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TMD, TMJ, and Orthodontics
What do TMD and TMJ mean?These are both acronyms that refer to the same condition, though one is more specific than the other. The first one, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is the correct term that is used in the industry of orthodontics. It means that you have a disorder in this joint, which connects the […]
Does StraightSmile Solutions Have a Phase 1 or Interceptive Orthodontics Course?
Do You Offer In-Person Courses? Find out here. We used to do in-person courses for interceptive but they are very expensive to produce and put on and in order to do so, you have to get sponsors so it’s more affordable for dentists to attend.The problem with sponsors is that they try to control the […]
Why Doesn’t StraightSmile Solutions Do Lecture Courses on Aligners?
I do sometimes offer courses. I post them on my website here: https://www.straightsmilesolutions.com/classes/events/ The reason I don’t do actual “courses” is because these are always sponsored (because they are expensive to put on) and in doing so you give your heart and sole away legally and you can’t speak freely. I’ve had that happen to me […]
How Do StraightSmile Solutions Invisalign Protocols Differ from Molis and GLR?
I often get asked this question and I really don’t have an answer for it, outside of “we do things differently”:1. We don’t have some blurb that you cut and paste in your comments section of your Invisalign Clinical Preferences.* This never works! All it does it slow down your treatment-planning and confuse the technicians.2. […]
Class 3 Space Closure Mechanics
It is so important to manage space well with anchorage for Class III cases. Below are my “Class III Spacing Beads on a String Mechanics”.At the heart of this is ANCHORAGE! The LLHA is my anchorage of choice for class 3 cases with lower spacing. If the class III case has only upper spacing, the […]
Can Periodontal Patients get Invisalign or Braces?
Yes, some periodontal patients can indeed get orthodontic treatment but it isn’t without risks.My preference for these patients is always Invisalign over fixed braces for hygiene and also because the forces are slower and lower. This leads to less tissue breakdown over time during treatment. Also, you need to differentiate between ACTIVE periodontal disease and […]
Why I Prefer Invisalign for Senior Patients
I know some people think I am contradicting myself, but I am indeed a fan of Invisalign. For a young, healthy, class 1 patient, there are many alternative aligner options for treatment that are just as good as Invisalign and can save you or the patient a lot of money. That being said, orthodontics isn’t […]
Premolar Extraction Patterns- upper bi’s vs 4bi’s
First of all, I want to preface this blog that I’ve avoided writing this blog because I am emphatically against premolar extractions for a zillion reasons. Most of the time it’s overkill and not necessary, especially with early intervention. That being said, I want to give my “rules” for extractions:1. Always, always get a ceph […]
How to Write a Schwartz Script
“please fabricate u/l schwartz with no occlusal acrylic, lab please pick best clasps” This is pretty standard for fixed if you want to archive the script for future patients. Only variation would be one of the following: 1. Please add anterior bite plate 2. Please add sagittal to distalize tooth _____ 3. Please add sagittal […]
How to Write a RPE Script
Ultimately this is pretty easy. Not too many variations.“please fabricate u/l fixed expander with buccal tubes”or “please fabricate u/l fixed expander”This is pretty standard for fixed if you want to archive the script for future patients.Only variation would be one of the following:1. Please solder anterior bite plate2. Please solder facemask hooks 3. Please solder tongue/thumb […]