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Why to go to an orthodontist instead of an at-home clear aligners company?

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As at-home clear aligners increase in popularity, it’s natural to wonder whether in-person orthodontic care or at-home orthodontic care is the better decision for you or your child.

You may believe “at-home” has a comfortable ring to it, but when it comes to you or your child’s precious smile, do you really want to leave room for error?

Take this quick quiz to understand why in-person orthodontic treatment is the right decision for you!

1. Initial Exam
You decided on Invisalign® clear aligners as your treatment. Now, let’s begin. For your initial exam, do you choose Option A or Option B?

Option A: At-home clear aligners

You took the questionable route and chose at-home orthodontics. For your initial exam, you receive an impression kit in the mail. You bite into the impression mold of thick “goop”, your hands shake and you aren’t quite sure if you’re doing it correctly. You send your molds back through the mail and await the arrival of your clear aligners.

Option B: Clear aligners from the orthodontist

You played it smart and scheduled your free exam with us. You meet Dr. King, who asks you what your goals are with treatment. Dr. King then completes a thorough exam of your teeth and bite. He takes x-rays of your condition and shows you diagnostic photos of previous success stories. Dr. King discusses your treatment options with you and suggests the most efficient and effective treatment to fit your lifestyle. He thoroughly explains your chosen treatment and proceeds to take impressions of your teeth and bite, using the iTero Digital Impression system. Your dental molds show immediate results, without the use of “goopy” impression materials. Dr. King crafts a treatment plan, personalized to your current condition and your unique orthodontic goals. He explains every aspect of your custom treatment plan and answers every question you have. Now, with an extensive understanding of what’s to come, you await the arrival of your clear aligners.

2. Your initial exam is complete!

Now it’s time to receive your aligners and begin treatment. If you chose:

Option A: At-home clear aligners

You receive your clear aligners in the mail. You place a set in your mouth, and they feel slightly off-kilter. You can feel that your bottom teeth are dramatically compressed in the bottom aligner, and your top aligner is fitting loosely. You place them in and begin treatment, but you have a few questions, so you resort to searching Google for answers. You continue referring to Google with questions throughout your treatment. Four months have passed, and you snap a picture of your teeth to compare with a picture of your teeth from the beginning of treatment. You don’t notice a difference, but you assume it’ll take a little longer to see results. So you continue treatment and await the results.

Option B: Clear aligners from the orthodontist

You receive your clear aligners from Dr. King. You place a set in your mouth, and they fit snuggly with just enough pressure exerted on your teeth. Dr. King gives you detailed instructions with your clear aligners, and you ask questions to ease every concern. You leave our office with your new orthodontic treatment and a comfortable, comprehensive understanding of your treatment plan. You visit our office regularly, every couple of months, so Dr. King can monitor your progress and order your next few sets of aligners. You visit Dr. King or call the office as often as you’d like with any questions or concerns. (You’re sure to address the hard hitting questions, like “Can I drink wine with Invisalign”?) Four months into your treatment, you compare a picture of your ‘before’ teeth with a picture of your current progress, and you notice a dramatic difference! You’re ecstatic with your current smile, and you can’t wait for the final results.

3. Your treatment is over!

How do you like your new smile?

Option A: At-home clear aligners

Your smile looks different than it did at the beginning of your treatment. You realize you were misinformed on the amount of hours to wear your aligners each day, so your treatment progressed at a slow pace. Your bottom teeth are crowding each other. Your top teeth don’t fall into perfect alignment with your bottom teeth, and it feels awkward to chew food. You realize that you must’ve taken inaccurate molds of your teeth at the beginning of your treatment. (Remember your shaky hands?) Looking at your results in the mirror, you decide that your at-home orthodontic venture was not worth the money or time. You call Jupiter Orthodontics to schedule your free orthodontic exam, and your treatment period starts back at square one.

Option B: Clear aligners from the orthodontist

You love your new teeth! Your smile reveals perfectly aligned teeth on the top and bottom rows. Your previous condition has vanished, and your top and bottom teeth align comfortably with a healthy bite. Your new smile exceeds your expectations, and you can’t wait to maintain it during the retention phase. You walk out of Jupiter Orthodontics with a confident smile that you can’t stop sharing. Your in-person orthodontic treatment was a success.

The risks in at-home orthodontic care should not be ignored!

In this scenario, at-home orthodontic care resulted in an ineffective treatment that required in-person orthodontic care in the end to reverse damage. (At-home orthodontic care can lead to even greater damage than this scenario!) When you choose in-person orthodontic care with an orthodontist, you’re choosing a path that will save you a considerable amount of time and money.

