green Bay Packers and Tour the American Orthodontics Factory

On December 11th, Dr. Tam was invited by American Orthodontics to attend the game at Lambeau Field to see the Green Bay Packers take on the visiting Oakland Raiders.  The weather was unseasonably warm at about zero degrees centigrade, the American Ortho box was full of great people enjoying the food and beverages, and the Packers kept their unbeaten streak alive with a 46-16 win.   What a fantastic way to experience a football game!

Just outside Lambeau Field at the legendary Krolls. 

Dr. Tam enjoying the pregame in the American Ortho Box. 

 Sold out as always.  Great fans with fantastic spirit!

The following morning, an hour south of Green Bay, Dr. Tam visited the manufacturing facility for American Orthodontics in Sheboygan.  Here are some interesting facts about the plant:

-There are about 425 employees in the factory
-None of the employees have a time clock nor are they paid by piece work.  They are all on the honour system.  They take time off when they need it and make up for it at their leisure.  Such as system only works with high integrity employees who value and are proud of their work.
-There is excellent quality control with a combination of machine fabrication and human fabrication/inspection.
-There is a completely isolated latex-free room for the safety of patients with such an allergy
-98% of all of American Orthodontics products are made in America
-American Orthodontics is looking to triple the size of its existing facility in the coming years

Dr. Tam feels extremely confident in the quality of the braces he uses at MCO, especially after witnessing the manufacturing process first-hand.  In fact, all of the products that we use at MCO are from top of the line companies because our patients deserve only the best!  Thank you to the people at AO for this wonderful opportunity!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Top Toronto Invisalign Orthodonitst visits Costa Rica Invisalign Treat Facility for 2nd time

MCO Invisalign orthodontist, Dr. Tam, has always aimed to be the best Invisalign dentist in Toronto.  In order to do this, he has traveled extensively to meet top doctors all over the world, visited the Invisalign Treat Facility, and attended numerous Invisalign seminars.  MCO is also one of the few offices in Canada using the Invisalign scanner to replace impressions!

One of the key aspects of proper Invisalign treatment is the planning of the ClinCheck.  While many potential patients consider Invisalign to be the same no matter where you go, this is not the case.  It is up to the doctor and their experience to determine when teeth move, how they move, and how much they move.  When simulations are created, they are done so by technicians who do not have training with orthodontic tooth movement.  Anything can happen in a video, but it doesn't mean it will happen inside the mouth. The above photo is only one section of the facility where the techs create simulations.  As you can imagine, there is a lot of variability!

In early November, Dr. Tam went to meet his team leader Alex, his current tech Auxi, and their back-up tech Roberto in Costa Rica.  This was his 2nd visit in 2 years.  He went to discuss his preferences for treatment, and to ensure that there is a smooth transition whenever Auxi is away.  Alex sported his TeamMCO t-shirt and it was fantastic to see them, as they are truly a part of our Invisalign team at MCO.  Special thanks to Alex and Auxi for the gift they got for Dr. Tam's son, Isaac!

L-R:  Dr. Tam, Alex, Auxi, Roberto

Remember that Invisalign is a technique, not a product, and seek out the most experienced Invisalign doctors to ensure you have proper care.