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4 Things You Need To Know About Orthodontics From Your Top Rated Orthodontist In Shelton, CT

Smiling Woman With White Teeth Holding Teeth InvisalignIt’s so important to have a clear understanding of orthodontics if and when you are considering starting your journey to a beautiful smile. You would be amazed at some of the beliefs that people have about the entire orthodontics and braces experience. So, in the spirit of accuracy let’s take a look at some common misconceptions.

First off, at Mark Feinberg Orthodontics we offer orthodontic care that will make your orthodontic experience easier, faster and more comfortable than most other practices in Connecticut. That’s a pretty big claim but our patients will and have testified to that, please read our amazing Google reviews.

At Mark Feinberg Orthodontics serving Shelton, Stratford, Monroe, Trumbull, and all surrounding communities, we specialize in braces and aligner therapy like Invisalign and SureSmile. We help our family of patients better understand their options and provide an accurate overview of all concerns in regards to orthodontics. Learn more about the facts surrounding orthodontic care and treatment by contacting us at www.feinsmiles.com/contact-us/

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Selecting The Right Orthodontist

Best OrthodontistChoosing an orthodontist in your area can seem like a daunting task, but in the Southwestern Connecticut area, Mark Feinberg Orthodontics is the best choice for you, a loved one, or a friend. Dr. Feinberg has a wealth of experience, having successfully treated more than 9,000 patients. He has developed skill sets in all aspects of orthodontics and is able to perform all types of orthodontic procedures including, surgical orthodontics, lingual orthodontics, and removable aligner therapy. Our office environment, located at Scinto Towers Corporate Park in Shelton, CT is comfortable and quite beautiful as well.

Some Questions You Might Ask

How much experience do they have? While newly accredited orthodontists are often very skilled, many people choose to see a specialist with more experience. How long has this doctor been in practice? What is his or her success rate? Where did he or she receive his or her training? These are all critical things to ask the office when you call to set up a consultation. Continue reading Selecting The Right Orthodontist

THE X FACTOR

Dental Cleaning with OrthodonticsIn virtually every field, a combination of integrity, skill and experience are essential to ensuring competence and ultimately successful outcomes. We’ll visit the medical profession to illustrate the importance of experience in providing optimal care. We will assume a level playing field for all the other qualities previously described. In our dramatic example, you are suffering from cardiac blockage and require heart bypass surgery. All things being equal re: cardiologist’s integrity and skill… you have a choice of docs. The first doc just completed his/her fellowship training and the second has already successfully performed 100’s of bypass surgeries. Would you choose the 1st doc or the 2nd doc? If I were making the decision, it would be the 2nd doc in a “heartbeat”!

Orthodontic Specialty Programs

In orthodontic specialty programs, skill is measured and is a prerequisite to graduating and being awarded a specialty certification. Experience however is another thing altogether. Continue reading THE X FACTOR

The Danger of Just A “Click Away” Orthodontics

Dental AlignersInstant gratification is just a click away. Dancing across your cell phone screen is an app for just about anything…or at least it would seem that way. With a click you can order a soccer ball, supplies for your home, and even groceries. In fact if you have a yen for Chinese food, it too must be just a click away. Watching your favorite movie from your comfiest couch is also a mere purchase away and is viewable whenever the spirit moves you. Need a ride? Open up the Uber app and your limo awaits. We’ve become so dependent and programmed that there is an easy fix for everything that sometimes we come to believe and expect that all we encounter in life should be served up immediately on a silver platter.

If you have a medical problem is it wise to use WebMD as a substitute for your doctor actually performing an examination or providing his/her expertise? Allow me to answer, if you have any common sense you’ll visit your doctor rather than relying on a website for advice and guidance.

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Part 2: Hybrid Orthodontic Treatment – When Aligners Alone Are Not Enough

When Aligners Alone Are Not Enough
In part 1 of this 2 part series on Hybrid Orthodontic treatment, I discussed some of the failings of aligner therapy. As in all medical/dental related areas the most critical step in care begins with an accurate diagnosis. Namely, what is the nature of the clinical problem. Once that is determined, a plan to address the problem can be created. The key is to create an excellent plan. Not all plans are created equal, therefore creating the appropriate treatment care plan is the key to delivering the desired outcome and achieving an excellent result.

This is where the skill sets and experience of the doctor(an orthodontic specialist) are so important(stay tuned, I will explore this in more detail in a future blog post).

Hybrid Therapy and You
Today our focus will be specifically on the tooth aligning limitation of aligners and how we have developed a unique protocol called Hybrid Therapy(attribution to Dr. Peter Kierl in Oklahoma)that has been designed to overcome those limitations.

Let’s look at a couple of clinical examples that demonstrate the limitations of aligners and how we solve them to ensure a great result; smile and bite perfection. Continue reading Part 2: Hybrid Orthodontic Treatment – When Aligners Alone Are Not Enough

Part 1: When Aligner Therapy Alone Doesn’t Cut The Mustard

InvisalignWhat Does Invisalign Aligners do?

Unless you have been living under a rock or even on a desert island like Tom Hanks in Castaway, you have probably heard about Invisalign aligners. Align is the manufacturer of Invisalign and has spent an enormous amount of money marketing directly to consumers effectively bypassing doctors. This strategy has been very effective for increasing the profits of Align as a corporation but in too many situations has fallen short in terms of patient outcomes. In our practice alone we see about about one unhappy patient a month that has received substandard aligner care. This care typically is delivered by a general dentist or by a do it yourself(DIY) “aka Smile Club” without any doctor oversight.

There is some good news in all of this. First the good news, it has brought more consumers in to the orthodontic marketplace to seek out orthodontic care. The bad news is that Align has masterfully brainwashed the public on the virtues of clear aligner therapy. It is always a dangerous thing when a company is driving care not the health care practitioner. This is certainly not in the best interests of the patient. Continue reading Part 1: When Aligner Therapy Alone Doesn’t Cut The Mustard

Part 2: The Robots On Our Team Will Make You Smile

Feinsmile's RobotsThe next stage of the Suresmile process is to capture a three-dimensional scan of the patient’s teeth. This can be done with either a very accurate 3D x-ray machine or an optical scanner called the Orascanner. This digital “impression” is then electronically forwarded to the technicians at Suresmile.

Once the digital lab at Suresmile determines that the scan information is accurate, they pass it along to the modeling team (step two). These technicians convert the scan data into a digital model that has separate, movable teeth.

In the third step, the orthodontist prescribes the final position of each tooth either by moving the teeth himself with a mouse or through very detailed instructions to the digital lab. Dr. Feinberg as the orthodontist alone determines the diagnosis, treatment plan, and biomechanics and physics necessary to move the teeth to their optimum positions. A 3-D model of your teeth allows us to analyze your bite from every possible angle. Continue reading Part 2: The Robots On Our Team Will Make You Smile

Part 1: The Robots On Our Team Will Make You Smile

SuresmileWhat if I told you there is really an orthodontic technology that could straighten your teeth and align your bite both faster and with greater accuracy than traditional braces, and oh yes more comfortably as well… wouldn’t you want to have your smile treated with this technology.

And by the way, wouldn’t you want your orthodontist to be skilled and have access to this technology as well. Predictably, most of you would say of course… sign me up for the high tech braces approach.  Well, as most members of our Shelton/Trumbull/Stratford community know, Feinberg Orthodontics is the only practice in Southwestern Connecticut that provides this powerful orthodontic technology. Since 2004, we are proud that 1000’s of our patients have benefited from this technology known as Suresmile. In fact, we are the 37th practice in the world to have mastered and implemented SureSmile in our practice. Today there are more than 450 extremely progressive  practices around the world that utilize this approach to care. Rather than using a pair of pliers to perform wire bending we use a computer mouse.

So, what exactly is Suresmile and how does it work?

Similar to Lasik eye surgery, Suresmile uses computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) to accomplish the wire bending phase of orthodontic treatment allowing results to be delivered more accurately, more comfortably, and 33% faster. That’s correct, at least 1/3rd less treatment time than conventional braces with better quality outcomes as published in numerous orthodontic scientific journals. (Please feel free to request your copy of one of these articles or go to the links on our website www.feinsmiles.com/journalpublications/) Continue reading Part 1: The Robots On Our Team Will Make You Smile

4 Common Myth conceptions about Orthodontics

Orthodontics

Are you interested in fixing your smile? But you’re concerned that braces may not look particularly appealing, are too expensive, too painful and will be on for what seems like an eternity. Let me put your mind at rest. Our team at Mark Feinberg Orthodontics offers advanced orthodontic care technology that will make your experience easier, faster, and more comfortable than ever before. During a consultation appointment, the orthodontic specialist,who is uniquely educated in all forms of tooth and jaw movements can help provide patients an accurate analysis of their best treatment options. The patients needs and concerns are of primary importance in the decision making process. The optimal treatment plan may involve various alternatives. Either Invisalign/clear aligner therapy or different types of fixed appliances/braces are possibilities. Feel free to inquire or request a copy of Dr. Mark Feinberg’s special booklets on orthodontic care.

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Holy Guacamole, Something’s Missing!

Permanent Tooth MissingIn previous blog posts we have discussed various reasons for visiting an orthodontist as recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) no later than the age of 7. Which brings us to today’s blog topic…all you wanted to know about missing teeth and more but didn’t know what to ask. Our discussion will be limited to teeth that are missing not as a result of them being removed or lost due to disease or from an accident but rather as a result of never having developed. This condition know as Hypodontia (missing one to six teeth) is characterized by a primary tooth having no replacement by a permanent tooth. There is a genetic tendency for this condition to occur and the technical description is congenital absence of permanent teeth.

A bit of background, excluding wisdom teeth(3rd molars), Hypodontia occurs in 3-8% of the population. The most common missing tooth is the wisdom tooth followed by congenital absence of the lower 2nd premolars. The upper lateral incisors, which are the teeth on either side of the two centered upper front teeth, are the third most commonly missing tooth and occurs in approximately 2% of the population. This may affect one or both upper lateral incisor teeth.

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