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How Does Aligner Technology Work?

What is aligner technology? Aligner technology is an alternative to orthodontic braces. Invisalign is one example of this technology. They are clear, thin plastic shells that move teeth in small increments when worn consistently. Instead of braces that are attached to the teeth, aligners are removable, and are changed at intervals of 7-14 days. They […]

Impacted upper canines and self-correction

Treatment for Impacted Teeth – Upper Canines

We often hear about impacted teeth, but most patients are not sure what it really means. We will discuss what an impacted upper canine is, why treatment is important, and treatment options available to correct it. What’s an impacted upper canine? An impacted canine is essentially one that is oriented so that it cannot erupt […]

Invisalign clear aligners alternative to braces

“I’ve Been Told I’m Not A Candidate For Invisalign”

How Invisalign Works: Invisalign is an alternative to braces that uses a series of plastic aligners to move teeth. We start with a virtual model of your teeth, and then program individual movements, in small increments, until an ideal virtual bite is achieved. We then plan what is called “overtreatment”, which exaggerates certain movements to […]

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How Clear Aligners Can Enhance Dental Treatment

Clear aligners: what role do they play in cosmetic dental treatment? Please observe the above picture. Notice that the second upper tooth to the patient’s right, the lateral incisor, is positioned behind the lower teeth, in “crossbite”. I drew an orange line showing the gum levels of the two middle teeth, the central incisors. Ideally […]

Space: the final frontier

Space: The Final Frontier In Children’s Orthodontics

Space: a key consideration in a child’s developing bite. Space refers to the amount of room available for teeth in each jaw. When there’s too little, we refer to that as crowding or as an arch length deficiency. This can be deceiving when kids are losing primary teeth and are in the process of having new permanent teeth […]

Dr. Schur with patient during initial orthodontic evaluation visit.

About Your Initial Orthodontic Evaluation Visit

The purpose of the initial orthodontic evaluation appointment is to: Get to know the orthodontic team and for them to get to know you. Learn whether orthodontic treatment would be beneficial, and if so, how. Learn about potential treatment options, treatment duration, and cost. Determine whether you are comfortable with the orthodontist, the staff, practice culture and atmosphere, and […]

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Is It Necessary To Remove Teeth For Braces?

A note about extractions in orthodontics It is the goal of orthodontists to achieve a healthy, stable bite and pleasing smile in a conservative and comfortable manner. In most cases this can be achieved without the need to remove teeth. In other cases, there are compelling reasons to remove teeth for braces, and in such cases the pros and […]

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Financial Strategies For Orthodontic Treatment

Paying for orthodontic treatment–what are the main financial resources? There are generally four financial resources for orthodontic treatment: Insurance Employer-sponsored pre-tax plans such as Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts Out-of-pocket funds Third party financing Financial strategies for optimizing your purchasing power Insurance  Orthodontic insurance typically pays 50% of incurred charges up to a lifetime […]