First introduced in 1999, Invisalign has become a revolutionary alternative to traditional fixed braces and a game changer in the world of Orthodontics. These removable clear aligners offer increased esthetics, comfort, ease of oral hygiene, and some biomechanical advantages over their fixed counterparts. However, if the practitioner is not equipped with the right tools and techniques to achieve the desired outcome in an appropriate amount of time, Invisalign can be a very frustrating experience for the doctor, the dental team, and the patient.
In this quick-paced 30 minute presentation, I will run through my top 10 pearls/tips for Invisalign success that I have been collecting over the past 10 years of attending Invisalign courses and implementing at our practices. Knowing that most dentists now offer Invisalign to their patients, I feel this presentation will take their aligner skills to the next level, produce more predictable outcomes with less refinements, and really make it a more enjoyable (and profitable) experience.
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Dr. Derek Pollard grew up in Coquitlam, British Columbia. He received a Bachelor of Science with honors at Simon Fraser University where he majored in Kinesiology and minored in Biochemistry. After leaving SFU, he headed out east and attended the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry and graduated with honors with a Doctor of Dental Medicine in 2007.
Following graduation, Derek briefly practiced general dentistry in Winnipeg and in Northern Manitoba, and then decided to pursue his passion for Orthodontics. He returned to the University of Manitoba and entered their 3 year Graduate Orthodontic program, obtaining a Masters degree in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in 2011.
That summer, Dr. Pollard and his wife Courtney relocated out to beautiful Kelowna to start the next chapter in their lives… and it’s been a busy one. He opened Mission Creek Orthodontics in February of 2012, opened two satellite practices (Merritt in 2013, West Kelowna in 2015), and recently bought another established orthodontic practice in central Kelowna in 2019.
Aside from work, the Okanagan is a great fit for Derek, as he loves to keep active in his spare time with activities such as skiing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, biking, and golf. Derek and his wife Courtney also have two very energetic kids aged 8 (Isla) and 5 (Clarke) that keep them on their toes.
Dr. Derek Pollard is a fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, a member of the Canadian Dental Association, Canadian Association of Orthodontics, and College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia. He is also the founder of the Kelowna Orthodontic Study Club (KOSC).