Christopher A. Payne, DDS, MAGD
General Dentistry & Orthodontics
Dr. Chris Payne uses the Individual Patient (IP) appliance for his braces patients. It was the first customized appliance system in the world and is an enhanced straight archwire technique. Previous standards in orthodontics used "straight archwire" appliances with one bracket design and one archwire for all patients, which is not always sufficient to treat all tooth movements. However, the IP Appliance revolutionized orthodontics by allowing doctors to customize the optimal appliance for EACH patient. The customization results in faster, more consistent treatment results. Your braces will be individually designed, tailored to your anatomy and case goals unlike other orthodontic appliances.
Your IP appliance will have these components:
IP Orthodontics is beneficial because it gives dentists 10 times more bracket and archwire designs to choose from, creating a treatment-specific set of braces. Each tooth is diagnosed to find the best bracket for the intended direction of tooth movement. Digital cephalometric analysis, model measuring and visual treatment objectives are used with the aid of a computer. This allows the dentist to diagnose your teeth, bone structure and facial profile to develop your treatment plan and customize your brackets. Your braces will be designed and made specifically for you.
The IP Appliances method of individualized orthodontics offers:
For more information on this method, visit www.individualortho.com
Although Dr. Chris Payne offers orthodontic treatment for his patients, he is also able to maintain a general dental practice offering all the services of a general dentist. Some of the general dentistry services are used in conjunction with orthodontic treatment. Tooth movement can be used to enhance restorative treatment options in multidisciplinary treatments.
Our focus can also be expanded to a patient's airway and breathing and how it affects dentition, jaw alignment and bruxism (tooth grinding). A young patient's allergies can affect their breathing and result in dental malocclusion in much the same way as sucking your thumb. Adults who have a medical diagnosis of sleep apnea also have breathing issues that may be a concern to their teeth. Many patients may have already tried a CPAPA machine and could also be a good candidate for OAT or Orthodontic Appliance Therapy.
Sometimes the solution is something other than traditional braces. Porcelain crowns provide an option for some patients in place of ortho. Invisalign clear aligners are also an option.
Many patients who receive orthodontic treatment are interested in teeth whitening as well. Once the teeth have been straightened, the patient may choose whitening to correct discolorations and perfect their new smile.