Davis Orthodontics - Incognito, Invisalign, Braces

CT SCANS. ARE THEY REALLY NECESSARY?

Vanderbilt Logo**Editor's Note: We're back! We got a little busy taking care of our wonderful patients, but we are excited to bring you some interesting content, features, opinions, bad jokes, and updates from our office!

CT Scans. Generally speaking, these scans do not bring about a positive thought because typically if you need one, something is not quite right. Thankfully in Orthodontics, we use CT Scans to look for impacted teeth, extra teeth, bone levels, and a few other minor occurrences.

A question I am starting to receive more and more is "Why don't you take CT scan so you can fully diagnose me?" Fair question, and one that I've contemplated myself many times. Can a CT scan really help me diagnose a patient better. Like the answer to many other questions, the answer is yes AND no. Let's dissect this a little bit more.

In Orthodontics and dentistry in general, Computed Tomography(CT) is limited primarily to the use of a Cone Beam CT machine. These machines have the ability the create an image of the exact area you need to see. It's amazing technology, and has helped me diagnose some specific problems really well. So, why don't I use it all the time, on every patient? The answer, primarily is, radiation.

A typical New Patient in our office has a Panoramic(Around the Head) and Lateral Cephalometric(Side) X-ray taken at the first visit. The combined radiation of these two x-rays is minimal, and certainly less than a targeted CBCT Scan. Our philosophy is that, if one of the x-rays shows something abnormal(i.e. an impacted or stuck tooth), then it is prudent to recommend a CBCT Scan to properly diagnose. We do not believe that a CT scan is necessary on every patient. That philosophy also follows along with the recommendation of the American Association of Orthodontists and American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologists. If you would like to dig into the weeds, their 2013 Report, which was co-written by one of my professors at Louisville, Dr. Bill Scarfe, is linked here.

The takeaway here is that the use of X-rays in our office is done on an individual basis based on clinical observation. As the technology improves on CBCT and the radiation dosage comes down, it is certainly possible in the future to see more of these scans be done more regularly.

AROUND THE OFFICE.....

  1. We are wrapping up our Mother's Day Contest. The entries have been fantastic and we can't wait to announce our winner next week!
  2. The Simpsonville Office continues move along nicely. We are anticipating a transition date within the first two weeks of June.
  3. Invisalign Month has been extended! It's not too late to take advantage of $1000 off Invisalign during the month of May

WHAT WE'RE READING.....

Courtney Dunn nails it with this take on how transfer patients should be handled. We wholeheartedly agree with her take. When you move, it's stressful, we're here to make the orthodontics side easy.

Greg Jorgensen answers the question: "Why Aren't My Child's Permanent Teeth Coming In?"

13 Stripes Brewery, co-owned by a great family in our practice, opens this weekend at Taylors Mill

 

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT DR. BUDDY IS A PROFESSOR TOO?

Vanderbilt LogoRecently, Dr. Buddy received a faculty appointment to become an Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthodontics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Once a month, Dr. Buddy travels to Nashville, TN to teach in the Orthodontic Residency Program at Vanderbilt. While he instructs the residents in all aspects of clinical orthodontics, he more specifically helps them out with treating Invisalign patients, Hidden Braces/Lingual Patients, and also teaches the residents about practice management. Dr. Buddy has a passion for teaching others and is excited to get to share his knowledge with future orthodontists. Being a professor also let's Dr. Buddy stay up to date on the most recent orthodontic research and technology, so he can share these exciting new techniques with his patients.

 

WE ARE HEADED TO NEW ORLEANS!

Orthodontics - New OrleansThe Davis Orthodontics team is headed to New Orleans for the Annual Session of the American Association of Orthodontists this Friday through Monday. We are all excited to learn about new techniques and products while also sharing fellowship with our fellow colleagues.

Follow our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for updates on our trip!

Incognito Lite vs. Incognito Full:
Which is the best option for you?

Incognito Lite vs. Incognito FullDid you know that the Incognito Hidden Braces system features two different options for treatment? One of the most common questions we receive during a Hidden Braces consultation is "Am I a candidate for Incognito Lite?". This is a great question and one that we can happily answer during the consultation. Let's look at the differences between the two options and the criteria that Dr. Buddy uses to determine which works best for each individual patient.

Incognito Full

Incognito Full typically entails placing a custom Incognito bracket on each of the teeth on the upper and lower arches. Incognito Full is typically used in patients that require more significant mechanics such as, but not limited to, overbite or underbite correction, crossbite, or impacted teeth. The great thing about Incognito Full is it allows us to treat any patient with any type of orthodontic problem.

Incognito Lite

Incognito Lite is an option we use for patients who come to use with mild to moderate crowding of their front or anterior teeth. Typically these patients do not have a bite problem, they just simply want to align their front teeth. If possible, we try to offer this option to all of our patients who would be eligible for the Lite option. With Incognito Lite, we place typically place custom Incognito braces on the front 6-8 teeth in each arch. We find that our patients love the Lite option because it eliminates the need for braces on the back or posterior teeth, allowing them to adjust to the braces faster.

Regardless of the option, both Lite and Full are tremendous cosmetic options for both Teens and Adults. To find out which option works best for you, contact us to set up your complimentary consultation.

HAVE YOU CONSIDERED LINGUAL BRACES AS A TREATMENT OPTION?

Lingual BracesTechnology in our specialty of orthodontics has evolved significantly in the past 10 years. Lower profile braces, new wires that allow teeth to move more efficiently, Invisalign, digital x-rays and lasers are just a few of the new technologies that have been implemented over the past several years.

One would argue that the technology that has been most revolutionary over the past 5 years has been lingual braces. Lingual braces are a treatment option where custom made braces are placed on the back of the teeth in order to maximize esthetics. Lingual braces are a great treatment option for teens and adults who want to maximize esthetics while achieving the best result possible.

At Davis Orthodontics, we are proud to be the largest provider of Incognito Lingual Braces in the Upstate. Dr. Buddy's expertise with lingual braces is unmatched, and he is excited to provide this great treatment option to his patients.

Over the next several months we will be starting a series of blog posts that take an in-depth look in to lingual braces. Some of the topics we will discuss are the types of lingual braces, the technology behind them, costs and insurance, advantages and disadvantages compared to other treatment options and life with lingual braces. Stay tuned to future blog posts, but in the meantime check out the Incognito page on our website and also Incognito Customer site to learn more.

LIFE WITH BRACES

Learn what to expect and how to take good care of them.

CONTACT US

The first step toward achieving a beautiful, healthy smile is to schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment with our Greer, and Simpsonville SC orthodontist, please complete and submit the request form below. Our scheduling coordinator will contact you soon to confirm your appointment.

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GREER

     150 Sage Creek Way Greer, SC 29650
(864) 801-3500

SIMPSONVILLE

     630 NE Main St Simpsonville, SC 29681
(864) 967-0053

Our orthodontist serves patients in the Greer, Simpsonville, Fountain Inn, Mauldin, Blue Ridge, Spartanburg, Greenville, Victor Mills, Taylors, SC communities.