Over the years OrthoDenco has seen an optic on the demand for splint appliances because more adult patients are entering or seeking dental treatment. We’ve been able to expand our offering when it comes to splints, we now specialize our plans based on the specific need of the patient, whether it is grinding of the teeth or if we want to level the bite or position the jaw in a certain place or not allow the patient to load up the joint. It’s very very specialized and over the years we’ve been able to develop an entire line of appliances that cater to that.
The American Board of Orthodontist (ABO) will take digital files with any given case, however, they still require that the initial and the final models are in stone. The board, of course, has a various stringent set of rules and measurements that need to be followed for this particular models. That’s where OrthoDenco helps aspiring orthodontists to achieve that goal.
What type of digital solutions does OrthoDenco offer clients?
Digital has revolutionized the orthodontics industry and it’s coming fast and strong. The things that we’re doing with digital today were almost un-thought of 5 years ago. We’re very pleased to be able to have to engage with our clients and their needs and have been able to find a solution to those.
How OrthoDenco Makes Herbst Appliances
When we go about our Herbst, the first thing we ask is to get upper and lower models or impressions. Of course, the quality of those needs to be superb because the Herbst is a big deal for the patient and the practice. A lot of times parents are advised ahead of time when the Herbst is required for the treatment plan so they have a lot of notice and there’s a lot of angst and expectation about the appliance. From the moment we start, we want to make sure that we’re going to be able to deliver on that expectation for the practice and the patient.
Sports guards are very important because they provide protection. Primarily, they protect your teeth but potentially they can protect an athlete against concussions. How does a sports guard protect teeth? Why does this injury come about in the first place? Well, 60% of dental-facial injuries happen while playing sports. Out of these injuries, 10 to 20% have to do with broken teeth, so you can imagine the huge amount of patients, especially nowadays where a lot of kids go to play sports. You can imagine the increasing number of patients that can potentially have an injured tooth while playing a sport. Whether it is the tooth gets completely knocked out or broken in half, a sports guard can help you protect them. Of course, it’s not a silver bullet, nothing is, but it’s the next layer of protection for an athlete.
Orthodontic Clear Aligners
OrthoDenco has been working with clear aligners for a very long time, but it wasn’t up until recent years that we started tinkering with digital solutions for clear aligners. Now, OrthoDenco is able to offer dental professionals a solution that is more predictable than before, because through our digital solution, we’re able to provide a treatment that gives a new set of tools to the dental professional, and provides the patient more predictability of treatment.When we deliver a case to one of our practices, that case will have measurements of how much each tooth was moved in millimeters and degrees. That way, the dental professional knows the movement or the series of movements that each tooth has undergone, and how that impacts the overall art form of the patient. With these measurements, the dental professional is also able to adjust the inner proximal context in between each tooth, to be able to create the necessary space for the aligner to be able to be successful.