April 29th, 2017
Here is a teen that I treated with Invisalign by extracting his upper left first molar #14 which had a stainless steel crown which his dentist placed due to a very large filling and a deep cavity. Crowns on teeth are expensive and need to be replaced a number of times over a lifetime and frequently need root canals. Rather than keep this tooth which was compromised, we decided to extract it and keep his wisdom tooth which had no cavities. We gave the teenager a handsome smile and a much better lifetime of dental health. We closed the extraction space with Invisalign trays and his wisdom tooth is erupting.
April 26th, 2017
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December 17th, 2016
This young lady was concerned about her crowded teeth and upper midline that shifted to the left due to a missing upper left back tooth. We aligned her teeth and corrected her midline. We decided to maintain her rotated back teeth because aligning them would have opened a back space. With Invisalign, I am able to program the tooth movement or lack of tooth movement that I want.
April 10th, 2016
A posterior crossbite is a common malocclusion among patients. This means that the upper jaw is too narrow, lower jaw is too wide or both. An orthodontist is a specialist with 2 years of additional training over a general dentist and has the skills needed to determine the correct mechanics to correct this problem. Many orthodontists use a rapid palatal expander (RPE) to correct crossbites on many of their cases. These work well but are very bulky appliances which split the palatal bone and need to remain in place for six to twelve months. Although this appliance works, there are other ways to correct crossbites in many patients using braces alone with the knowledge of moments, forces and vectors. Remember physics? This is a patient that I treated back in 2010 without an expander. Notice how much wider his upper jaw is. Also his midlines are now perfect. If you have been told that you or your child need an expander you may be able to be treated without one. Let us know if we can help.