Sunday, August 30, 2009

Markham Centre Orthodontics Softball Team Competes in Unionville

Markham Centre Orthodontics is happy to support our patients in various sports or activities. This summer, one of our patients and coach of the team, Michael, approached Dr. Tam for sponsorship of a team in the peewee/bantam division of UMSC. The team sported royal blue jerseys and has had a lot of fun.

Last week, Dr. Tam and Wanda went out to one of the games to support their team. Each player was given an MCO bag and BPA-free Nalgene water bottle. Unfortunately, the field crew were unable to get the lights on, and the game had to be canceled.

TeamMCO wishes the team all the best as they approach the playoffs!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Markham Invisalign Orthodontist Breaks the Story on Settlement Between Invisalign and Ormco

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Align Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALGN) today announced that it has reached a settlement with Ormco Corporation (Ormco), a subsidiary of Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR), to end all pending litigation between the parties and to begin a new strategic collaboration. As part of the settlement, Align will make a cash payment of approximately $13 million to Ormco and issue approximately 7.6 million shares of Align's Common Stock to Danaher Corporation, Ormco's ultimate parent, that after issuance will be equal to approximately ten percent ownership interest in Align. Based on the closing price of Align's Common Stock on Friday, August 14, 2009 the value of the shares is approximately $77 million. The issuance of a portion of the shares is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended. For a summary of the terms of the transaction, please refer to the Company's Form 8-K filed today.

Align and Ormco have also agreed upon an exclusive collaboration over the next seven years to develop and market an orthodontic product that combines the Invisalign(R) system with Ormco's Insignia(R) orthodontic brackets and arch wires system to treat the most complex cases. Each party will retain ownership of its pre-existing intellectual property, and each party will be granted intellectual property licenses in their respective field for jointly-developed combination products.

"We are pleased to resolve this ongoing litigation with Ormco and to begin a new relationship that meets our shared goals of providing innovative products and excellent service to our orthodontic customers," said Thomas M. Prescott, Align Technology president and CEO. "This collaboration with Ormco, a fellow innovator in digital orthodontics, gives us the ability to compete for a segment of the market that is difficult to treat with Invisalign alone, and accelerates our long-term plan for a combination product."

Per the terms of the agreement, Ormco and Align have requested that judgment be entered on the claims resolved by the jury and all remaining claims in the litigation between the two parties be dismissed with prejudice. Additionally, as part of the settlement agreement, Ormco has agreed to release all past claims asserted by Ormco against Align based upon the '444 patent and has agreed not to sue Align for any claim of infringement based upon the '444 patent as a result of Align's relating to removable aligners.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Markham Braces and Richmond Hill Invisalign Team Members Join MCO!

If you’ve been in the office lately, you will have noticed a few new faces at Markham Centre Orthodontics. As we continue to grow, we are committed to bringing on only the best orthodontics team members possible, in keeping with our high standards for treatment and customer service. In this way, we hope to continue to be your choice for Markham braces and Richmond Hill Invisalign.

We are happy to have Jenny join Megan at our reception area to serve you better. Interestingly, we met Jenny as she was referred to our office as a patient by her dentist. She joined our team mid-treatment and is currently in the process of closing up 4 spaces where premolars were extracted for optimal facial aesthetics and profile. Fluent in chinese, particularly cantonese and with a working knowledge of mandarin, Jenny is here to help you with payments, statements, and scheduling your appointments. Be sure to see her or Megan before you leave the office to schedule your next visit!

Aya is the newest member of our clinical team. A dental hygienist for over 7 years, she was educated at George Brown College, where she also took part in the orthodontic study module for dental hygienists. She has completed the local anaesthesia course at the University of Alberta, but is happy that we don’t need to give needles at MCO :). Aya will be seeing you for your adjustment visits, placing/replacing braces, and on that awesome day when your braces are removed! Recently married, and now living in York Region with her husband, Aya is extremely excited to join our team at MCO.

Don’t forget to welcome both team members to TeamMCO. We thank you for your support as we continue to grow as your choice for braces in Markham and Invisalign in Toronto!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Markham Invisalign Specialist Visits California and Elite Invisalign Orthodontists

Dr. Tam and his wife Amelia recently took a trip to California. They flew into San Francisco, drove up to Napa wine country, and took the scenic drive down the Pacific Coast Highway to Los Angeles. As a part of his recent trip, your Markham braces and Toronto Invisalign orthodontist also spent some time with two of the top Invisalign doctors in California and the world.

The trip began in San Francisco where they saw the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square, and ate some great food at area restaurants. They managed to get through a 4am hotel fire on the 2nd floor (while staying on the fourth) to take this picture of a huge chair in the lobby of the Clift Hotel, a few blocks from Union Sq.

Following a tour through Napa Valley, it was time to start going down the coast. Along the way, Dr. Tam met Dr. David Shen at a local outdoor mall in Palo Alto, just minutes from Stanford University. Dr. Tam first came to know of Dr. David Shen at the 2007 and 2008 Invisalign Summits, a multi-day Invisalign conference with some of the best Invisalign practices around. Dr. Shen owns 9 practices in the Bay Area and is recognized as one of the top 10 Invisalign doctors in the world. He has been an Elite Invisalign Provider for many years, and has been recognized by CEO Thomas Prescott for his work. These top Invisalign doctors discussed their successes and challenges with Invisalign braces, including extractions with Invisalign, use of elastics and attachments , and various treatments involving a combination of Invisalign and clear, invisible braces. It was a beneficial meeting for them both, ending with Dr. Tam presenting a bottle of ice wine to Dr. Shen, to show him a unique taste from Canada.

Dr. Tam and Amelia then spent a few days driving down the coast, enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Coast. It was quite chilly around the Bay Area, but began to warm up slightly as they hit the famed Hearst Castle halfway down the coast. This estate property, built in the early 1900s, features 3 large swimming pools, and a 70,000 square foot main house. It couldn't have been easy to build, as tourists must take a bus 8 miles up the mountain to view the property!

Following a few more days down the coast with stops at Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara, Dr. Tam and his wife finally made it to Los Angeles where they met with Dr. Charles Brodsky from Brodsky Orthodontics in the Lakewood/Longbeach area of Los Angeles. Dr. Brodsky, an Elite Invisalign provider and classmate of Dr. Tam’s at Boston University, presented one of the top 5 cases at the 2008 Invisalign Summit. They discussed various office efficiencies, Inviaslign treatment, use of mini-implants in conjunction with fixed orthodontics, and orthodontic customer service.

On the way back to Toronto, Dr. Tam saw a familiar face in the security line at LAX. It was none other than NHL hockey star Paul Kariya. He was nice enough to wait for Dr. Tam to pass through security for a short chat and a pic.

Dr. Tam and Amelia had a wonderful mid-summer break together. It was a very eye opening experience to see the Golden State of California. Dr. Tam also feels very fortunate to be amongst the best group of Invisalign orthodontists in North America. Even on vacation abroad, he is committed to finding out how to provide the best Richmond Hill Invisalign and best Toronto braces for our patients. To schedule your complimentary consultation for Markham Invisalign or Thornhill braces, please contact us at 905-477-7750.