Archive for the ‘Treatment Strategies’ Category
April 25th, 2010
All of us at Poway Braces love what we do for a living; literally transforming the lives of our patients. Kelley came to our practice after hearing from multiple sources that she required jaw surgery to correct her bite problem. Using the Damon System, Dr. Thomas was able to not only correct Kelley’s bite, but also transform her smile filling out the corners of her mouth with arch development greatly enhancing her smile further. All of this was done without surgery. We are proud to offer children and adults options which include the benefits found with the Damon System – please visit our web site for more information as well as visiting www.damonbraces.com too!
April 2nd, 2010
In 2009, Dr. Thomas became a published author in the Orthodontic profession. His article, ‘Variable Torque for Optimal Inclination’, describes a method an orthodontist can use to individually customize patients treatment using the Damon System. His published paper can be found in ‘Clinical Impressions’ – a publication printed by Ormco. The link is: http://www.ormco.com/index/ormco-education-clinical-impressions The link above takes you to the Clinical Impressions Library where you may download Volume 17, (2009), No 1.
March 9th, 2010
In this age of high technology, Orthodontics is catching up with the introduction of Computerized Custom Damon Braces and Wires for our orthodontic patients! Dr. Thomas and his team are excited to promote the most advanced high tech method in the Orthodontic Field called Insignia. “Insignia” is the next revolution in the Orthodontic Field! Visit its web site and read what you think for yourself: http://www.insigniasmile.com What is Insignia you may ask? Simply put, it’s a system whereby Orthodontists are able to put a 100% accurate model of your teeth into a software program and then correct your bite – BEFORE you’ve even started treatment. Once your ideal bite has been achieved within the software, completely custom Damon Braces are then made for each individual tooth – something not possible before Insignia. By doing this we are able to customize your treatment precisely – solving crowding / spacing problems and enabling treatment completion as quickly, comfortably, and detailed as possible. Dr Thomas and his team at powaybraces are certified providers of Insignia and can share with you how it works and show you specific examples of treated patients. Insignia Benefits * Insignia can reduce your treatment time by up to 25% * Insignia advances the science and art of braces beyond capabilities seen with traditional braces * Insignia helps develop a precise treatment plan for your specific unique needs
March 5th, 2010
All of us at Poway Braces say – Congratulations Cindy! We really enjoyed having both you and your wonderful daughter in our practice. Dr. Thomas wishes you and your family a great year; we will miss your fun laugh, your warm wishes, and seeing you on a regular basis. When people ask us whether or not the Damon System can really widen a smile without surgery – all we have to do is think of the fantastic change in your smile & width of your teeth – and how much it fills out the corners of your mouth and smile – to know without a shadow of a doubt that it really does!
January 17th, 2010
Totally clear Damon Braces are the ultimate when it comes to fantastic aesthetics. These braces are not only totally clear, but they also do not require rubber bands to hold in the wire. What does this mean? It means everything! The rubberbands used with all other totally clear braces always turn ugly colors over time. Especially if you happen to enjoy coffee, cola’s, ice tea, mustard, curry, red wine, and other foods and drinks which become absorbed by the elastic rubber bands. Damon Clear Braces never (NEVER) discolor no matter what you eat or drink. Combined with the outstanding properties of a passive self ligating bracket the results are some of the best in the field of orthodontics. Dr Thomas is proud to offer this cutting edge high technology bracket to all our patients.
January 16th, 2010
A very exciting event happened last week!!!! Our office is one of a select few in the country who are now proud to provide totally Clear Damon Braces. Poway Braces is the first and only office in the Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch, Ramona, Mira Mesa and surrounding area’s to be able to provide all Clear Damon braces. If you’ve held off on getting braces due to unsightly looking braces, these are for you. A Huge difference over all other clear braces is the fact that the Clear Damon braces will NEVER discolor, turn yellow, green, brown, or any other color. Have you ever seen someone who has clear braces but they have, unsightly discolored rubber bands going around the braces?? This is an all too common result of using small rubber bands to hold the wire into the braces. The all new clear Damon braces never, ever, discolor or change their appearance and have all the fantastic benefits of the Damon System. Throughout our web site and other blog entries, detailed descriptions of these benefits can be found.
