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CitiScapes Magazine

The Straight Talk on Beautiful Smiles

July 2013

By Dr. Boyd Whitlock, III

Dr. Boyd Whitlock III felt his patients’ pain. Having worn orthodontic braces for years, he was totally dedicated to finding a way to improve their experiences while straightening their teeth with greater effectiveness. He sought an alternative to traditional therapy that often requires many office visits over extended treatment times. That’s when he introduced SureSmile, the state-of-the art digital orthodontic treatment system, to his two offices in Springdale and Fayetteville. Today, he is the only orthodontist in Arkansas to offer this innovative alternative to conventional treatment.

SureSmile technology reduces the amount of treatment time by an average of 40 percent, Whitlock said. It all starts with a digital scan, which is then transformed into a three-dimensional image. The 3D image allows Dr. Whitlock to evaluate the teeth from every possible angle. The computer allows him to see different possibilities, make precise measurements and know exactly how the teeth will move.

“Not only do we see the teeth and their relationship to one another, we actually see their roots and their relationship to the bone. This enables me to manipulate the teeth on the screen to anticipate their movement and the impact this will have on their best possible final position,” he explained.

“To put it simply, I want the very best result for each of my patients,” continued Dr. Whitlock. “I know that I can deliverthat with SureSmile technology. I can see more, I can anticipate tooth movement and I can keep detailed records to be sure that we are on track to achieve our clinical goals. There is no compromise with SureSmile.”

Using the patient’s 3D model, Dr. Whitlock designs a custom wire sequence that will be used in conjunction with brackets bonded to the teeth. Robotic technology then interprets the patient’s data and builds a completely customized wire sequence for that specific case. It is this unprecedented accuracy that ensures that the patient gets a faster treatment time and a straighter smile.

Patients who undergo conventional treatment usually spend 24 months, on average, in braces. But the SureSmile technology has allowed Whitlock to reduce the treatment time to under 14 months with his patients, he said.

The SureSmile technology isn’t new, Whitlock said, but requires an investment of time, money and in-training, which is why he says other offices aren’t quick to offer the alternative treatment to conventional braces. “Most doctors have not made that kind of commitment to patient care,” he said.

Whitlock’s offices not only offer this cutting-edge technology for straightening teeth, but recently added TruDenta therapy for patients who experience chronic headaches, migraine and other head and neck pain. TruDenta is a system of patient care that incorporates advanced dentistry and rehabilitation technologies from sports medicine, Whitlock said. He has adapted it to help treat patients who suffer from headaches, migraine, jaw pain, and discomfort in the face and neck. The therapy is non-invasive, meaning Whitlock is able to help patients alleviate their symptoms without needles or medications, he said.

It might seem unusual to some patients to see an orthodontist for head and neck pain, but Whitlock said he discovered that many headaches and migraines resulted from referred muscle pain. During the painless and comprehensive exam, patients are examined by Dr. Whitlock and his team using a “digital bite-force analyzer,” which will assess his or her imbalances on a tooth by tooth basis. This unique diagnostic technology helps the doctor determine what conditions could be causing pain for the patient and also what therapy is appropriate for that specific issue.

TruDenta can be used to help patients suffering from head and neck pain caused by accidents as well as other trauma. The therapy is also effective on patients who find themselves often clenching their jaws or grinding their teeth. “TruDenta has helped thousands of patients across America resolve their long-term pain issues. I am pleased to be one of the first to offer this life-changing care to Arkansans,” Dr. Whitlock said.

Whitlock has been practicing orthodontics for 21 years and said his experience in having braces several times led him to pursue a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Oklahoma. His advanced orthodontics certification was issued by the University of Missouri in Kansas City.

 

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Only Dental Professionals

In many cases, only dental professionals can help the estimated 80 million Americans suffering from the painful symptoms caused by improper dental forces, called dentomandibular sensorimotor dysfunction (DMSD).

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Assessing DMSD

20% of your existing patients suffer from DMSD, as do 20% of all Americans. Your team members quickly assess patients for "red flags" (which indicate DMSD), utilizing TruDenta's patented technologies.

The National Institutes of Health estimate that over 80 million Americans suffer from one or more of the symptoms of DMSD, including:
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Bite Force Analysis

TruDenta uses digital force measurement technology, powered by Tekscan®, for evaluating the amount of bite force that is present during closure, at closure, and while chewing. The technology is so advanced that it actually calculates the bite force and motion on a tooth-by-tooth basis. This digital exam literally shows a movie of the bite force in action revealing abnormal forces in the nerves, muscles and ligaments that are often the cause of symptoms.

Bite balance is also calculated to identify potential issues within the overall chewing system. READ MORE

Mandibular Range of Motion

A normal opening for an adult is 53 mm to 57 mm. Limited or restricted range of motion (less than 40 mm) is a reduction in an individual’s ability for normal range of movement. Along with opening movement, an individual should be able to slide their jaw to the left and to the right at least 25 percent of their total mouth opening in a symmetrical fashion.

When restricted movement exists, an imbalance in the system is present, and breakdown of the system is likely to occur. READ MORE

Cervical Range of Motion

The TruDentaROM is a system of hardware and software that digitally measures cervical range of motion (ROM) impairment based upon AMA guidelines. This directly affects the proprioceptive feedback system of the dental occlusion, TMJ, and the muscles of mastication.

ROM impairment is another “red flag” which assists doctors in accurately diagnosing symptoms that are often dental force related. This data enhances medical insurance collections and the collaboration with referring medical doctors. READ MORE

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Less Than One Hour Doctor Chair Time

A typical case requires less than one hour of doctor time in the diagnosis and minor occlusal adjustments during the rehabilitation period.

Treatments are performed by a trained team member once per week, in less than one hour. The most severe cases require 12 treatments. Therapies are spa-like, non-invasive and require no drugs or needles. Most patients report dramatic results after the very fist treatment. Note: The majority of patients utilize an orthotic only during the treatment period, up to a maximum of 12 weeks. READ MORE

Therapeutic Ultrasound

The goal of therapeutic ultrasound treatment is to return circulation to sore, strained muscles through increased blood flow and heat. Another goal is to break up scar tissue and deep adhesions through sound waves.

Therapeutic exposure to ultrasound reduces trigger point sensitivity and has been indicated as a useful clinical tool for managing myofacial pain. Additionally, ultrasound also has been shown to evoke antinociceptive effects on trigger points. READ MORE

Microcurrent Stimulation

Sub-threshold microcurrent stimula¬tion reduces muscle spasm and referral pain through low electrical signal. It also decreases lactic acid build-up and encourages healthy nerve stimulation. In particular, microcurrent electrotherapy has been shown to help increase mouth opening significantly.

• Reduces muscle spasm and referral pain through low electrical signal
• Decreases lactic acid build-up
• Encourages healthy nerve stimulation
• Increases mouth opening significantly
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Low-Level Cold Laser

Low level laser/light therapy is one of the most widely used treatments in sports medicine to provide pain relief and rehabilitation of injuries. Over 200 randomized clinical trials have been published on low level laser therapy, half of which are on pain.

Low level laser/light therapy decreases pain and inflammation, accelerates healing of muscle and joint tissue 25 to 35 percent faster than without treatment, and reconnects neurological pathways of nerves to the brain stem, thereby inhibiting pain. READ MORE

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