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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