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by drleonsu
Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: ClinCheck final results shows flaring out
Replies: 4
Views: 1170

Re: ClinCheck final results shows flaring out

Hi chingInc, I don't want to get too clinically involved because that may lead you alter your doctor's treatment, or your commitment to the treatment. Also your doctor may not like someone from an online message board to affect what he's doing...so I'm just going to provide some information for you ...
by drleonsu
Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: What to expect with ClinCheck appointment?
Replies: 9
Views: 1365

Re: What to expect with ClinCheck appointment?

As a patient, make sure the tray is "tracking", meaning that the trays fit over the teeth intimately. There will be attachments that we place on the teeth to enable better control over teeth. You will see them as tooth colored bumps on your teeth. Make sure that these attachments are all there and t...
by drleonsu
Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: What to expect with ClinCheck appointment?
Replies: 9
Views: 1365

Re: What to expect with ClinCheck appointment?

Before Invisalign aligners are manufactured, doctors review and approve the tooth movements on the ClinCheck. So the ClinCheck is what the doctor considers will deliver the best outcome for the patient. Some doctors like to show the clincheck to patients, some don't. I personally don't because the c...
by drleonsu
Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:22 pm
Forum: Parents of Kids in Braces
Topic: Rapid Expander or Quad Helix for Child With Possible Apnea?
Replies: 1
Views: 1668

Re: Rapid Expander or Quad Helix for Child With Possible Apnea?

Hi, sorry I just saw your post. You may have already decided for your son on which appliance to use, but I hope this is good information for everyone else. As far as the effectiveness in widening the arch, current research sees both slow expansion and rapid expansion achieving similar results with i...
by drleonsu
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Parents of Kids in Braces
Topic: Damon or Regular Braces?
Replies: 15
Views: 40201

Re: Damon or Regular Braces?

Damon brackets are just as good as regular brackets, but the same is true the other way around. It really depends on the skill of the doctor. Damon brackets belongs in the self-ligating type of brackets, which has a door that closes down to keep the wire in the bracket. Because of that, it ensures t...
by drleonsu
Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:49 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Massive problems with teeth sensitivity - can they stand IPR?
Replies: 11
Views: 1286

Re: Massive problems with teeth sensitivity - can they stand IPR?

Hi,

It sounds like having an extraction would be the best way to go. May I ask what is the reason for you to be against that treatment option and would consider doing 0.5mm IPR on multiple, thin enameled teeth?

Thanks
by drleonsu
Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Invisalign-type Braces (Clear Aligners)
Topic: Open bite relapse prevention
Replies: 2
Views: 1040

Re: Open bite relapse prevention

Hi, I agree w/ Dr. Tam. Also check to see if the trays are trimmed short. Invisalign usually covers all of the teeth, and that would help with your vertical dimension. If your retainer is cut short, then you don't get too much intrusion in the back teeth. Like Dr. Tam recommended, wearing it more of...
by drleonsu
Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Our Braces Stories
Topic: Are my teeth getting worse??
Replies: 3
Views: 733

Re: Are my teeth getting worse??

Hi, Powerchain will close space but it will also make the arch narrow. Imagine the powerchain goes around your arch and it's now in a half circle. There will be an inward and upward force on the arch. It's great to close space with it but not too great if you have it on for a long time, unless you h...
by drleonsu
Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: new member: I am an orthodontist.
Replies: 10
Views: 1096

Re: new member: I am an orthodontist.

Sure. Do I just start a new topic and if it goes well the admin will make it sticky?
by drleonsu
Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: new member: I am an orthodontist.
Replies: 10
Views: 1096

Re: new member: I am an orthodontist.

Hi, I actually practice in the New York and New Jersey area. Let me give you my background. I grew up in Orange County, CA, and my parents and siblings are there. I went to New York University for my dental degree and got my orthodontic specialty in New Jersey. I met my wife in the New York City and...
by drleonsu
Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:01 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Triangle elastics and stepping teeth down
Replies: 1
Views: 463

Re: Triangle elastics and stepping teeth down

Hi I am an orthodontist. To answer your question the wire bend would look like this: -----_____---- , where the underlined part is the wire being bent down like a downward step, followed by an upward step so that the wire would be back to the same height . If I want a tooth or a set of teeth to step...
by drleonsu
Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: new member: I am an orthodontist.
Replies: 10
Views: 1096

new member: I am an orthodontist.

Hi, I am an orthodontist and I stumbled over this message board. I see a lot of people asking questions and sharing their experience about orthodontics. I couldn't help my self from registering and try to be a good resource for this group. I am a board certified orthodontist and it's my duty to help...