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TECHNOLOGY
 

The Wand

If you ask someone what events in the dental appointment they hate, I am willing to bet "THE SHOT" will make the top three on most folks list.  However, forgoing the anesthetic part of the appointment would probably make number one on everyone's list.  How can we move the injection further down the list?

For about the past 15 years I have been using "The Wand" for all my injections.  (No, we haven't invented a pill yet.)  This is a computer assisted system that allows me to apply the anesthetic in a very gentle, slow-flowing manner.  Unlike the old style hypodermic syringe, I hold a very light pen-like hand piece that allows me precise placement, and a precision pumping system connected by a small tube that gently, slowly, and smoothly injects the anesthetic.  Yes, we still have to get it under the skin, but I have had dozens of patients ask me "Did you just give me a shot?"  I like that question.

Takes longer to do, but then I have never had a patient ask me to "Inject faster".

For more information about the Wand, visit http://www.thewand.com.

Intra-Oral Camera

Intraoral imaging gives you a detailed view of your mouth. Words come to life when you can see what we see. 

Visually transferring specific conditions in your mouth to a computer screen brings clarity simply not possible with a traditional mouth mirror. Specialized hand-held wands quickly capture the details of your teeth and gums. In fact, even small cracks that often lead to broken teeth appear vividly, just with the click of a button.  

As an added benefit, dental insurance benefits frequently pay easier with the visual proof of a captured image in our records.

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Itero

The restorations and appliances used to restore and protect your mouth involve high levels of customization.  Traditionally, hours of hand labor in a dental laboratory are invested in these precise products.  With the adoption of more technology into dentistry, digital imaging continues to grow in importance.

Most restorations begin with a mold of your mouth that involves messy impression materials. With the Itero Digital Scanner, you can say goodbye to the mess. Itero eliminates this step, replacing it with simple digital images captured with a handheld wand.  The images quickly appear on a computer monitor as 3-D models of your teeth.  Dr. Knudson reviews the enlarged detailed images, ensuring that the information meets the Beautiful Dentistry standard. 

With a simple click of the mouse, the files are instantly transferred via the internet to begin the process of designing your restoration or other prescribed treatment.  Reduced shipping time expedites the return of your case to our office while ensuring you receive all the advantages of digital impressions: 
 
•    NO messy impressions
•    INSTANT images for review
•    DETAILED reproduction for better outcomes
•    FASTER case completion
•    EXCEPTIONAL fitting restorations and appliances

We look forward to introducing you to the innovation of modern dentistry.  Itero provides one more reason to discover a different kind of dental experience at Beautiful Dentistry.

For more information about iTero, visit www.itero.com

OrthoPulse

"Can I speed up my Invisalign treatment by changing my aligners more frequently?"

"Yes" is the answer, but NOT WITHOUT SOME HELP.

Invisalign aligners and our treatment plans are based on your treatment being comfortable, effective, and in line with your body's normal biologic systems that create the changes in your bone that allows tooth movement to occur.  We don't say "22 hours a day for two weeks" just for fun.  There is science behind that standard for wear.  That is the optimal wear pattern that allows the cellular mediators of bone remodeling to do their job.  Wearing less than that risks loss of control and sets you up for additional aligners and prolonged treatment time.

So, how do we speed treatment without potentially messing things up?  What needs to happen is for those cellular components of movement to speed up their work.  Basically, we need to increase the number of osteoblasts and osteoclasts in the area and increase their individual activity – happier workers on the job.

How do we do that?  Well, that naturally happens in our bodies when we break a bone.  The body quickly increases these cells to help knit together the broken ends.  There are a couple of surgical techniques that essentially do the same thing in your jaw.  One involves punching holes in the bone between the teeth through the gums, the other involves actually laying back the gums and grooving the bone.

Sounds like fun, huh?

Well, for about 60 years, orthopedic surgeons (bone doctors) have been using a technique involving near- infrared light of a certain frequency (a natural component of sunlight that helps us feel warm) to stimulate the cells involved in knitting the broken bones.  For all your scientist types out there, this photon wavelength stimulates mitochondrial production of ATP (cell food) via cytochrome oxidase activation.  

Anyway, we now have a patented appliance designed to focus this light energy around your teeth and allow you to go from changing every two weeks to CHANGING ALIGNERS EVERY WEEK, cutting your treatment time in half.   Got a wedding coming up?  Going off to college?  Really crowded teeth and don't want to wear aligners for two years?  This is probably the answer for you.

 IT DOES NOT MEAN YOU CAN WEAR YOUR ALIGNERS HALF TIME DURING THE DAY AND CHANGE EVERY TWO WEEKS.  The process of bone change takes several hours to start up after you remove the pressure of the aligners for more than about an hour, so a start/stop/start/stop wear pattern will give you the same result -- longer treatment time, additional refinements, and a less predictable result.

The appliance, called an OrthoPulse, is patented and of course this means it has a bit of a price tag attached to it, but with our everyday lower pricing of complete treatment, you can add the OrthoPulse to your Invisalign treatment, cut your time in appliances in half, and still pay less than most offices charge for braces or Invisalign.  

You can visit the website of the manufacturer of the OrthoPulse at www.orthopulse.com for more information and photos of actual cases.