Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Why go to an orthodontic specialist instead of a general dentist?

“Anyone can straighten teeth, right?” 
“My dentist offers Invisalign.”
“I can order clear aligners online, take my own impressions at home, and straighten my own teeth!”

Specialists exist in all categories of medicine.  Take, for example, a cardiologist.  A cardiologist is specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of problems related to your heart.  If you, or someone you know, is having heart-related problems, then logically you want that problem treated by the best person available-the cardiologist.
Now, let’s take this one step further.  When you were describing your concerns to your general-practice physician he or she said that they have access to some new techniques that allow them to treat your heart, or perform your surgery, at a lower cost than the cardiologist.  Do you agree to treatment with the general-practice physician to save some money, or do you ask to be referred to the cardiologist?
I know very well that treatment of crooked teeth is not a life-or-death matter, as can be the case with heart problems, but the result of improper orthodontic treatment can have a lasting effect on your teeth and smile.  Your orthodontist is specially-trained to treat not just your crooked teeth but also how your teeth bite together.  This is not something we do as a small part of our day.  We spend our waking hours focused on understanding all the factors as to why your teeth are not straight as well as the different ways to fix them.  Our responsibility is to listen to your concerns and then help you to understand the different options available for treatment.  Our goal is to give you a bite, or occlusion, that functions properly so that you can chew efficiently and not wear down your teeth prematurely.  Our dedication to your smile results in a customized smile that fits your face and personality.  In summary, your orthodontist knows what to do, and when to do it…at least when related to your teeth and smile!                                                                                                                                                                

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Our New Blog

First of all, Happy New Year from Drs. Daft, Stamos and Myers!

This year we will publish a regular blog intended to help our patients and community understand the value of orthodontic treatment and what options might be best for you and your loved ones.

We have a wealth of knowledge to share from our combined 80 years of experience and education from USC, UCLA, UOP, the U of Detroit and the U of Notre Dame in addition to our regular continuing education that keeps us on the cutting edge of patient care.

Some of the topics we look forward to discussing are:
Extraction vs non-extraction therapy
1 phase vs 2 phase treatments
Deciding between Invisalign, metal braces or clear braces
Wisdom teeth extraction
Maintaining the benefits of your treatment for life

Please let us know what questions and topics you would like to see covered in future posts.

We wish you a healthy and happy 2019 and look forward to seeing you soon!

Sincerely Drs. Daft, Stamos and Myers

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