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Orthodontists vs. Dentists for Invisalign

Dentists or Orthodontists for Invisalign?

Let’s set the record straight about Invisalign practices!

We are blessed to live in an era and country that we have so many choices for every decision that we have to make. But unfortunately, that also means that we can make a lot of wrong decisions. I have witnessed this several times in the last month. In August, I had five patients that are currently undergoing Invisalign treatment in other offices by their general dentists. They came to my practice for second opinions. They all had pretty easy cases and their dentist had suggested that they start Invisalign and they did.

So why were they seeking second opinions? Because after months of treatment, nothing was really changing and in one case, a patient’s teeth looked much worse than they did before treatment started. Of course, to the patient, that meant Invisalign doesn’t really work. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, in my opinion, Invisalign works faster and better than braces in most cases and some problems in adult dentition can only be addressed by Invisalign.

So I asked these patients that if they need a plastic surgery procedure done, who would they want to go to? Would they choose to go to their family practitioner that has lower prices or their surgeon? Of course, they all said their plastic surgeon! What about delivering a baby? All the internal medicine practitioners have delivered babies during their training, so why bother going to an OBGYN?

The same argument works for dentists and orthodontists. As an orthodontist, you have to become a dentist first and then go to school for three additional years to receive your orthodontic degree. That is what I did in 1987, and since then I have ONLY treated orthodontic patients. I do not do other procedures, no fillings, no crowns or root canals. All my time and expertise is focused in one area, straightening teeth. Doesn’t that mean that I have so much more experience than a general dentist? Also with Invisalign, I had to almost relearn everything again. Braces and Invisalign both work, but in very different ways. In order to learn how to work with Invisalign, I have had to attend countless hours of continuing education, seminars, and workshops.

So I think having options is great, only if we have the knowledge to evaluate our options objectively. Keep in mind that the quickest, easiest and cheapest is usually not the best way to go. The clear choice is to look for experience and not expense.

P.S. INVISALIGN ROCKS!
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Actor Michael B Jordan uses Invisalign to get his perfect smile!

Actor Michael B Jordan uses Invisalign to get his perfect smile!

Studio City Orthodontist and Dancing With The Stars

Studio City  Orthodontist and Dancing With The Stars

Karina Smirnoff of Dancing With The Stars

Karina Smirnoff of Dancing With The Stars

Hey Readers!

We are excited that tomorrow is the announcement of the new cast of Dancing With The Stars. It is funny how we are so close to this season considering we are an Orthodontic practice. First we have to say that we are excited to see Karina Smirnoff, a veteran on the show and patient of ours, return to the ballroom floor. Her moves are great and so is that personality! Then we find out that our friend Hayes Grier is going to be on the new season as a contestant. Crazy as we just met him days before his announcement at the Janoskians Untold and Untrue movie premier where we were supporting our client Beau Brooks and his brothers! Hayes is a cool cat and seems nice, hopefully he has moves to keep him in the game. Soon after Hayes’ announcement, we found out that Carlos Pena-Vega and his wife are joining the cast. Carlos was in a group called Big Time Rush with our cosmetic facial plastic surgery patient Kendall Schmidt and is good friends with other frequent visitors of the shop.

Louis Van Amstel of Dancing With The Stars

Louis Van Amstel of Dancing With The Stars

My question is:
WHO WILL YOU BE ROOTING FOR?

 

Update: They announced Army member, Alek Skarlatos as a contestant! He is 1 of the 3 guys who stopped the Paris train-attack last month. I am proud to see that they are recognizing “celebrities” in various ways. By that I mean that they don’t care about followers, but their contributions to society! I wish they did a season called DWTS: Heroes which would be about various people who have made an impact in their area! Other newly announced celebrities include Kim Z of Housewives of Orange County, actor Gary Busey, reality star and R&B singer Toni Braxton!

We are excited to see how the contestants do when the season begins!

-Rob Ryan

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Judgment and Acceptance!

