While the technology is relatively new (you can read about its history in our last blog), its use has become widespread. Even general dentists (with no post-graduate orthodontic credentials) have begun to provide Invisalign to their patients. This is only possible because the trays themselves are made off site—by the Invisalign Company—based on the company’s treatment plans. In this case, both the patient and the dentist must trust Invisalign to provide the best approach for the patient.
However at Smiles by Sutherland, patients can expect more.
Because Dr. Sutherland has been involved with Invisalign from the very early days, his expertise has actually changed the way orthodontic treatment plans are created, especially in the SBS office. Here is one exciting example.
Not so long ago, the orthodontic world believed that tooth movement could only safely occur "one tooth at a time." Practically speaking, this meant that when teeth in the back of the mouth needed to move backward (to make room for the front teeth to move backward too), that motion had to occur slowly, one tooth at a time.
|New Patient. Notice upper teeth (crowding, rotation, protruding) cover lower teeth.|
"Those patients sometimes had to wear more than eighty aligners in order to accomplish this much tooth movement. At two weeks per aligner, that accounts for almost three years of treatment," Dr. Sutherland explained in a recent interview.
It was too long for most patients.
|New Patient, lower jaw showing crowding and rotation of central teeth.|
With these and other adaptations to the aligners, Dr. Sutherland pioneered what is now called, "en-masse posterior distilization," a process which moves posterior teeth backward in blocks. The new technique allows 3-6 mm of movement in as little as six months, cutting total treatment time, in many cases by half.
New Invisalign processes have changed much of what was believed to be possible about orthodontic treatment. These nearly invisible aligners are now able to change the relationship of the upper jaw to the lower (moving the lower jaw forward). They can open the bit, allowing the lower teeth to become visible (rather than hidden by the upper teeth). They can even change the shape of the upper arch.
Since Dr. Ethan Larson joined Smiles By Sutherland, both he and Dr. Sutherland have continued to share and perfect these new techniques. While you'll never hear them boast, their commitment to efficient and innovative treatment plans have changed the way smiles are made these days. That kind of expertise isn't available just anywhere.
Smiles by Sutherland patients experience these benefits every single day!
|After Invisalign, the lower teeth in perfect alignmnet!|