Evidence-based orthodontics

Orthodontics and Evidence-Based Care

What is evidence-based care? The concept of evidence-based care was pioneered by British epidemiologist Archie Cochrane in the early 1970’s, based upon the underlying principle that treatment offered to patients should be proven to be effective. He and his colleagues devised standards for proper scientific studies, with the gold standard being the Randomized Controlled Trial. Ultimately, […]

Bellevue Invisalign smile

Bellevue Invisalign: An insider’s guide

Why should Schur Orthodontics be your Bellevue Invisalign practice? Because Schur Orthodontics meets all of prime selection criteria: Invisalign treatment is really just another form of orthodontic treatment, and Dr. Jeffrey Schur is a UW-trained orthodontic specialist who has dedicated his career to the finer points of tooth movement, including bite function and esthetics. Experience: Dr. […]

Facial pain, TMD, TMJ

TMD: Bellevue Orthodontist On Facial & TMJ Pain

What is TMD? The temporomandibular joints, commonly referred to as TMJs, are the joints where your jaw connects with the temporal bones of your skull. Discomfort and problems associated with your jaw and the muscles that control it is referred to as temporomandibularjoint disorder, or TMD. There is no one cause of TMD, but there are multiple factors […]

Joe Piscatella Healthy Heart

Practical Guide To A Healthy Heart

My dental study club held its annual continuing education retreat last weekend. This year we decided to stray from dental topics and set our sights on quality of life issues, including general health. One of our speakers was Joe Piscatella, a well-published author and entertaining proponent of a healthy heart lifestyle. Joe underwent coronary bypass […]

Safety of orthodontic appliances

Safety of Orthodontic Appliances

Why do I bring up safety of orthodontic appliances? Safety of orthodontic treatment and appliances is our main concern. There’s a movement in the dental laboratory world to require that patients be informed of foreign-made restorations, such as crowns and veneers. Some U.S. labs have their restorations made overseas, and that may mean that they’re not […]


An Introduction To TMJ

Dentists often hear people tell them that they “have TMJ.” The truth is, everyone has two! TMJ is the name of your jaw joints, not a condition. It stands for temporomandibular joint. When a TMJ is painful or not functioning properly, the condition is known as TMD, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction (or disorder). In this post […]