So recently, I had a “Patient Appreciation” party in my backyard for all the patients that have started their Invisalign treatment in our office since the office opened in January 2015. I spent a lot of time, planning all the details and it paid off. The backyard looked great, the food was great, but most importantly, the vibe was amazing. Everybody was having a great time and we took lots of pictures and posted them on our website. However, there was this one picture that I took at the end of the night with all the caterers for the party that was my favorite picture of the day. It was a spare of the moment pose and it took 5 seconds to take and it came out great. But when it came to posting this one, I was really hesitant. I did not think it was an “Orthodontist Looking” picture. It looked too playful and fun. Orthodontist are supposed to be serious and concise. I was afraid of the judgment and thought people may not take me seriously and may not trust my image and that would definitely be bad for business. I had a flash back to my first years of practice. When I looked too young to be a doctor and I would try to look older by wearing glasses and pantyhose every day!!! So glad those days are over! But it seemed like feeling of being judged was still there.

The more I thought about it, the more frustrated I was getting. Why are people so judgmental? Why do we think that all the orthodontist should look alike? Do all the artists look alike? Where does all this judgment come from? And that is when it hit me. Judgment comes from inside. I am feeling that way because I am judging myself, despite my yogi way of life. Everyday of my life, I am trying to get closer to a yogi state of mind and practice universal love and stay away from judgments. But the truth is that its much easier to do that for other people than for yourself. Our insecurities will seep through so easily and play tricks on us. Its not about other people, its about ME. Maybe my life is not a stereotypical orthodontist life. Well, I don’t play golf or tennis, I don’t belong to a country club, I am very liberal on my ideology. But I was also on a full scholarship for my dental school and graduated top of my class. I have treated thousands of patients in the past 20 years and have immensely enjoyed doing it. So I am going to stop thinking like I need to fit in a certain mold to be taken seriously. I will never wear fake glasses or panty hose again!!! I will continue to put myself out there and live my life the way I like to live it and stop Judging Myself. That is when I will stop thinking and feeling like I need to belong, and that is when more spectacular things will happen to me. I will try to replace the fear with love and attract more like minded people into my life and my practice. SO I hope you like the picture.
Namaste

8/12 Jansen Baker & Harold!

What a day! We were busy with consultations today. While informing guests about our services and how we can help their needs with Invislign, we were making other local Studio City, North Hollywood and DTLA folks pearly white! Jansen Baker, an actor and producer stopped by after hearing all about us on Instagram and social media. He is gearing up for the premiers of his latest films. One is a teen flick called Summer Forever which has his staring along side Nickelodeon star, Meghan Nicole; Viner, Cody Johns; celebrity dancer, Alyson Stoner and many more! Then Harold, a follower of ours on Instagram, hit us up with a big request. His wedding is in 3 days and he wants to look his best. He came in for a Zoom treatment and left very happy! Can’t wait to see the wedding picts to see how amazing his teeth will look.

 

-Rob Ryan

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A Q&A with Dr. Kathy on Balance

What is the most important factor in being a successful business woman?

To me, the most important factor in bring a successful business woman is BALANCE. As an owner of two different dental offices, as a single mother to two young children, and as a very adventurous and creative woman, the only way that I strive is by taking one step at a time towards balancing all aspects of my life.

What inspired you to open up a 2nd practice?

About a year ago I was inspired to open my second dental office in a very friendly and trendy neighborhood of studio city. I wanted to reinvent the experience of going to an “orthodontist” office. So the plans began and I enjoyed every moment of that creative pieces. From designing the office, to my new concept of only treating my patients with Invisalign, (because it works amazingly), to my very unconventional methods of marketing through social media, there were so many details that I had to work out.

How has the experience been thus far?

The journey has been exhilarating and the outcome has surpassed my own predictions. Every day I work in a beautiful Green space that I love, I have an amazing staff whom are creative, nice and fun but still very efficient, and patients that are happy and grateful.

What made you realize you needed to balance your life?

About 5 months ago my kids reminded me of the most important thing that I was ignoring, BALANCE. They reminded me that the second office was my idea not theirs, but it has taken me away from them. It was pointed out that it has been hard for me to stay present and enjoy them as blessings that they are. They also mentioned that this makes them both sad and mad.

How did you adapt to make your personal and professional life more balanced? So I did what works for my family. I planned a big, adventurous trip. That’s just my way of shifting the energy. Nothing like a place with no wifi and crazy adventures, to bring the family back together. Nothing like love to put life in perspective and keep you balanced. As with almost all the other problems in life, the solutions are within us. We just need to quiet our minds, so we can hear the answers.

