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  • How is Invisalign like Harry Potter’s magic?

    March 5, 2019

    At Davis & Davis Orthodontics and Great Lakes Bay Orthodontics we believe in the power of magic (big Harry Potter fans), but sometimes science is so advanced that it becomes almost indistinguishable from wizardry. Invisalign is powered by the kind of tech that can be considered magical. Get ready to step into the fantastic world of Invisalign!

    Cloak your teeth with invisibility

    In the beginning of his story, the young wizard is gifted a magic cloak. It’s a powerful bit of magic that allows the wearer to become completely invisible while wearing it. The fabric of the cloth is woven from special enchanted material for witches and wizards to render themselves unseeable. Much like the magic cloak, Invisalign appliances are made with a material that makes them virtually invisible to the naked eye. The aligners are produced from a patented flexible plastic material that was invented exclusively for Invisalign by biomechanical engineers, who we consider a special class of wizards.

    Wands that scan your teeth

    A standard instrument of every magic-user is the wand. It allows the bearer to focus their magic sometimes with a beam of powerful light that can produce wonderous things. Dr. Dale, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Grillo each work with the Invisalign scanner much like a wizard does a wand. During the Invisalign digital scanning process, the orthodontist wields a handheld device that takes a high resolution, interactive image of your teeth in 3D, snapping 6,000 images per second!

    Spells and magic maps for your future smile

    In one adventure, the wizards are bestowed with a magic map that tells them how to achieve their goal and avoid any pitfalls. After scanning your mouth, one of our awesome doctors will use a magic spell (aka powerful computer software) to create a map for your treatment plan. Every step is plotted using multiple aligners that gently (and invisibly!) guide your teeth until they produce a perfect smile: Novos Risus! No worrying about any missteps along the way.

    A potion for almost every ailment

    The study of magic potions is the stock and trade of every budding wizard, seeking out ways to address any situations they may encounter and always tinkering with the formula to make it better. Invisalign has a very similar way of producing results. Over the decades of use, Invisalign technology has improved so that it can treat many cases including crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites, gap teeth, open bites and generally straighten teeth. Tinkering with the technology in the future will allow Invisalign to resolve even more problems.

    Ex nihilo

    The Invisalign aligners are produced from a powerful 3D scanner that seems to create the appliances out of thin air. There is no hocus pocus here though. A fleet of high-tech devices are employed to produce each and every custom-made aligner that is a perfect fit for your mouth. The technology that backs the Invisalign system isn’t magic, it just seems like it!

    Meet our 3 wizards

    If it’s smile magic you want, you have to see the right wizard. You wouldn’t go to Professor Flitwick to learn Transfiguration and you wouldn’t want Professor Binns teaching you Quidditch. Since Madam Pomfrey isn’t readily available, for the straight smile of your dreams, you want to see Dr. Dale, Dr. Lisa or Dr. Grillo! Each of them has extensive experience using Invisalign to straighten young wizards and witches teeth as well as strong experience with adult orthodontics.

    If you are interested in Invisalign for yourself or your teen child, click below to book a complimentary consultation. We can’t wait to meet you!

  • Davis & Davis Presents a New Office and Brand!

    November 29, 2018

    Davis & Davis Presents a New Office and Brand!

    Davis & Davis Orthodontics has exciting news to share! With a goal to create more beautiful smiles in the Great Lakes Bay region, we are expanding our practice to a second location in Bay City, Michigan. In January 2019, our new Invisalign-focused office will open with the name Great Lakes Bay Orthodontics, showcasing our pride in the communities we live in and serve.

    Great Lakes Bay Orthodontics will hold to the same values that patients at Davis & Davis Orthodontics in Midland have come to expect from Drs. Dale and Lisa Davis and Dr. Andrew Grillo. Our community knows Davis & Davis Orthodontics as a family-friendly practice with a 24-year history in providing excellent care while continually implementing cutting-edge technology. We also pride ourselves on a strong sense of community by giving back and contributing wherever we can.

