Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Toronto Invisalign Orthodontic Specialist to be Published Again!

Potential Toronto Invisalign patients doing their research know that Dr. Jason Tam is considered one of the best Invisalign experts around.  Practicing Invisalign near Richmond Hill at MCO Orthodontics, with vast experience in treatment planning for Invisalign and delivering an optimal patient experience, hundreds choose him for his expertise every year.  He teaches Invisalign for Align Technology with his next lecture scheduled for the New York City Expo in September 2014.

Recently, one of his treatments was selected to be published in the 2014 Invisalign Case Gallery as one of top Invisalign results in North America.  Every 2 years, Align Technology calls for doctors to submit their treatments and an independent panel determines the top 100.  This is the second consecutive such honour for Dr. Tam, who presented his previously selected Best Class 2 Invisalign Treatment at the 2012 Invisalign Summit in Las Vegas.  Congratulations again!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Richmond Hill Invisalign Orthodontist in Las Vegas at Work and at Play

Your Stouffville Invisalign Orthodontist believes in an active life in the world of orthodontics, but feels there is a lot that can benefit his patients with input from industries outside of orthodontics.

Recently, he was in Las Vegas to meet with life consultant Kyle Ray, who has gone through the 21st Century Leadership Program.  With a special interest in life direction and perspective, Ray has continually provided Dr. Tam with stimulus to keep challenging himself.

Markham Orthodontist with Life Consultant Kyle Ray
He also sat down with Dr. Alice Chen, a pediatric dentist at Red Rock Kid's Dentistry, pediatric dentist in Summerlin, Las Vegas.  They discussed the ongoing interactions between pediatric dentistry and orthodontics, as well as the use of Invisalign for teenagers as well as adults.  Dr. Tam emphasized the use of Invisalign as a technique rather than as a product.

Stouffville Orthodontist with Dr. Alice Chen

Nick, Mr. Brodie, and Dr. Tam
Dr. Tam was able to arrange a second meeting with Mr. Richard Brodie, the author of Microsoft Word.  He is also the author of the bestselling publications, Getting Past OK: The Self-Help Book for People Who Don't Need Help.  They sat down to again discuss various issues along with Mr. Brodie's friend Nick, an electrical engineer working for the US Government.  Dr. Tam feels it a great privilege to be able to spend time with Mr. Brodie to gain his insights and perspectives.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Invisalign IPR is a Important Part of Many Orthodontic Treatments

Your Toronto Invisalign specialist is the one who plans how your teeth will move using the ClinCheck program provided by Align Technology.  Often times, space is required to move the teeth, but the crowding is not severe enough to warrant extraction, but cannot be achieved by dental expansion.  This is not unique to Invisalign but is used with traditional braces as well.  In these cases, Interproximal Reduction (aka IPR, slenderizing, discing, shaving, polishing) may be employed.  

Check out this HD video about Interproximal Reduction:

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Markham Orthodontist at Annual Orthodontic Meeting in New Orleans

Dr. Tam, your Toronto Invisalign specialist, recently attending the annual orthodontic session in New Orleans.  It is a great time to meet up with colleagues, see what is new in orthodontics on the exhibit floor, and attend lectures about evidence-based orthodontics.  It is this commitment to continual learning and passion for his profession that has helped Dr. Tam establish one of the most progressive orthodontic practices in North America.  Enjoy the pics!
Dr. Tam with his senior resident, Dr. Nischli, from Boston University
Dr. Tam with Irvine Orthodontist
NOLA is famous for their oysters.
Dr. Tam in a selfie with Align CEO Prescott

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Markham Orthodontist To Deliver Invisalign Lecture in Richmond Hill

Rarely does a dental society have its own member deliver a lecture to its component society, due to conflict of interest and fairness to all members.  This April, Dr. Tam has been given the honour of speaking to the York Region Dental Society about Invisalign in Richmond Hill at the Sheraton Parkway.  It was a natural choice as Dr. Tam has spoken to doctors internationally.

Dr. Jason Tam to lecture on Invisalign in Richmond Hill
He will once again provide his lecture on "Invisalign as a Technique Rather than a Product", focussing on the the requirement for doctors to understand how Invisalign works, and to help them realize that treatment results will differ depending on the planning and knowledge of the appliance.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Toronto Invisalign ClinCheck Pro with 3-D Control

Invisalign in Toronto is often viewed as a commodity like a TV or piece of clothing.  The truth is that Invisalign is a technique used to help a doctor achieve straight teeth.  In other words, the way the doctor uses the Invisalign is going to have an impact on your treatment results.  For example, buying Kevin Durant's basketball shoes will not make most people play like Kevin Durant.  Just like the shoes help Durant produce his results on the court, Invisalign helps doctors produce beautiful smiles.

Align Technology recently launched ClinCheck Pro with 3-D Control for doctors to perform their treatment modifications.  A common misconception is that impressions/scans are sent to Invisalign and Invisalign does the treatment plan.  Doctors are responsible for the tooth movements and to direct the technician on how they feel the teeth need to be moved.  This new program allows the doctor to actually move the tooth to the position they wish, so that the technician can visualize what the doctor is looking for.

The doctor can choose to ask the technician for movements, or turn on 3D controls.  This will allow control of the teeth in intrusion, extrusion, buccal, lingual, rotation, tip, width of the arch, location of attachments/cutouts, and designating the amount and location of IPR.  The software then allows the doctor to see the original ClinCheck and then the modifications performed.

Screen shot of CC Pro3D

Keep in mind that a doctor can still move a tooth anywhere on a computer, but this may not happen in the mouth, so doctors must still have the experience to understand how aligners move the teeth.  It is a convenient tool for doctors to detail movements and provide over-correction of specific teeth.  It is likely going to increase the gap between experienced and inexperienced doctors, since those with more experience know where they need to move the teeth in the simulation to make it work in reality.  With this new software available, it should become more and more clear to doctors, as well as the public that Invisalign is a technique, rather than a product.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Invisalign G5 Features for Deep Bite Correction Described by Toronto Invisalign Specialist

On February 21, 2014, Align Technology announced the latest generation of Invisalign features to help in deep bite correction.  Remember that these are tools that will help the clinician properly plan your treatment.  Your results will still differ depending on the experience of your doctor.  Here is a summary provided by your Toronto Invisalign Expert.  Dubbed as G5, features include:

Pressure areas on aligners- Redirect the intrusive force through the long axis of anterior teeth.  This is important as teeth that need to be intruded have to be done so through the long axis.  For clinicians, this will show up as a circular module on the ClinCheck summary sheet.

Deep Bite Attachment on the first premolar- Anchorage for anterior intrusion; maybe be activated to extrude premolars.  Previously, horizontal attachments were used to provide anchorage.  The new attachments may also help extrude premolars in cases where there is a low mandibular plane angle.

Precision Bite Ramps on aligners- Disocclude the posterior teeth to prevent intrusion on posterior teeth and to intrude anteriors.  Previously, doctors estimated the position of the incisors and asked for "virtual bite turbos".  Now these ramps are incorporated into the aligners and move in concert with intrusion.  For clinicians, this will show up as a triangle on the lingual surfaces of the incisors on the treatment summary sheet.