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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

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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.

Continue reading 4 Common Myth conceptions about Orthodontics

Part 2: Baby Teeth and Braces-What Every Parent Needs To Know

Baby teeth and bracesWhat factors are important to consider when determining whether to remove the remaining primary teeth? If a patient’s overall development is delayed, the decision to remove the remaining baby teeth is determined by several factors.

1. I consider the patient’s age. If they are 14 or 15 years of age, I have no hesitation in recommending the remaining baby teeth be removed so that their orthodontic treatment is completed before they graduate from high school.

2. I examine the development of the roots of the unerupted adult teeth. If the root formation of these unerupted teeth is nearing completion but the associated baby teeth are not loose, extractions are advisable.

3. If the 12-year molars are partially or fully erupted but the baby teeth remain, I will usually recommend having the remaining primary teeth removed so that treatment can begin. Continue reading Part 2: Baby Teeth and Braces-What Every Parent Needs To Know

Part 1: Baby Teeth and Braces-What Every Parent Needs To Know

Dental BracesDon’t we have to wait for all the baby teeth to come out? When is the best time for my child to get braces?

These are very common questions ‘that parents ask me. The short answer is no, one does not have to wait for all the baby teeth to come out.

While it is true that a full set of braces is only complete when all the permanent teeth(including 2nd molars) erupt into the mouth (not including 3rd molars/wisdom teeth) that is not necessarily a reason to delay beginning orthodontic treatment. There are certain types of orthodontic problems when early intervention is beneficial; this is referred to as Two Phase treatment.

Two-Phase treatment is recommended in young patients typically between the ages of 7-10 years. When this particular set of problems are not addressed at an early age than the resolution of these problems becomes more challenging and may necessitate more aggressive treatment. At times, a child’s sense of self-esteem is adversely affected by the appearance of their teeth and so they would benefit from early care. Certain bite problems may cause the child’s teeth to be more susceptible to injury, so early treatment is advisable. Continue reading Part 1: Baby Teeth and Braces-What Every Parent Needs To Know

10 Early Orthodontic Warning Signs Every Parent Should Know

Oral HealthWhat Can Go Wrong at an Early Age?
As a parent, you may believe that you can look at your child and see if there is a problem with their bite. If the problem is very obvious, than perhaps it will be possible. However, in most instances it is prudent to rely on the trained eyes of a specialist to detect a problem. And this is why it is important for a child to see an orthodontist for an exam.

Here are some of the possible problems that can go wrong at an early age:

  • Thumb-sucking
  • Difficulty with chewing and/or biting
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Teeth that are crowded, misplaced, or have been blocked out
  • Upper and lower teeth that do not meet properly
  • Improper jaw alignment
  • Impacted teeth
  • Crossbites
  • Severe crowding, with stripping of the teeth through the gum tissue
  • Tongue thrusting and grinding or clenching of teeth Continue reading 10 Early Orthodontic Warning Signs Every Parent Should Know

Orthodontics, So Much More Than Just Straightening Teeth

Oral HealthWhen you hear the word orthodontist you probably think of the dental expert that has the proper skills and training to straighten teeth. That would certainly be true, but teeth alignment only represents a fraction of the valuable benefits that orthodontics can accomplish. There are two methods that the orthodontist may use to benefit a patient’s oral health. Either traditional braces that are attached to the teeth or removable clear aligners like Invisalign.

Malocclusions or “bad” bites come in different forms and alignment of these teeth can correct overbites and open bites as well as crossbite and underbites which will not only help your teeth to function better but also encourage you to show off your pearly whites. Orthodontics can have a powerful impact on your overall health by reducing pain, and even help improve the quality of your sleep. Continue reading Orthodontics, So Much More Than Just Straightening Teeth

Importance of Correcting Overbites

overbiteThe field of orthodontics is focused on creating proper tooth alignment and occlusion as well as obtaining ideal facial esthetics. One of the most common reasons patients seek orthodontic treatment is for overbite correction. An overbite is a relatively common type of malocclusion or tooth misalignment in which the upper teeth protrude too far over the bottom teeth.

Effects Of An Overbite
An overbite can cause several problems ranging from jaw function to the physical appearance of your teeth. Wearing of tooth enamel increases the chances of tooth decay and gum disease. Since the lower teeth undercut the upper ones, in some cases they cut into the upper gums and palate and cause major damage. A serious overbite can even change the physical appearance of your face. Continue reading Importance of Correcting Overbites

Advances in Metal Braces

metal-bracesThanks to today’s advances in orthodontic technology, orthodontists can provide patients with more options when it comes to wearing braces than ever before. While Invisalign braces present a number of advantages over traditional braces, the truth is Invisalign is not for everyone, and many patients must receive metal braces to achieve the straight teeth they desire.

New Technology In Metal Braces
Modern advancements in braces technology are changing how dentists help to treat teeth problems. These materials, many of which are used in computing technology and in outer space, can help to improve smiles without the use of a lot of metal. This not only improves the patients appearance, it also helps improve their self-esteem and the function of the braces. Continue reading Advances in Metal Braces

What Are the Benefits of Straight Teeth?

straight-teethBeautiful, healthy smiles can make a big impact on your life. A nice smile with straight teeth will improve how others perceive your personality and your attractiveness. People with bright, straight healthy teeth demonstrate high self-esteem and radiate confidence. Millions of adults, teens and children have improved their lives and their health by getting their teeth and their bites corrected.

Healthier Gums
Teeth that are straight and evenly spaced are a great benefit to your gums. If teeth are incorrectly spaced, your gums can become more easily inflamed or infected. Too much space can leave them more open and exposed to food and drink, while teeth that are too close can create areas that are difficult to clean with brushing and flossing, creating an almost protected space for bacteria to flourish. Continue reading What Are the Benefits of Straight Teeth?