Friday, June 24, 2016

Our 3D Printer Has Arrived

Sondhi-Biggs-Hansen Orthodontics is proud to announce that our 3D Printer is running full speed. This new technology will allow us to provide improved quality control and more efficient turnaround on appliances used in our practice. The 3D technology lays down thin layers of medical grade FDA approved resin, which can be made directly from one of two 3D scanners we currently have in our office. This innovative technology helps us to eliminate goopy impressions and plaster models.  It also provides an amount of detail so precise that we are able to make appliances that fit more accurately than ever before! Sondhi-Biggs-Hansen Orthodontics is proud to stay on the cutting edge of technology to provide you with the ultimate patient experience!!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

How are the Braces placed?

Many of our patients at Sondhi-Biggs -Hansen Orthodontics ask us about indirect bonding, a method of applying braces to the teeth in such a manner that an entire set of braces can be applied at once, usually in less than an hour. In many orthodontic offices, braces are placed on each tooth, one at a time. The procedure requires meticulous, long, painstaking sessions for both patient and doctor, to ensure each bracket is in the correct position, especially in the back of the mouth. Indirect bonding helps provide more accurate placement of braces, and therefore makes the process more precise, comfortable and efficient .

Indirect Bonding Process

Indirect bonding is a technique in which 3D scans are taken of the teeth. Then, 3D models can be printed from the scans. Most of the work for indirect bonding is done in the lab. It is a remarkable process that depends on our ability to make particularly accurate models of your teeth. Much detail goes into the accurate measurement and alignment of the model, since your mouth is naturally unique to you.

The braces are placed on the models of the teeth, exactly in the right place, fitted into the trays made on the model, and sealed and cured.

Setting the Braces

When you come to Sondhi-Biggs-Hansen Orthodontics to have your scan done, your braces are made from the 3D models of your own teeth. All that remains is a short appointment to fit the trays onto your teeth, align them, and separate the braces from the trays.

Your teeth will have to undergo some preparatory work in order to accept the braces. This involves preparing the surface of the teeth for the adhesive for the braces, as well as preparing the surfaces of any crowns. You will also have a short period to wait while the adhesive cures.

All the other work that would traditionally have been done while the patient is in the chair has been done on the models. By the time the orthodontist sees you for the appointment to place your braces, they are precisely aligned to your teeth, Visit our YouTube Channel on our website to view the basics of this process. Indirect Bonding is just another example of how Sondhi-Biggs-Hansen Orthodontics is "Smiles Above the Rest".

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

Sondhi-Biggs-Hansen Orthodontics would like to wish all the wonderful Mother's a great day! From our office to you, we appreciate all that you do, not only today, but everyday, for everyone. Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Can I locate my receipts online?

Did you know that Sondhi-Biggs-Hansen Orthodontics provides online access so you can view or print any receipts you may need for personal or tax purposes? To access these receipts, simply access your account by logging onto our webpage at Select “Patient Login” from our dashboard, enter your username and password (or click don’t have an account yet to set one up). Once you have logged in, select the “Financial Info” tab on your account dashboard, scroll down to payments and charges, and click the magnifying glass with the down arrow. From there you can select patient (if there are multiple children), date range and print. Please feel free to contact us if you have additional questions!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Say "No" to Headgear!

Patients at Sondhi-Biggs-Hansen Orthodontics never have to wear headgear! Not many offices can say they NEVER use headgear.  A headgear slides into tubes on the braces, and is kept in place using a neck strap that wraps around and hooks to the other side--very uncomfortable.
 There are several types of headgears, but Early treatment, using a new generation of appliances, is a much more comfortable alternative to wearing a headger, and provides a superior final result. This is just one more reason why Sondhi-Biggs-Hansen Orthodontics is "Smiles Above the Rest".

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Holiday Candy Caution

You don't often think of candy caution with this time of year. Please remember when you are looking at all the wonderful cookies with nuts, candy canes and other hard/sticky items to be careful. Breaking brackets, retainers or causing arch wires to shift can prolong treatment times and cause other opportunities for problems within your treatment.  Have a wonderful holiday season from your friends at Sondhi-Biggs-Hansen Orthodontics.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

There are several different types of "Growth Appliances" that can be used in young children. The Twin Block has separate upper and lower bite block components that work together as one. These two appliances interlock together to set the bite at an angle which postures the lower jaw forward into the ideal bite position. This enhances the growth of the lower jaw. For further information about the different types of growth appliances please feel free to contact a Sondhi-Biggs-Hansen Orthodontics team member.