January 8th, 2010
One of the best things about our job involves watching the transformation of a patients smile. We get to see every step of the way, from the moment they come in right up until the day they get their braces removed. Brandon really had an amazing change with both his smile and with his ability to close his lips together comfortably. Notice the difference from before braces and after they were removed. Confusion exists about whether or not permanent teeth should ever require removal (extraction). As this result shows, there is a time to remove permanent teeth. We had 4 teeth removed, close the spaces completely, aligned the teeth, and allowed the front teeth to be brought back enough to greatly improve his profile. This is what Orthodontics & Braces are all about.
January 7th, 2010
Written by our Team: Here at Dr Thomas’ office, we are dedicated in providing our patients with the very best tools and training for achieving exceptional oral hygiene while wearing Damon Braces. Did you know that before you even come in for your initial exam appointment with us, we have already contacted your dentist to see when you had your last cleaning appointment and if you have any pending work still needed to complete (for example cavities)? We work closely with your dentist during the duration of your orthodontic treatment. At your bonding appointment (when your braces are put on), we go over detailed cleaning instructions and give you a hygiene kit. This kit comes with a traveling case to keep it organized. Our hygiene kit includes a dual headed toothbrush, travel toothbrush, 15 yard mint flavor floss, 3 minute sand timer (you should be brushing 3 minutes each arch), dental floss threaders, orthodontic wax, and a mouth mirror. Poor Brushing can cause permanent damage to your teeth & we want to make sure this does not happen. Proper brushing helps keep teeth clean and healthy. To brush your teeth properly you must brush under, above, behind, and around all surfaces of every tooth and bracket. Remember to brush the inside and the outside of both the top and bottom gums. Make sure to check after rinsing, and if your teeth and brackets are not clean and shining…..brush them again. Lastly, remember to floss carefully around each tooth. This process is more time consuming than without braces but if done regularly will help keep your teeth healthy. Only floss the ones you want to keep Happy New Year Toothfully yours, Dr. Thomas and Team
December 30th, 2009
Young and old, male and female, the Damon System delivers remarkable results. Dr William Thomas is an expert using this system. He has taught this system in multiple universities throughout the US and South America including Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and Columbia. The Damon System is based on a unique treatment philosophy that goes beyond straight teeth. Damon Doctors are trained to take the whole patient into account: the shape of your face, your profile, what you will look like into your 40s, 50s… and beyond. Many people see a noticeable change not just in their teeth, but in their entire face. Often this result is without the use of ‘palatal expanders’, extractions, or surgery. The following are changes we see using the Damon System: * A fuller, wider smile * Better facial balance and aesthetics * Smoother cheek contours which make narrow smiles look fuller and more inviting * Fewer dark triangles within the corners of your mouth * Straighter, less crowded & crooked teeth, * Improved profiles…for a more youthful look at any age! Many patients begin to see these dramatic results in as little as 10 weeks. Treatment that used to take 2-3 years and/or surgery, are now treated in 16-18 months and treated without surgery. The patient in this blog had 5 other consultations where he was told this exact plan: Surgery and 2-3 years. We used the Damon System, he did not have surgery, and finished treatment in 17 months. Evaluate the changes yourself – do you like the end result? Visit our website, become informed, and come see us to see how the Damon System can help give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
December 3rd, 2009
Our office uses the Herbst appliance to correct difficult bite problems. The newest version of this appliance is so small that all of our patients say its really comfortable, easy to eat with, and is not visible when talking. Correction of dental protrusion, upper front teeth sticking out, is often difficult requiring patients to wear headgear. Headgear has been used by Orthodontists for decades and works well. Problem is, children for the most part, find it very difficult to wear, uncomfortable, and ultimately do not wear it enough to achieve full correction of the bite problem. Orthodontists then must resort to rubber band wear to achieve a reasonable result. Again, this requires a tremendous amount of patient cooperation and diligence. An additional benefit to the new smaller herbst appliance is a reduction of treatment time. We are finding correction of these difficult bites can be achieved in 18-20 months instead of the typical 24-30 months with headgear. This alone is remarkable. A final benefit to the new smaller herbst appliance is we can reduce the number of appointments lessening the intrusion into your busy life. During bite correction with the new herbst appliance, appointments are typically scheduled every 3 months apart. Since this bite corrector is cemented and works full time every day, the movement and correction is far faster than with headgear. And absolutely no help is required by the patient in having to wear anything – especially a headgear. This is the best of all worlds!