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Schwartz vs RPE- Which is better?

Should you pick a removable or fixed expander? Read more about expanders here: https://www.straightsmilesolutions.com/blog/rpe-2/ Benefits of Expanders in Phase 1 EARLY MIXED DENTITION: Develops the arches to the ideal width. Hypothetically speaking usually when the arches are developed in the early mixed dentition to the ideal width, the teeth tend to come in straight/straighter, there is […]

Easy Wire Sequence for Straightwire

Doctors often ask me about wire sequence for patients. It can be impossible to create a cookbook/cookie-cutter wire sequence but in general this is how I do it: 1. 14 niti (but sometimes you go go straight to 16 if not that crooked) Very rarely do I need to start with 12 niti. It is […]

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 […]

How to Optimize your Invisalign Doctor Locator Profile

It blows my mind how many of my www.straightsmilesolutions.com doctors don’t take the time to idealize and optimize their Invisalign Doctor Profile. If you want help, please visit www.straightsmilesolutions.com and click on “contact-us” to schedule a free call. This is a free, no-brainer, five-minute exercise that can get you referrals. Here are the steps to […]

Comprehensive, Limited and Phase 1 Treatment Explained!

Note- the following is the interpretation of codes and billing by Dr. Amanda Wilson and StraightSmile Solutions. Please consult your own dental practice act in your own state or country and the insurance company you are partnering with. For a 1:1 coaching session by Dr. Wilson to optimize orthodontics in your practice, please visit www.straightsmilesolutions.com […]

$15 White Label Aligners are Here!

Please join our webinar on January 9th to learn more! www.straightsmilesolutions.com/media Step #1- Send your impression to a lab to get your PVS impression digitized to a STL file. There are 2 labs that I use here: 1- The Orthodontic Lab 2. Specialty TOL is half the price of Specialty so let’s start there. Step […]