    We are a rare combination—big-picture thinkers who live in the moment. We stay alert to new advances and trends in the orthodontic industry and are quick to incorporate them, but we never lose sight of the importance of being patient-centered. We foster a happy, fun environment for patients and staff. We want every patient to feel a sense of belonging and connectedness. We are motivated to find points of common interest, to make sure every patient knows we care not just about their treatment, but more importantly about them as a person.  

    Straightening teeth is where our story starts, but we keep finding new ways to write better endings. We believe in better and smarter technology. We believe in better connections that lift spirits and brighten lives. We believe in returning something from ourselves to build a better community. Your smile begins here…at Great Lakes Bay Orthodontics! WE BELIEVE IN BETTER!

    We look forward to welcoming patients to our new Bay City location at Great Lakes Bay Orthodontics in January! Call our office to schedule a complimentary consultation- 989-686-7591. Current patients at our original office in Midland can continue to see us there or the new location in Bay City. Please contact us anytime if you’re interested in learning more about our upcoming plans. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have and share more of this exciting news with you.

  • What’s the Difference Between an Orthodontist and a Dentist?

    October 30, 2018

    Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways. Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that deals with the teeth, gum, nerves, and jaw, while orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites, occlusion, and the straightness of teeth. One important difference is that all orthodontists like Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis are dentists, but not all dentists are licensed orthodontists.

    How are they similar?
    The main similarity between a dentist and orthodontist is that they both focus on oral care. An orthodontist can work in a dental office and provide the same care as a dentist. So in this respect, they are quite similar. They are both considered doctors, and deal with the teeth and gums.

    How are they different?
    There are more differences than similarities. An orthodontist requires additional schooling as a dental specialty; the situation is similar to a doctor who obtains additional schooling to become a surgeon. Another difference is that orthodontists specialize in helping patients with the alignment of their teeth, improving their bite, or fitting them for corrective braces and devices. If a patient has an overbite, a dentist will refer him or her to an orthodontist.

    Dentists typically encourage good oral hygiene and provide services related to:

    • Tooth decay
    • Root canals
    • Gum disease
    • Crowns
    • Bridges
    • Veneers
    • Teeth whiteningOrthodontists are dentists that specialize in the alignment of teeth, and provide services related to:
    • Misaligned teeth
    • Crowded teeth
    • Overbite
    • Underbite

     

    What an orthodontist can help with
    Orthodontists help with crooked teeth, but they assist patients with other issues as well. These include overbites and underbites, crossbites, spaces between teeth, overcrowding of teeth, and the treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Additional problems with the jaw also need to be treated by an orthodontist.

    While a dentist may be trained to provide orthodontic care in addition to extractions, TMJ treatments, and fillings, trusting your smile to an orthodontist can better balance the different procedures you require.

    To learn more about the difference between dentists and orthodontists, or to schedule an initial consultation with Drs. Lisa and Dale Davis, please call our team at Davis & Davis Orthodontics.

    Click below to schedule a complimentary consultation and be the first to have your smartphone help straighten your teen’s smile!

     

  • Dr. Grillo Speaks About Joining the Davis & Davis Team

    July 30, 2018

     

    By Dr. Andrew Grillo

    I am thrilled to join the Davis & Davis Orthodontics team! Joining this practice in my hometown is a dream come true and I look forward to contributing to the progressive orthodontic treatment that Drs. Dale and Lisa have been providing for over 20 years. I want to help build on their culture of excellence and strive to be a strong role model in the community that has given so much to me.

    Family is an essential component of my everyday life and the husband and wife dynamic of the Davis doctors attracted me to the welcoming environment that is evident in the practice. I married my high school sweetheart, Lindsey, and we have a one-year-old daughter, Addison. Growing up as the youngest of six children has created a stable foundation for me to rely on and is the reason I am the person I am today. It’s truly a blessing to have my parents and many of my siblings still located in the Great Lakes Bay area.


    I believe that orthodontics is not only about creating beautiful smiles but also about connecting with people in a way that helps establish long-term relationships. My goal is to create a positive rapport with every patient and ultimately enhance self-esteem through a confident smile.

    I am excited to start this journey with the Davis & Davis Orthodontics family and look forward to meeting you soon!

    If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at (989) 631-1334 or email me at drgrillo@midlandsmiles.com