In 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
Instant 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.
Continue reading The Danger of Just A “Click Away” Orthodontics
What 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
Too many American adults are unhappy with their smile. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by the American Association of Orthodontics more than 1/3 of adults reported they didn’t like their smile. What better time than right now, to promise yourself or someone you love a beautiful new smile.
Let’s take a closer look at the details of this study of 1,000 U. S adults 18 years of age and older.
Facebook untagging. 48 percent of Americans 18-24 actually untagged a photo of themselves on Facebook because they didn’t like their smile. More than one third of those surveyed indicated that if their smiles were improved their social life would be better as well. Continue reading Does Your Smile Make You Happy?
When you need immediate care, we are here for you to keep that candy at bay during your treatment!
Orthodontic braces have changed significantly in size, material and design since they were invented over a century ago. Early braces were made of thin steel that was wrapped individually around each tooth, literally hugging the entire tooth. This is so different from today’s braces which are more discreet than ever, and are glued just to the front surface of the tooth. Today’s braces produce excellent results without being overly obvious during the corrective phase. If you are in search of an aesthetically appealing way of straightening your teeth, Dr. Mark Feinberg and our team at Feinberg Orthodontics provide multiple options to choose from, including lingual braces using SureSmile technology and clear aligners like Invisalign.
Clear aligners are sequential phase orthodontic devices designed for patients who need mild-to-moderate correction of crowded or crooked teeth and bite correction as well. This system includes a progression of clear custom designed trays that gradually shift the teeth into their targeted positions. Continue reading Cosmetic Orthodontics: Lingual Braces vs. Clear Aligners
When 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
Metal braces were once the only choice patients had to straighten their teeth, fix their bites and brighten their smiles. In the early1980’s clear braces were invented and at around that time braces behind the teeth were developed as well. These were the only choices a patient had until the turn of the 21st century, the year 2000. As an orthodontist,Dr. Feinberg attended the first series of seminars on Invisalign and over the course of time has become a highly skilled expert in Invisalign therapy. In the early days, just like in metal braces Invisalign therapy was limited in its applications and quite frankly was an inferior product. Now that the product has reached its current level of excellence we have confidently offered it as an option for our patients. Continue reading Is Invisalign the Right Choice for You?
Orthodontics: Smiles Are Our Specialty
In an age when we are seeing so many advances in the Health Sciences it is not surprising that Dental Medicine has also participated in this technological leap forward. In fact, our patients have always associated Feinberg Orthodontics with cutting edge orthodontic technology. Given the overwhelming amount of knowledge that is necessary to become a progressive general dentist how can a dentist also become an expert in orthodontics. Well, the short answer is that this is not possible. The reason that I am devoting this blog post to appreciating the difference between an orthodontic specialist and general dentist is because this is one of the more common questions that our patients ask us. In fact, the question is sometimes posed this way, “Dentists and orthodontists are all the same, right?” Continue reading Orthodontist Vs Dentist by Dr. F
Today orthodontic treatments are faster and more effective than before. Technological breakthroughs like self-ligating braces and clear aligners are more comfortable to wear, easier to care for, and best of all, require shorter treatment times and less visits for adjustments.
SureSmile braces work by applying a gentle, continuous force to align your teeth into the proper position to correct any imperfections and help you achieve the smile you always wanted. SureSmile braces do not require any elastic bands, which require fewer appointments with faster treatment time and are easier to clean and less noticeable than the traditional metal braces. SureSmile braces are up to three times smaller than traditional braces. Continue reading Today’s Orthodontic Treatment: Faster and More Comfortable
The 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