Archive for January, 2020

Why are my Patient’s Invisalign Aligners Cracking?

There can be numerous reasons why Invisalign, ClearCorrect or clear aligners aligners crack but this blog will discuss the most common reasons. In order to diagnose the issue you need the following records: 1. The Treatment Plan We are looking to see if the treatment plan was indeed “good” and even viable. If it is […]

RPE, Expander, Schwartz

PURPOSE: The purpose of this appliance is to widen the arch(es) usually to aid in the correction of a crossbite (usually due to a functional shift), resolve crowding, and/or expand overly constricted arches, particularly in the posterior region. When designing your appliance, make sure you communicate your goal to the lab so that the design […]

Invisalign and Elastics

Precision cuts with Invisalign can be a bit scary for a general or pediatric dentist. Here’s a few of my favorite videos. My suggestion is to make your home care and demonstration videos eventually with your own patients and post them on your website. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGP1aofolXg&t=15s (note- she’s using slot to slot which is different than […]

Picking the Right Retainer: Vivara®, Essix®, Hawley

In this blog post, we’ll be talking about removable retainer options. Your dentist can discuss the best retainer for your smile as there are pros and cons to each type. This is something that you may want to discuss with your dentist even before you start braces or aligners. A retainer keeps your teeth from […]

Retention Scripting and Wear Protocol

I’ve written quite a few blogs on retention. There is no one size fits all protocol. The Orthodontic Aftercare Opportunity Esthetic Bonded Fixed Retainers Bonded Retainers Choosing the Best Type of Retainer after Orthodontic Treatment There is also a lot on our youtube page. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZQDILf1sP5qR4p78673bzA?view_as=subscriber Basically, you need to pick the right retainer to fit […]