Posts Tagged ‘ Invisalign ’
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Retainers for Life- The Branded Orthodontic Aftercare Opportunity
There has been a lot of interest about orthodontic aftercare opportunities. Below is a summary about Retainers for Life, one of the corporate, branded orthodontic aftercare opportunities. Note, that my emails and attempts to contact the owners of this company were unsuccessful after several months so these notes are based on what I understood from […]
Night Time Aligners- Do they Work?
Contrary to Align Technology’s claims, aligners are NOT invisible. Attachments and precision cuts can be very unsightly and often patients are looking for a night-time only aligner. Buyer be warned, though. The elusive “night time only” aligner is more of a myth or legend than an actual clinical fact. That said, an important trade-off to […]
Is our Dental Profession’s Passive Attitude Towards the Corona-Closure Justifying the SDC Business Model?
“Yes Ma’am Can I Have Another? Passive Dentist Professional’s Attitude Towards COVID-Closure The Impact of Coronavirus on Dentists The novel coronavirus has infected millions of people across the globe and this pandemic has left all dentistry practice around the world go for a toss. Only a few states have allowed dental offices to be kept […]