At Jupiter Orthodontics, we want you to experience a confident smile without damaging your teeth or gums. If you’re seeking an orthodontist in Jupiter, we would love to meet you! Please feel free to reach out to us or schedule your free exam with Dr. King today.  Jupiter Orthodontics is proud to serve the Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, and Hobe Sound, FL communities.

MEAW METHOD – NON SURGICAL ALTERNATIVE

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July 17th, 2017

I FIRST LEARNED the MEAW method in its earliest stages from Dr. Kim.

Having an insatiable appetite for cutting edge orthodontic knowledge this method was inspirational since I was determined to offer patients a non surgical option.
Early in the 1970s, Dr. Kim developed the Multi-Loop Edgewise Archwire (MEAW) appliance in his Weston, Mass, practice. This appliance allowed him to treat open bites and other severe malocclusions with excellent clinical results.

The Multi-loop Edgewise Archwire (MEAW) technique is a very intricate, complex and non-surgical method for treating patients that would normally require surgical realignment of the jaws. This technique utilizes braces, custom-formed loop archwires, and elastics to guide the teeth into the correct positions.
In all of South Florida very few orthodontist are trained in the MEAW technique and is offering it as a treatment option to their patients. I am proud to have become proficient with the intricacies of custom-fitted loop archwires since 2005 and provide this cutting-edge technology to my patients with a comfortable, non-invasive alternative to painful jaw surgery.

A QUICK FIX FOR MAXILLARY DIASTEMA RELAPSE – AKA: THE GAP BETWEEN THE FRONT TEETH

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April 3rd, 2017

Every once in a while there is a request in Dr. King’s office for a little post treatment help after non-compliance. It happens, a retainer gets lost, a permanent retainer gets broken, things happen and Dr. King understands that. Dr. King has developed a very successful procedure used when the space between the front teeth slowly returns and is not welcome.

Neal Kravitz, Editor for the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics requested Dr. King to contribute an article which describes a simple and esthetic solution he created for consolidating anterior spaces with light force and minimal effort. The technique evolved from a method of minor space closure in which a 1/8”, 2 oz elastic was placed around the central incisors and below the contact point in the gingival one-third of the tooth. This procedure is more comfortable, esthetic and predictable, requiring no special patient cooperation.

The included photos are of a 20 year old who lost his retainer a year previously. First, the anterior teeth to be bonded are isolated and etched and a bonding agent is applies. Next, a clear elastic thread* is cut to a length of 6” and positioned on the middle third of the crowns. A small teardrop of composite** is added over the thread on each tooth surface and cured one at a time. Maintaining tension as the elastic thread is lightly stretched across the teeth. This patient was bonded canine to canine and the space was closed in 10 days.

A space of 1mm or less can close in 24 hours if the thread is bonded fro lateral incisor to lateral incisor. If the patient has an overjet, space will rarely open distal to the lateral incisors. To avoid rotation of the upper lateral incisors, the patient should be scheduled to return to the office in 24 – 48 hours, since the teeth are being moved by uncontrolled tipping with no moment of a couple. If the lateral incisors begin to rotate, either excessive tension has been placed on the thread of the force has been exerted for too long.

If the patient is unable to return within two days, or if the rotation of the lateral incisors is a concern, the elastic thread can be bonded from canine to canine as shown here. Space closure will then take seven to ten days, but there is less risk of rotation due to the added anchorage of the canines. A bonded retainer should be placed once space closure is complete.

WONDERING IF YOU NEED TO SEE YOUR DENTIST?

December 20th, 2016

So, you just got your braces on and you’re wondering if you need to visit your general dentist since you’re seeing Dr. King every other month. Patients often ask if they need to see their dentist while in orthodontic treatment. The answer is an emphatic yes.

There are a few crucial reasons why you should keep up with your regular dental visits while coming in for your orthodontic adjustments at Jupiter Orthodontics.

There are a few crucial reasons why you should keep up with your regular dental visits while coming in for your regular adjustments at Jupiter Orthodontics.

  • There is no room for tarter and plaque in your mouth while you undergo orthodontic treatment so it is important to visit your dentist regularly.
  • Having braces provides additional nooks and crannies where food particles and bacteria can hide. Eventually, plaque and tartar can form around your brackets, bands or other appliances which can lead to cavities. Having your teeth professionally cleaned can help ensure most, if not all, plaque and tartar is removed. Even if you are undergoing clear aligner treatment, dental checkups and cleanings are equally as important.
  • The next reason to visit a dentist is to help protect your teeth from decalcification, or the loss of calcium in your teeth. A potentially serious condition in which white spots on your tooth surfaces, decalcification is irreversible and if left untreated, can lead to cavities. Decalcification is preventable; patients who cut down on sugary sweets and acidic foods, practice good oral hygiene, and visit their dentist regularly can help prevent decalcification.
  • The final reason we recommend visiting your dentist while you have braces is this: cavities can prolong your treatment. If you are interested in completing your orthodontic treatment on time and without delay (and we know you are) you should visit your dentist every six months which will go a long way toward making that a realistic goal. Your dentist can provide fluoride treatments or other treatments that strengthen your teeth and protect them from cavities.

