Invisible braces Seattle

“Do It Yourself” orthodontics?

The public should be wary of two companies, SmileCareClub and CrystalBraces, that are now offering orthodontic aligners for adults and older teenagers.  Unlike products like “Invisalign” that use used under the supervision of a dental professional these aligners attempt to straighten their teeth at home with the assistance of a customer representative rather than a prescribing dental professional;  this company representative has never actually examined the “customer”.  There is great potential to do harm up to and including the loss of teeth by attempting orthodontic tooth movement without the supervision of a dental professional.

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Orthodontic questions and answers with Dr Riolo

What are custom orthodontic appliances?

Custom orthodontic appliances are made specifically for a single individual; these appliances are “programmed” to straighten a specific individuals teeth and therefore will not work for any other patient.  There are many types of custom appliances, these appliances are customized in different ways.  In some cases only the bracket (like the Insignia bracket system) is customized, in others only the wires are customized (such as the Suresmile system), while the Incognito system customizes both the bracket and the wires.  These appliances are fabricated and pre-programmed to move the teeth in the predetermined position.  There are also removable custom appliances like Invisalign where clear trays are fabricated to fit a single individual and these tray are fabricated to move that persons teeth into a predetermined position.Read more on Orthodontic questions and answers with Dr Riolo…

Seattle orthodontist patients’ guide to Invisalign

Does Invisalign work?

Yes, but the answer is complicated. Invisalign is a custom orthodontic appliance that is innovative and technically sophisticated. This appliance can be a powerful tool in well trained experienced hands

Invisalign is a commercial product that is marketed directly to the public. This marketing leads many patients to believe that any orthodontic problem can be treated using Invisalign. Invisalign technology is also heavily marketed to both orthodontists and general dentists under the mistaken belief that the computer-programed used to generate Invisalign treatment is sufficiently sophisticated to produce satisfactory orthodontic treatment results without significant doctor modification. This has not proven to be true and there are a number of reasons why:Read more on Seattle orthodontist patients’ guide to Invisalign…

What is Wilckodontics® and the PAOO Procedure?

If you’re considering braces but worry about the time you will have to spend in braces; there are treatment options for you! By combining oral surgery with traditional braces, your orthodontic treatment can be completed quicker than you’ve ever imagined. Riolo Orthodontics offers Periodontally Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics(PAOO) also known as Wilkodontics. Drs Riolo and Bayirli can help you achieve your smile goals in months rather than years!Read more on What is Wilckodontics® and the PAOO Procedure?…