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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.

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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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The Times, They Are a-Changin’

Orthodontic Practice USAs a pioneer in digital orthodontics, I was honored to be asked to write the introduction ​​to the April-May edition of the journal, Orthodontic Practice US​. Here is my perspective on the necessity of orthodontists embracing the latest technology if they are truly committed to elevating the standard of care for their patients.

As specialists, we lead. We lead in innovative diagnosis and therapeutics, implementation of state-of-the-art technology and, most importantly, quality of patient care. I say that as much as a reminder to myself as I do to my specialist colleagues. Because to paraphrase Bob Dylan’s song, “The times they are a-changing.”

So, what’s happening? In the most general sense, much of what we do clinically today involves digital technology, one way or another. From archwires to aligners, from lingual treatment to IDB, there is almost always a digital option for us to choose at every stage of treatment.

There is no question that these new technologies afford us expanding opportunities to deliver predictable and optimal outcomes through enhanced diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, achieving new levels of efficiency, predictability and precision.

As orthodontists, we tend to be creative and independent-minded as we seek better ways to care for our patients. Direct bonding was a major innovation not so long ago. Now virtually all of us do it. Esthetic brackets formed in plastic or ceramics have become standard, something that would have been hard to imagine in 1970. Wire formulations have become much more sophisticated–and continue to do so–giving us all a broader armamentarium in tooth movement. Even digitally-produced aligners, something many if not most of us resisted back in the day, have become a standard treatment option. Continue reading The Times, They Are a-Changin’

5 Ways Orthodontics Can Dramatically Change Your Life

Dental BracesOrthodontic care is all about the creation of beautiful smiles. So many people visit the orthodontist, both children and adults searching for the straight, pearly white smile of their dreams. One study revealed that nearly 3 out of 4 adults believe that a less than ideal smile could factor negatively on their career goals. It is uncertain whether this is actually true but certainly perception is reality. There are so many compelling reasons to visit your local orthodontist beyond the desire for a beautiful smile or facial esthetics. Orthodontics also provides important long-term health benefits as well

1. Healthier teeth. Not only will your smile be straighter, but it will also be healthier. Teeth that are not aligned properly make it so much more difficult to brush properly. Orthodontic treatment involves moving your teeth into their correct position thereby optimizing your ability to reach hard to reach tooth surfaces. With the help of a brush, dental floss or both you will be able to remove plaque that can build up along the gum line or on the surfaces of your teeth that could lead to cavities or gum disease. When teeth are improperly positioned they can also wear down prematurely and ultimately be lost. Continue reading 5 Ways Orthodontics Can Dramatically Change Your Life

Why Shopping for an Orthodontist is not like Buying a Toaster Oven

Dental HealthThere was a time, not so long ago when purchase decisions were based on quality. There was a good, better and best. Naturally, getting “the best” was more valuable and so commanded a higher price.

Today, we are bombarded with discount frenzy both online and in stores, where the lowest price drives purchasing decisions. Well, this “model” may make sense when it comes to a choice of buying two items that are pretty much the same, like toaster ovens or garden hoses. Buying the least expensive of the two is usually pretty reasonable. Such items that are interchangeable and have what appears to be equal value are called commodities. Continue reading Why Shopping for an Orthodontist is not like Buying a Toaster Oven