Dr. King encourages you to visit your dentist which will help ensure your teeth look their best once your braces come off. Straight teeth are beautiful but healthy teeth are an absolute necessity.

STEPPING OUTSIDE THE BOX

There is a new project called Mars One and its objective is for humans to inhabit Mars.

Imagine that!

Chris Hadfield, former commander of the International Space Station who just returned to Earth after five months in space (whew!) has shown interest in living on Mars. He earned a glider pilot scholarship at age 15 because his dream to be an astronaut started from childhood.

The mission, a private venture by the Dutch non-profit organization Mars One, aims to send a crew to the Red Planet in 2022 (TIME NEWSFEED.COM) The project is under way and nearly 80,000 people have applied for the ride! Whether or not the program will be a success remains to be seen. What CAN be seen is that amazing things start with a thought. The lesson for you is this; don’t be afraid to step outside “your box” with your ideas because you never know what you can do until you try.

Dr. King encourages everyone, no matter what your age, to reach your full potential. Sometimes that starts with just an idea and a smile so don’t be afraid to step outside the box & follow your dreams. You have more to offer than you probably even know. Dreams are the stuff reality is made of!

WHAT AN ORTHODONTIST CAN DO TO DECREASE OUR “CARBON FOOTPRINT”

GOING GREEN BECAUSE IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO…

In 2002 the need to consider our environment prompted me to get on board in my office just as I had in my home.  Pioneering the way my practice, Jupiter Orthodontics, was the first Palm Beach orthodontic office to go paperless by using computers at each treatment chair.  This step was not only environmentally green but protected my patients from any bacterial contamination resulting from the handling of paper charts.

Another option to take care of my patients and the environment was through a complete conversion from conventional x-rays to direct digital x-rays, which decreases the carbon footprint and decreases ionizing radiation by 85%.

As the internet became a way of life I embraced Face book as another avenue of communication rather than marketing.  Here was an opportunity to keep my patients informed regarding important events that affect my office. (i.e.: Hurricane closures, changes in schedules, contests, annual patient parties, etc)  As we all know, small incremental changes will result in large beneficial effects.  This is all about how we can achieve the same or better results using less energy and resources.

TAKING THE GOLD – BUSINESS PARTNER OF THE YEAR

When it comes to helping kids in the community Dr. King takes the GOLD!

There are many annual awards but the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award is unique and very special.

Dr. Roy K. King won the GOLD level award at the 23rd Annual Commissioner’s Award program. School Superintendent Dr. Art Johnson recognized the Business Partners for the major contributions they make to our schools and students every day. Notable about the award is that this recognition reached the state level which is truly an honor.

Mr. Jimmy Peterkin (District Business Partnership Coordinator) wrote congratulating Dr. King stating, “On behalf of the School District of Palm Beach County, congratulations on being selected as a recipient of the 23rd Annual Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award. The award recognizes those businesses throughout the state that have shown an outstanding commitment to improving education by partnering with schools in their communities.

Once again, congratulations, and thank you for making a difference in the lives of Palm Beach County students. “

Dr. King considers it a privilege and will continue to help your children in your community for years to come.

WHY USE AN ORTHODONTIST TO STRAIGHTEN YOUR TEETH?

Frequently I am asked that question, usually with the follow up question; “What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?”

Orthodontists are highly trained specialists who receive 2-3 years additional education after dental school. The additional education an orthodontist receives concentrates on growth and development regarding the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of all types of malocclusions and jaw growth discrepancies. This extra training is necessary when becoming a specialist in a specific area of treatment.

An orthodontist specializes in straightening teeth, correcting facial profiles and creating beautiful smiles. They treat hundreds of new cases each year while a general dentist may see only a few orthodontic cases. An orthodontist’s combination of specialized training and experience means the orthodontist is better able to make an accurate diagnosis, especially in severe and complicated cases.

Finally, there is the issue of value and affordability. Often patients are surprised to find that orthodontic fees are usually the same as a general dentist. An orthodontist and their expertly trained staff are equipped to devote all their efforts and attention towards orthodontics. So while fees are nearly the same, the specialist possesses a significantly higher level expertise and experience.

You will agree that when you decide to improve your smile, the smart choice is to select someone who shares your passion and has trained specifically to provide you with just that smile!