CC373. American Association of Orthodontists AAO 2016 Chris Part 1

Shocked by the Shark –The Remarkable Journey of New Lingual Appliances

In 1998, my good friend, Dr. Takemoto, told me about a new straight wire lingual bracket he was going to develop. At that time, I personally didn’t think it was such a good idea. In fact, I thought it would be impossible to construct and additionally, would not provide a practical approach. How he has proved me wrong!

For those of you unfamiliar with these braces, you may think that they can only be used to solve very easy cases. If so, I think you will be ‘shocked by the Shark’ and I suggest that you start reading this edition on p.108, to see just how effective this revolutionary design can be. For 18 years, Dr. Takemoto invested blood, sweat and tears in his design. Finally, after numerous clinical trials his appliance was launched in partnership with Dr. Scuzzo earlier this year. Whole new revolutionary straight wire lingual braces are now here!!

There are 3 reasons why his new brackets are so remarkable. Firstly, as the name suggests, the braces use a straight wire. Secondly, they are also self-ligating. Thirdly, the wire slot is square, not rectangular. With availability of new high-tech soft wires, full engagement of full size wires are now possible. This is a radical change, which I believe could replace the Edgewise, the orthodontic standard, designed by Dr. Angle way back in 1924.

To invent something like this can take so long, 18 years in fact! Hats off to Dr. Takemoto. He has achieved his goal! What makes it even more amazing are the three revolutionary features in one bracket, which make it so powerful, so easy to use and so comfortable for patients. I am amazed at how one man can be so innovative to create something which most people either dismiss or seriously doubt to be possible. I hope that when you use these braces in your practice, you will truly appreciate how much one man’s passion can help you and your patients to enjoy the rewards of his endeavours. I encourage you to try them, and as like me, I feel you will be ‘shocked’ by the results.

I can only hope that some of us can aspire to emulate these remarkable lingual masters such as Drs. Takemoto and Scuzzo (Inventor of digital setup for Alias), and allow orthodontists to continue along this revolutionary path to glory. We should never give up on our aspirations. As the great golfer Arnold Palmer once said, “The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they can’t be done.”

Chris Chang DDS, PhD, IJOI Publisher.

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My Invisalign Blog- Tray 1

Update 10/21/11: It will be a while before I will be able to upload anymore videos. My digital camera just broke and so it will be a while before I can upload any new videos. Sorry. But you can still follow me on my blog. However, since I do have video capabilities on my cell phone, I may upload a video of me putting in and taking out my aligners.
Update: So the audio in the video is no longer delayed. Yay! Also, follow my new blog: Invisalign:Through My Eyes. Here’s the link to it:

I hope you follow me as a go on my Invisalign journey. This is my first video blog, so next the next time I update, I’m going to try to be a little more thorough on the ups and downs of wearing Invisalign braces.

Here’s some of the stuff I forgot to mention in the video:

I hate that you can only drink water while wearing them (though, for me, maybe that’s a good thing).

The attachments felt really weird at first, but now I’m getting used to feeling them whenever I eat.

I’ll be getting them whitened (I guess towards the end of the treatment).

20 Aligners on the upper teeth and 13 aligners on the lower teeth.

Sorry about the quality of the video. I was using my digital camera and for some reason, if I film something close up, the audio is off by a couple of seconds. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel and to leave a comment below.

Ceramic Braces with Colored Bands (Braces update)

I had my first braces adjustment last week! I decided to go with a pink color for my bands because the pearl colored stained so bad, and I also got a power chain. Still no bottom braces yet:( Next update video will be at the end of July! Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for watching!

Exploring the Options in Braces Technology – Designing Spaces

Ann Bruck RDH, Global Professional Services Manager, 3M Unitek, talks about the advances in orthodontic braces technology that has changed the whole experience. The metal-mouth days with bulky headgear are over. With Clarity™ ADVANCED Ceramic Braces you have a small, comfortable and more aesthetic braces. They are unnoticeable, blending in with the color of your teeth, smooth and do not discolor. Also, new technology has made applying braces quicker and better for the teeth, and treatment times can be shorter than in the past. Kid Spaces visits Alvetro Orthodontics, where quality orthodontic care is provided in a comfortable environment, the kid friendly atmosphere helps patients relax and make the whole experience of getting braces much less intimidating. Lisa Alvetro DDS, DMD, also explains how the braces work, using teeth models and Clarity™ ADVANCED Ceramic braces, plus the 3M Forsus™ Correctors. Ann Bruck summarizes with a message to parents.


How to Fix Crooked Teeth With Veneers

How to Fix Crooked Teeth With Veneers. Part of the series: Dental Advice. When using veneers to fix crooked teeth, the veneer creates an illusion and physically repositions the tooth. Learn more about fixing crooked teeth without braces from a dentist in this free video on dental advice. Read more: