We have been working to get the word out to the dental community regarding orthodontic treatment options involving lingual custom orthodontic appliances. These braces placed behind the teeth open new esthetic treatment options for patients as well as a powerful treatment alternatives for orthodontists.
We held a "Lunch and Learn" continuing education lecture Wednesday and Thursday this week.
Incognito Lunch and Learn
Getting out the word on the latest technology in orthodontics; custom braces behind the teeth
Setting up the power point presentation on Incognito braces behind the teeth. [img src=http://seattleorthodontist.com/wp-content/flagallery/incognito-lunch-and-learn/thumbs/thumbs_20130515_130106.jpg]00Teresa setting up the room
Teresa setting up the room for our presentation [img src=http://seattleorthodontist.com/wp-content/flagallery/incognito-lunch-and-learn/thumbs/thumbs_img_20130515_130417.jpg]00
[img src=http://seattleorthodontist.com/wp-content/flagallery/incognito-lunch-and-learn/thumbs/thumbs_img_20130516_122619.jpg]00Thai looks yummy
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Bianca ready to eat
We presented information about custom orthodontic appliance and Incognito braces behind the teeth to local dentists, hygienists and dental assistants and had a great time in the process. There is lots of great information about Incognito braces on many of our blog posts. You can find the blog at, http://seattleorthodontist.com/our-blog/ If you have any questions about either Incognito braces or conventional braces contact us at info@SeattleOrthodontist.com or through the "contact us" page at this web site. Dr Riolo will usually respond within hours.
Riolo orthodontics now has the ability to produce accurate digital models without messy PVS impressions using intraoral scanning. These digital impression serve as an initial record of the patient malocclusion, can be used to produce diagnostic digital setups as well as be used to order orthodontic appliances including custom Incognito braces behind the teeth.
More accurate—and more consistently accurate—than leading systems on the market, the powerful 3D-in-motion video technology delivers full arch scanning in phenomenal detail. We can display digital impressions immediately for analysis and treatment planning, with secure cloud-based storage of unlimited patient scans and access to open STL (three-dimensional) files that can be readily imported into a variety of digital workflows for increased office productivity and efficiency. These efficiencies translate to time savings and improved treatment outcomes for our patients.
We have the flexibility to work with any lab to produce the appliances most appropriate for our patients. When used to create customized Incognito™ System Appliances, the system provides seamless transfer of information to the Unitek™ Treatment Management Portal (TMP), enabling full case management and direct interaction with 3M Unitek resulting in considerable time saving and increase accuracy.
Riolo Orthodontics is working to stay on top of the new digital technology. We are number one provider of Incognito braces behind the teeth and now will be the only orthodontic provider in Seattle to offer these leading edge braces with the need for impressions to manufacture these custom braces.
Intraoral scanning technology is beginning to take off in orthodontics. As custom appliances such as Incognito braces and Invisalign become more popular, the use of intraoral scanners is becoming more widespread. We have been researching intraoral scanning technology for a couple of years and are poised to pull the trigger and an scanning system. The front running system at Riolo Orthodontics is the new scanner from 3M Unitek. This scanner will facilitate our ability to quickly and efficiently gather the data required for the manufacture of Incognito Braces.
Scanning provides precision, accuracy, and repeatability for impression taking. 3M Unitek's intraoral scanner represents the latest scanning technology; the scanning wand is contained in a small, ergonomic, lightweight, the size of a dental handpiece. The system also offers users the 3M™ Connection Center, which is built on a secure, cloud-based architecture that provides secure integrated connections to third-party systems. Open STL file format allows users to share scanned data efficiently. We are traveling to Philidelphia to the American Association of orthodontist meeting will likely return from this meeting with a scanning system in tow!
What is Orthodontics?
The term itself comes from two Greek words: “orthos,” which means right or correct and “odon,” which is the Greek word for tooth. Orthodontics is a “special kind” of dentistry involving the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The technical term for crooked, crowded or protruding teeth is “malocclusion,” which means “bad bite.” The practice of orthodontics involves the design, application, and control of corrective appliances, commonly called braces, to treat and correct these problems. An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has successfully completed at least two academic years of continuous advanced studies in an orthodontic program of a dental school or institution approved by the American Dental association. This advanced training includes such diverse studies as physics, embryology, genetics, human growth and development, cephalometrics, biophysics and mechanical engineering. Only dentists with this advanced education can announce that they are orthodontists.
Brief History of Orthodontics
Origins of today’s orthodontics extend back to the dental practices of ancient times. References to correcting irregularities of the teeth can found in the medical writings of ancient Rome and Greece. However, it wasn’t until about 1830 that a French dentist named Lefoulon began to call his work with crooked teeth “orthodontisie.” Around 1860 appliances used to move teeth were becoming more refined, but worked simple on individual teeth and there was no real attempt to correct the bite as a whole. Sometime around 1880 a system for classifying malocclusions and terminology for diagnosing specific orthodontic problems was developed by Dr. Edward Angle. Dr. Angle is generally considered the father of modern orthodontics which was the first dental specialty. In 1899 he founded a school in St. Louis, Missouri to teach orthodontics. A few years later Angle and others founded the American Society of Orthodontists, which later became known as The American Association of Orthodontists. By the mid-1920?s major colleges and universities throughout the country offered advanced training in orthodontics. By the 1970's the first attempts to straighten teeth from the lingual (behind the teeth) began to be popular with some orthodontists, especially in Europe and Japan. Today with the development of custom fixed appliance systems such as incognito, lingual orthodontics is a powerful tool capable of surpassing conventional bracket systems.