Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Ask your Oshawa Orthodontist - How Often Should I Change My Invisalign Braces?

There are a lot of misconceptions around regarding the number of days required per aligner tray with Invisalign orthodontics.

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How often do you change your Invisalign trays?

The truth is that the most important factor in how often to change the tray is how much movement is programmed per tray.  Imagine the following two hypothetical scenarios:

A.  2 degrees of rotation for one tooth 
B.  4 degrees of rotation for one tooth

Scenario A requires 2 trays to complete the 4 degrees of rotation.

Since we reasonably expect 2 degrees of rotation per week, A would allow for weekly aligner changes whereas B would allow for aligner changes every 2 weeks.  The net movement in 2 weeks is till 4 degrees.  Therefore, the more important thing in Invisalign treatment is the total treatment time, rather than thinking about how many trays you have.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Toronto Invisalign Orthodontist Discusses Invisalign Teen

It is a common myth that teenagers are not good candidates for Toronto Invisalign treatment.  Just like regular braces, teens must be compliant with oral hygiene and the use of elastics.  However, using aligners may make treatment more comfortable and allow better access for cleaning.

Take a look at this video describing teen compliance with Invisalign by Dr. Jason Tam of MCO Orthodontics, orthodontist in Oshawa, Toronto, Stouffville, Markham, and Scarborough.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Markham and Toronto Invisalign Orthodontist Feature Video

As we move into 2018, many people have a New Year's Resolution for a new smile.  At MCO Orthodontics, we're here to provide a beautiful smile and memorable experience for our patients.  Check out a video of our Markham location where we work with adults and children using braces and Invisalign!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Oshawa Orthodontist Teaches Hands on Invisalign Course

As a part of a continuing mentoring course for Invisalign clear aligners, your Oshawa Orthodontist held a hands on demonstration course for proper finishing and ClinCheck simulation evaluation.  This was the third session for local Oshawa dentists who have increased and improved their work with Invisalign with the expert instruction from your Toronto Invisalign Specialist.  Remembering that Invisalign is a technique, not a product, it is best to choose a team and doctor with experience in planning our your treatment.

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Toronto Invisalign Specialist teaching dentists the best Invisalign techniques

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Toronto Invisalign Orthodontist Discusses New Invisalign Tiers for North America

Recently, Align Technology announced a new way of classifying doctors for their Invisalign Doctor Locator, taking effect January 1st, 2018.  Currently, Invisalign has an status system for Invisalign providers based upon a certain case volume of experience over the past 6 months in conjunction with a lifetime number cases started (MCO Orthodontics begins a case volume of Invisalign treatments to qualify for the top tier in both systems).  This system helps the consumer find a doctor that has been actively using Invisalign regularly, but also has a certain volume of experience over the course of their career.

Although not all of the lifetime cases will have been completed, it is generally safe to say that if an office is growing at a steady rate, by the time a doctor reaches Super Elite or Elite status, they should have completed a significant number of them.  This of course does not hold true if an office decides to start a lot of cases within a short period of time, doing things like Invisalign Groupon.  It also does not speak to the quality of the treatment rendered, but only sheer volume.  The current statuses are as follows:

Top 1% Super Elite Provider  100 cases every 6 months and 800 lifetime started
Elite Provider  50 cases every 6 months and 300 lifetime started
Premier Provider 25 cases every 6 months and 50 lifetime started
Preferred Provider 10 cases started per year

The new method increases the total number of cases required every 6 months, but removes the lifetime start requirement.  This is good for consumers to further distinguish doctors doing varying case volumes, but provides less of a safety net and reassurance that the provider has much lifetime experience.  Now it is possible for a provider to purchase 200 Invisalign cases in the previous 6 months to qualify for a large discount and be considered one of the top providers by Align.  Previously, it would have required 100 cases in the previous 6 months, but 800 cases would have had to be purchased over time.  The system is also favourable for the publicly traded Align Technology (ALGN) to encourage doctors to begin more cases to earn top status, who will in turn increase their discount rate per case.

Diamond Plus 200 cases in the previous 6 months
Diamond 140 cases in the previous 6 months
Platinum Plus 100 cases in the previous 6 months (Previous Top 1% Super Elite Starts Here)
Platinum 60 cases in the previous 6 months
(Previous Elite Providers will be divided between these statuses)
Gold Plus 30 cases in the previous 6 months
Gold 24 cases in the previous 6 months (Previous Premier Providers)
Silver 5 cases in the previous 6 months (Previous Preferred Providers)
Bronze 0 cases in the previous 6 months (Status for 0 cases!)

When looking on the Invisalign doctor locator tool beginning in the new year, be aware of the changes with these new statuses.  Remember as always that Invisalign is a technique, not a product, so your results are going to depend and differ based upon the office that is planning out and delivering your orthodontic care.  It means that treatment results can differ significantly even amongst two providers in the same tier.  If you're considering Invisalign in Toronto, check out the Top 5 questions to ask before you begin Invisalign treatment.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Toronto Invisalign Orthodontist Selected for Media Training and Informational Videos

Recently, your Scarborough Invisalign Orthodontist was in Denver to receive media training for upcoming local Toronto news spots.  Dr. Tam trained with Mark Bernheimer, a 16 year veteran reporter for CNN, to help deliver succinct and accurate information with regards to Toronto Invisalign and Oshawa Invisalign Teen questions.  He was chosen because of his experience in working with Invisalign treatment and Invisalign patients, as well as his ability to produce excellent results with this clear aligner technique.

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Downtown Toronto Invisalign Specialist Media Training

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Scarborough Invisalign Orthodontist answering questions regarding Invisalign Teen compliance.

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Dr. Tam, Markham Orthodontist, answering questions from a panel.

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A behind the scenes look at the Whitby Invisalign Teen informational video production.

These questions include:

1.  What would you tell a parent of a teenager who is concerned that their child will not be compliant with aligners?

2.  What would you tell a parent of a teenager who has been told that they are not a candidate for Invisalign treatment?

3.  What types of questions would you suggest a parent or patient ask with regards to financial considerations for Invisalign?

We'll address these questions in near future!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Chinese Orthodontist in Scarborough Ontario - MCO Scarborough Orthodontics

Dr. Edward Pong, Chinese Braces Orthodontist in Scarborough, recently transitioned his office to MCO Scarborough Orthodontics.  Located conveniently at 4002 Sheppard Avenue East, Unit 302 for over 30 years, MCO Orthodontics wishes Dr. Pong a wonderful retirement.  With 5 locations in the Greater Toronto Area and the experience of thousands of beautiful MCO smiles, we are looking forward to more Agincourt Invisalign and Scarborough braces!  Happy to serve in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Dr. Edward Pong
Chinese Orthodontists in Scarborough at Kennedy and Sheppard.