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  • NEW NAME, SAME GAME

    September 20, 2019

    NEW NAME, SAME GAME

    Showcasing our pride in the communities we live in and serve, as of October 1 2019, Davis and Davis Orthodontics in Midland will become Great Lakes Bay Orthodontics! Together with our satellite location in West Branch and our newest location in Bay City, we are excited to create more beautiful smiles in the Great Lakes Bay region!

    Great Lakes Bay Orthodontics holds 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 (who is now officially a partner of our practice this fall!). 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!!

     

  • 7Up Is More Than Just A Soft Drink… It’s Also Great Advice!

    June 10, 2019

     

    Many parents associate braces and orthodontics in general with their teen years but you may be surprised to learn that the best time for your child to have their first orthodontic visit is earlier than you think. We know, we know… they’re still running around the jungle gym. How could they be ready for braces? Actually, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children be seen by an orthodontist at age seven and upward from there (7 & Up!).

    Why age seven?

    By age seven, your child’s mouth has matured enough for a trained orthodontist to spot current issues, and even see the beginnings of future challenges. We can then make corrections that will help guide their jaw and teeth into a healthier place for an easier straight smile later on, minimize crowding, create room for erupting teeth and correct the impact of oral habits like thumb sucking.

    There are many benefits to starting orthodontic treatment as a child, including shorter treatment time, fewer impacted permanent teeth and reduced chance of needing to remove teeth.

    If you recommend early orthodontics for my child, does that mean they won’t need braces as a teen? 

    Early treatment (phase 1) can begin the correction of significant problems, prevent additional problems from developing, and simplify future treatment. Oftentimes, however, additional treatment is still necessary. That said, children who have undergone early orthodontic treatment typically wear braces or Invisalign for a shorter period of time in the teen years than those who have not undergone early intervention. This makes life easier for both them, and you, as both of your schedules get busier and busier.

    If I bring my child to you at age seven are you definitely going to recommend early orthodontics? 

    Every child is different and we customize every treatment plan to the individual. Early treatment does not necessarily benefit all children. Certain types of orthodontic problems can be more easily and efficiently corrected in the teen years when all permanent teeth have come in; some skeletal orthodontic problems should not be addressed until growth is more advanced or complete. Dr. Dale Davis, Dr. Lisa Davis, and Dr. Andrew Grillo develop a customized treatment plan based on each individual child’s needs. 

    In order to create a custom treatment plan for your child, we need to see you! Click below to schedule a complimentary consultation with us. We can’t wait to meet you and your child!

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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.