Archive for the ‘ Clear Aligners ’ Category

What is STOPPING General Dentists from doing MORE Invisalign and Clear Aligners?

I married a general dentist. We met at UCSF Dental School and we were in the same anatomy lab group. I always knew I was going to specialize. I was “gunner” (that’s what we called the high academic students back at UCSF in the 90’s). I was there for one reason only: to become an […]

Advanced Aligner Tricks and Tips for Ideal Outcomes

In 2002, when I was an orthodontic resident at the University of Connecticut, I snuck out of my residency program for a long weekend with the defense that I was “visiting family” for a so-called “family emergency” in San Francisco. Although I do indeed have family in the Bay Area, this was no crisis! Our […]

A Guide to Submitting Invisalign Refinements / Additional Aligners

I help doctors submit for refinements/ additional aligners every day. Here’s what I need to know first: 1. What aligner is the patient currently holding on? 2. Did you take new scan/impression? 3. Did you remove the old attachments before the impression?   Here’s a guide to doing it yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeZxTnM81AU&t=1506s   If you need […]

ACHIEVING EFFICIENT AND PROFITABLE ORTHODONTICS IN a GP PRACTICE

This article will bring to you relevant questions and answers that will reveal the pearls required for achieving efficient and profitable orthodontic practice in a GP Practice. Q. 1 What are the steps to take when incorporating orthodontics into a GP practice? There is no “one size fits all approach” to launching or scaling orthodontics […]

Dr. Amanda’s Guide to Invisalign Attachments and Auxiliaries

If you are a frequent reader of my blog (www.straightsmilesolutions.com/blog) or a subscriber of my YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/Straightsmilesolutionsortho), you’ve become accustomed to my tricks and tips on attachment and auxiliary design and placement. And you probably know that I think “optimized” attachments are mostly an over-hyped, proprietary feature of Align Technology. Below, I have compiled […]

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 […]

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 […]

$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 […]

10 Pearls and Hacks for Better Invisalign and ClearCorrect Outcomes

As an orthodontist, a dental space pundit and the “mama” of the DTC aligner movement, I am often asked for tricks and tips for better aligner outcomes. I have to admit, I am blessed with a bit of a photographic memory. This came in handy on the D.A.T. perceptual ability section, but it also is […]

Where to Invest in the Dental Space?

As an orthodontist, a dental space pundit and blogger, and the “mama” of the DTC aligner movement, I am often asked to predict future trends. Given my unprecedented experience within this space, I am uniquely qualified to answer these key questions: Would I invest in SmileDirectClub? Yes, I did, but I was smart and bought […]