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Oshawa Orthodontist Teaches Hands on Invisalign Course

As a part of a continuing mentoring course for Invisalign clear aligners, your Oshawa Orthodontist held a hands on demonstration course for proper finishing and ClinCheck simulation evaluation.  This was the third session for local Oshawa dentists who have increased and improved their work with Invisalign with the expert instruction from your Toronto Invisalign Specialist.  Remembering that Invisalign is a technique, not a product, it is best to choose a team and doctor with experience in planning our your treatment.

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Toronto Invisalign Specialist teaching dentists the best Invisalign techniques

Toronto Invisalign Orthodontist Discusses New Invisalign Tiers for North America

Recently, Align Technology announced a new way of classifying doctors for their Invisalign Doctor Locator, taking effect January 1st, 2018.  Currently, Invisalign has an status system for Invisalign providers based upon a certain case volume of experience over the past 6 months in conjunction with a lifetime number cases started ( MCO Orthodontics begins a case volume of Invisalign treatments to qualify for the top tier in both systems).  This system helps the consumer find a doctor that has been actively using Invisalign regularly, but also has a certain volume of experience over the course of their career.

Although not all of the lifetime cases will have been completed, it is generally safe to say that if an office is growing at a steady rate, by the time a doctor reaches Super Elite or Elite status, they should have completed a significant number of them.  This of course does not hold true if an office decides to start a lot of cases within a short period of time, doing things like Invisalign Groupon.  It also does not speak to the quality of the treatment rendered, but only sheer volume.  The current statuses are as follows:

Top 1% Super Elite Provider  100 cases every 6 months and 800 lifetime started
Elite Provider  50 cases every 6 months and 300 lifetime started
Premier Provider 25 cases every 6 months and 50 lifetime started
Preferred Provider 10 cases started per year


The new method increases the total number of cases required every 6 months, but removes the lifetime start requirement.  This is good for consumers to further distinguish doctors doing varying case volumes, but provides less of a safety net and reassurance that the provider has much lifetime experience.  Now it is possible for a provider to purchase 200 Invisalign cases in the previous 6 months to qualify for a large discount and be considered one of the top providers by Align.  Previously, it would have required 100 cases in the previous 6 months, but 800 cases would have had to be purchased over time.  The system is also favourable for the publicly traded Align Technology ( ALGN) to encourage doctors to begin more cases to earn top status, who will in turn increase their discount rate per case.



Diamond Plus 200 cases in the previous 6 months
Diamond 140 cases in the previous 6 months
Platinum Plus 100 cases in the previous 6 months (Previous Top 1% Super Elite Starts Here)
Platinum 60 cases in the previous 6 months
(Previous Elite Providers will be divided between these statuses)
Gold Plus 30 cases in the previous 6 months
Gold 24 cases in the previous 6 months (Previous Premier Providers)
Silver 5 cases in the previous 6 months (Previous Preferred Providers)
Bronze 0 cases in the previous 6 months (Status for 0 cases!)

When looking on the Invisalign doctor locator tool beginning in the new year, be aware of the changes with these new statuses.  Remember as always that Invisalign is a technique, not a product, so your results are going to depend and differ based upon the office that is planning out and delivering your orthodontic care.  It means that treatment results can differ significantly even amongst two providers in the same tier.  If you're considering Invisalign in Toronto, check out the Top 5 questions to ask before you begin Invisalign treatment.


Toronto Invisalign Orthodontist Selected for Media Training and Informational Videos

Recently, your Scarborough Invisalign Orthodontist was in Denver to receive media training for upcoming local Toronto news spots.  Dr. Tam trained with Mark Bernheimer, a 16 year veteran reporter for CNN, to help deliver succinct and accurate information with regards to Toronto Invisalign and Oshawa Invisalign Teen questions.  He was chosen because of his experience in working with Invisalign treatment and Invisalign patients, as well as his ability to produce excellent results with this clear aligner technique.

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Downtown Toronto Invisalign Specialist Media Training


Invisalign Teen Toronto
Scarborough Invisalign Orthodontist answering questions regarding Invisalign Teen compliance.

Richmond Hill Invisalign Teen Media
Dr. Tam, Markham Orthodontist, answering questions from a panel.

Oshawa Invisalign
A behind the scenes look at the Whitby Invisalign Teen informational video production.




These questions include:

1.  What would you tell a parent of a teenager who is concerned that their child will not be compliant with aligners?

2.  What would you tell a parent of a teenager who has been told that they are not a candidate for Invisalign treatment?

3.  What types of questions would you suggest a parent or patient ask with regards to financial considerations for Invisalign?

We'll address these questions in near future!

Chinese Orthodontist in Scarborough Ontario - MCO Scarborough Orthodontics

Dr. Edward Pong, Chinese Braces Orthodontist in Scarborough, recently transitioned his office to MCO Scarborough Orthodontics.  Located conveniently at 4002 Sheppard Avenue East, Unit 302 for over 30 years, MCO Orthodontics wishes Dr. Pong a wonderful retirement.  With 5 locations in the Greater Toronto Area and the experience of thousands of beautiful MCO smiles, we are looking forward to more Agincourt Invisalign and Scarborough braces!  Happy to serve in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Dr. Edward Pong
Chinese Orthodontists in Scarborough at Kennedy and Sheppard. 

Toronto Invisalign Hands-On Training by MCO Orthodontist and Team

As many of our readers know, Invisalign results will differ depending on the doctor and team you work with.  Recently, MCO Orthodontics, your Invisalign specialist in Toronto, taught some general dentists as a part of a pilot project, sanctioned by Align Technology, in a hands-on demonstration.  These dentists wanted to learn more about how to direct patients during their initial insertion, how to perform interproximal reduction (IPR), tips on taking records/scans, and were shown two different techniques for attachment placement.
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MCO Orthodontist performing IPR while general dentists and staff look on.
There was an emphasis that the ability to produce an excellent Invisalign result is highly dependent on the planning of the case by the doctor, and not the responsibility of Align technicians.


Markham Invisalign
iTero Scanner demonstration in Markham

Our team at MCO Orthodontics is one of the leading Invisalign practices with one office in Downtown Toronto dedicated solely to Invisalign.  Let us know if we can help!

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Invisalign Insertion and Attachment Visit

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