 

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8/10 Heffron Drive, Nicholas Ferroni and Dom DeAngelis

Hey, so it is Monday (Not So Funday) at the office. We got an emergency tweet from Heffron Drive fans over the weekend about Dustin Belt, 1/2 the group of Heffron Drive (along with Invisalign patient, Kendall Schmidt), needing to see a dentist as he broke a tooth! The horror set in. A popstar with a broken tooth? This could not stand! We got the SOS call from Dustin and swooped in for the rescue. We fixed him up and we Periscoped the experience! Then that afternoon, we had a visit from, Nicholas Ferroni. He is a former soap star (All My Children) turned history teacher from NJ who was dubbed 2014’s Hottest Teacher Alive by People Magazine. Being friends with Rob Ryan, our marketing director, he had to stop by and check us out while in LA. He will be transitioning to LA and will be making regular visits to the office. Lastly, Dominic “Dom” DeAngelis of Youtube fame came to the office for a bleaching. Having heard from fellow social media influencers like JC Caylen, The Gabbie Show and KMac; Dom decided it was time to come join the fun and see what we were all about. Playing on YouNow, while in the massage chair, Dom hummed the Star Wars theme song and took countless selfies! This was a fun day after all thanks to Dom, Nick and Heffron Drive’s Dustin.

 

-Rob Ryan

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Invisalign Teen

Bummed out about having braces?
Invisalign Teen gives you a whole new way to wear braces for a “clearly” amazing smile!

The team has a game this Friday night, homecoming is in a month, and what about my yearbook pictures?! You have the biggest audition of your life, headshots for the new agent, finally walking the carpet for your project, don’t stress; with Invisalign Teen you won’t need to turn down any dates, wear a paper bag over your head, or hide out in your room for two years! Invisalign Teen aligners are a perfect fit for your lifestyle, because aligners are:

  • Clear
  • Removable
  • Super comfortable
  • Customized just for you

Pizza, Popcorn … No Problem!

You’ve probably heard from friends that with braces you won’t be able to eat anything. With Invisalign Teen you can eat whatever you want! Have at it with your bad self and not fear that dreaded spinich in your brackets.

Unlike traditional metal braces, your Invisalign Teen aligners are removable, which means you can go ahead and eat all the things you love without worrying about breaking a bracket or losing a rubber band. Cheers!

It’s your life; keep it that way!

Invisalign aligners are really comfortable and very durable. They fit in with any of your extracurricular activities. So whether you’re swimming the 50-meter race, throwing the football out on the field, or playing the clarinet with the school band, you don’t have to worry about your braces getting in the way!

 

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#UnbraceYourself

We are excited to announce a new project called the #UnbraceYourself campaign, a photo campaign to promote the concept of “Everyone deserves a smile” and the idea that they should be happy. It has been proven that a smile can induce a happier mentality in the person giving the smile and those receiving the smile! Launching in August, this movement will  be a national effort to make people happy about make it CLEAR that you can have a bigger and better smile with the help of Invisalign!
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Vanderpump Rules

 We are excited to announce that we sponsored an event for Friend Movement, an anti-bullying and equal opportunity charity. This special event took place during LA Pride in the heart of West Hollywood and was hosted by the queen of WeHo, Lisa Vanderpump, star of Vanderpump Rules and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills!  It was a pleasure meeting the entire cast of the show at Sur Lounge and getting to talk about getting them hooked up with Invisalign and teeth whitening treatments. Scheana Marie and Katie Maloney stole our hearts with their positive attitudes and beauty! Can’t wait to have them stop by the office. Lisa was stately and sweet and was kind enough to pose with us on the red carpet for press! Catch Dr. Kathy and Rob on the latest season of Vanderpump Rules on Bravo!
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Invisalign Studio City

We support local- Studio City has world class dining, nightlife, and shopping.  It is a vibrant cultural hub.  The  neighborhoods, the people and quality of life is like no other place on earth.  The best place in LA!  We love to support local business.  We go to local farmers markets and load up on produce.  Whenever we needs a service personally or professionally, we shop Studio City.  We love to give back and mingle in the city.  We like to build strong economic and social relationships and contribute to local causes.

If you don’t live in Studio City, thats okay, come on by to the best place on earth!

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