Monthly Archives: July 2008

Invisalign v. SureSmile: What Invisible Braces Can’t Do



SureSmile v. Invisalign

SureSmile® is one of the newest orthodontic treatments on the market.

Invisalign® is one of the mos popular ways to correct crooked teeth.

What is the difference?
SureSmile® uses traditional brackets and wires, but instead of Dr. Tipton moving teeth by adjusting the wires by hand, he moves the teeth in a 3-D model on the computer and then, he sends the image to Dallas  where  directs the a robot  to form the wires that are more accurate than manually bending the wires.

Greater accuracy means a faster, more precise treatment time. SureSmile® can reduce treatment times by up to 40 percent. It means fewer office visits, less discomfort and a more perfect, precise smile.

Invisalign® is a series of invisible aligners (or invisible braces) that are removable. These aligners help to gently reconfigure your smile – without the discomfort of traditional braces.

The invisible aligners can be removed to eat, drink, brush and floss and are worn for approximately two- three  weeks each, until they have straightened to a final position.


Which one is right for me?
SureSmile® is best for any kind of straightening or alignment of teeth. Because it uses the traditional brackets and wires system, it is suitable for complex cases, very irregular teeth, and bite adjustments. It can be used on children, teens and adults and offers a much shorter treatment time than standard braces. Dr. Tipton has more control of the teeth.

Invisalign® is recommended primarily for patients who have had braces before and want or need only minor adjustments to their teeth. Because the aligners cannot correct complex cases or bite problems, they are recommended primarily for adults who just need slight cosmetic modifications. Aligners do not correct the relationship of how the upper and lower teeth fit together.


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Is My Dentist an Orthodontist?

What it takes to become an orthodontist.

 An orthodontist is a dental specialist that has not only completed college and 4 years of dental school, but has also completed an additional 2 to 3 years residency program accredited by the ADA of advanced education in orthodontics. After receiving the additional years of training and education, an orthodontist has learned the skills that are required to treat the misalignment of teeth and facial development with braces, headgear, retainers and other methods. Only a dentist that has completed the additional years of training and education after dental school is an orthodontist.

Orthodontists do much more than simply put on braces; preparation for oral surgery, and treatment to keep the jaw joints healthy are a large part of an orthodontist’s duties. Becoming an orthodontist is a  rewarding career choice and it can make a difference in the way people feel about themselves for their entire lives.

Step 1

Earn a Bachelor’s degree. You generally must have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree to enter dental school.

Step 2

Enroll in a dental college to attain your DDS (Doctor of Dental Science). This will take four years of studying biology, social sciences, and anatomy as they relate to dental health.

Step 3

Pass the Dental Admissions Test. This test certifies that you have the necessary skills to become a practicing dentist; no dentist is allowed to operate a practice without passing this exam.

Step 4

Enroll in a Science of Orthodontics course. This will take an additional two to three years. This course will begin teaching you the arts of your chosen profession.




Step 5

Start a practice.

Becoming an orthodontist is very challenging and takes hard work and dedication.