Alborzi Orthodontics - May/June 2019

235 N. SanMateo Drive, Suite 300 SanMateo, CA 94401-2672 Tel: (650) 342-4171

705 Purissima Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1934 Tel: (650) 726-6321

The Alborzi Standard

May/June 2019


Regardless of a professional’s field, if they want to be excellent at their job, they likely have a philosophy they strive to abide by. Establishing one’s own philosophy, especially when responsible for patients’ health, is of the utmost importance. Doing so allows an orthodontist, dentist, or doctor to ensure that their treatment approach stays within the parameters of their professional creed. For me, keeping my philosophy at the forefront of my practice serves as a constant “My philosophy consists of two important parts: Treat my patients in a way that ensures the utmost excellent outcomes, and provide treatment in the most comfortable way possible.” reminder of why I chose to enter the orthodontic field in the first place. Essentially, my philosophy consists of two important parts: Treat my patients in a way that ensures the utmost excellent outcomes, and provide treatment in the most comfortable way possible. I’ve always looked for ways to provide the best outcome with a better experience and fewer side effects. One thing I always explain to patients is: If I don’t want a specific orthodontic tool or type of braces in my own mouth, I will not subject my patients to it. To accomplish both aspects of my philosophy, I don’t use traditional braces. Instead, I use both Damon braces and Invisalign. The Damon system is a set of

self-ligating braces that put much less force on the teeth than traditional braces. It also allows me to change the shape of the jaw structure within the mouth without pulling teeth, no matter how crowded someone’s mouth may be. With Invisalign, I’m frequently asked if the clear aligners provide the same quality outcome as traditional braces. The answer: definitely yes! Patients often don’t realize that the person who designs the Invisalign treatment (me!) has a lot of control regarding how their teeth move. It’s really a perfect combination of art and science, and because I started my practice with ample experience using Damon Braces, I could easily translate that into treatments using Invisalign. As a result of my ability to do well with Invisalign, I can treat younger patients (ages 7–10) who need orthodontic work. Because their mouths are already smaller, the hard wires associated with traditional braces can be quite painful. Then, after the braces are on, kids are frustrated trying to find food they can eat without causing pain

can keep eating what they want. In my experience, I’ve found that these younger patients’ parents are typically the most skeptical about this approach, but after even the first week, they love it. It’s not just easier; it’s extremely effective as well. The final way I keep my orthodontic practice philosophy in mind is by paying close attention to aesthetics and facial balance. One important thing for patients who still have a lot of growing to do is to make sure a patient’s lower and upper jaws balance. For example, if the lower jaw isn’t growing as quickly, I can use Invisalign treatment to help it grow in a forward direction. Additionally, due to recent changes in Invisalign products, I can now widen patients’ jaws, which creates more space for their tongue and allows for a wider opening of the airway. If nothing else, what I want patients and their families to know about my practice philosophy is that I am constantly researching new methods to maintain the process of providing the same excellent results with less discomfort. They can trust that I’ll be at the cutting edge of

technological innovations and that I’ll continue to make their orthodontic experience the best it can be.

or getting stuck. The Invisalign approach is so much easier and more comfortable for kids. Because they can

remove the aligners, they can continue improving hygiene techniques, and they

–Dr. Alexa Alborzi

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