What do you use to treat?
I refer to all the different things I use to treat as my tools. In the profession we use the word “appliances” and that refers to braces, bands, brackets, and wires, aligners, orthopedic devices (designed to treat jaw bone issues) and molar distalizers (fix bites). I also use mini implants (TADs or temporary anchorage devices) to stabilize some of the appliances.
I have been using clear aligners since they were first introduced to the orthodontic profession in 1998. Clear aligners is a great option for many of our patients, and can be a better option than braces for some patients.
I use many different types of the most modern brackets, bands and wires available, depending on each patient's needs, regardless of brand name or manufacturer.
Each treatment plan is developed individually using the most efficient, practical and reliable ‘tools’ available. Predictability of results directs me to certain ‘materials’ for any given patient and various options are considered before determining my final treatment plan and ‘tools’.