Dr. Wayne Hickory is an orthodontist in Washington DC and one of the countries few Invisalign® Super Elite providers. He is announcing the implementation of a new 3D scanning technology that will allow him and his Embassy Row Orthodontics team to create molds for the teeth aligning procedure known as Invisalign® without the need for impressions. Dr. Hickory adds that he is excited to be able to offer this technology to his patients because the new digital camera not only eliminates the need for impressions, but also creates a more accurate 3D model of his patients teeth.
In the past, Dr. Hickory says when patients decided to straighten their smiles with Invisalign in Washington DC, they often expressed some concern over the process of creating the clear molds with impressions. However, as one of the first in the Washington DC area to have this capability, he says patients can now achieve the smile they have always wanted and avoid the uncomfortable process of making the molds.
Before adopting any new technology or cutting-edge procedure, Dr. Hickory says he first addresses the overall safety and comfort of his patients, as well as the effectiveness of the product. “We have found the digital camera, while taking a little longer than an impression, is more comfortable for most patients. Because the data is received almost immediately by Align Technology the results are faster than waiting to mail an impression. Since the scanner is like a high resolution video camera we see no safety issues. Most significant is the quality of the images. We no longer have the distortion that sometimes occurs with impressions requiring the inconvenience of re-taking them.”
About Wayne B. Hickory, DMD, MDS
Dr. Wayne Hickory earned the Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, where he also completed a three-year postdoctoral program in orthodontics and a Masters of Dental Science. He originally began his career in orthodontic research and teaching, and has over 25 years of experience in the field. Dr. Hickory is certified in Wilckodontics, which speeds up the traditional methods of orthodontics with increased aesthetic concern and a reduction in the need for extraction.
Embassy Row Orthodontics is located at 2132 R. Street NW. Washington, DC 20008, and can be reached at (202) 684-8474, or found online at embassyrowortho.com or facebook.com/pages/Embassy-Row-Orthodontics/176345775739826.