Peace begins with a smile—so goes the famous saying by Mother Teresa. But for some people, crooked teeth might be keeping them from smiling—and frankly, from being at peace. Fortunately, with today’s advances in orthodontics, it’s become easier than ever before to make corrections.
Morrone, Kaye & Yucha Orthodontics, a family-run practice started in 1995 by a husband and wife team, Drs. Mary Beth Morrone and Richard Kaye—and joined by Dr. Benjamin Yucha two years ago—has had the opportunity to see the field transform into an era of digital dentistry. For patients, that’s meant some tremendous advantages.
Gone are the days of “gooey impressions, which have been re- placed by 3D digital scanners,” says Dr. Yucha. And there’s no question that the introduction of Invisalign has been a “huge paradigm shift,” he adds. Now teeth can be “digitally moved.”
“With more digital tools at our disposal, treatment is faster, more efficient and less painful,” Dr. Yucha adds. “That has made treatment more feasible for many adults who didn’t want to repeat going through painful brackets and wires. With digital tooth movement, treatment is overall less time consuming.”
The accuracy is also incredibly precise. Clear plastic trays, like Invisalign, which are made from digital impressions and cover all of the teeth, give the orthodontist much more control, explains Dr. Kaye.
“The more surface area that you cover, the better the opportunity to move a tooth in exactly the right direction,” he continues. “A metal brace only covers a very small surface area. Honestly, this is a game-changer in the field. As long as the patient is following through and wearing their trays, there is no way that we can deliver a poor result.”
The doctors also say the aesthetics of clear plastic—and the ability to adjust to them—is much easier than traditional metal brackets and wires.
Unfortunately, with the rise of digital tooth movement, a new trend has also emerged—mail-order orthodontics. While people may be drawn to the convenience of this idea, the doctors warn that it is no replacement for a real-life professional.
“The truth is, there is more to orthodontics than just straightening teeth,” Dr. Yucha says. “When you’re not taking the bite into account, which is common in mailorder orthodontics, you could actually make the bite worse. There have been incidents reported where patients could no longer touch down on their back teeth. If you’re not seeing a doctor for periodic check-ins and evaluations, problems can arise. But when you’re seeing the orthodontist periodically, they can make adjustments to fix small problems before they become serious.”
However, the practice recognizes the appeal of the concept and it has given them the idea of performing digital consultations in their future.
“We know that for adults, in particular, it’s all about convenience and as we begin to get into digital consultations, we can really limit the amount of time that the patients need to physically come into the office,” Dr. Morrone says. “We do see that is where the field is going.”
And there is no question that the practice is on board for changes as they come. Having been involved in the field of orthodontics for 30 years, Dr. Kaye says it’s been amazing to witness the evolution. When he and Dr. Morrone brought Dr. Yucha on board two years ago, they loved the fact that he had been brought up and taught in the age of digital orthodontics. They also loved that he shared a similar vision for the future of their practice.
“While we have no intentions of slowing down right now, at some point, we know that we will,” says Dr. Morrone. “We did not want to have a corporate entity take over our practice. We want to be able to remain the community practice that we are now. And we want to know there is someone who would provide the consistency of care we’ve always offered and could bring this practice into the future. Dr. Yucha is the perfect fit.”
Morrone, Kaye & Yucha Orthodontics
99 W. Main St.
Moorestown | (856) 234-4044
120 Madison Ave., Suite F
Mount Holly | (609) 267-1221
Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 12 (February 2020).
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