Blog

Dr. Eric Wu is Featured in Progressive Orthodontist Magazine!

Whether you’re a patient at Wu Orthodontics or not, you’ve probably heard of clear aligner therapy as an option for orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners allow patients to straighten their teeth with the same results as traditional braces without anyone noticing. While the technological development of clear aligners to straighten teeth has made great strides in changing the orthodontic industry, one company has taken it a step further.

In the Q4 issue of The Progressive Orthodontist magazine, Dr. Eric Wu explains his experience with the uDesign digital treatment planning software created by uLab Systems. “The orthodontic space is rapidly changing and with a practice based in the heart of Silicon Valley, I’m fortunate to have a front row seat to the latest innovations and technology,” says Dr. Wu. “uLab is an FDA-cleared treatment planning software designed to empower orthodontists to plan clear aligner cases right in their office in as little as 10 mins.”

uDesign allows orthodontists, like Dr. Wu, the freedom to control all aspects of clear aligner therapy like never before. From treatment planning to contouring and branding, uLab’s innovative technology makes in-house printing easy with six simple steps: uScan, uDesign, uPrint, uForm, uContour, and uBrand.

Patients can now complete a consultation and begin clear aligner therapy with custom aligners in the same day. Not only does this save time for our patients, but it has also cut lab expenses for the practice by as much as 60%.

To find out more about Dr. Wu’s experience with the uDesign treatment planning system, click here to read the article.

Busting Invisalign Myths

woman placing clear aligner into mouthIt can be a scary experience when you are given a referral to see an orthodontist or considering improving your smile. Braces are grounds for embarrassment for the self-conscious teen and the up-and-coming professional. Having a mouth full of metal to clean around, eat around, and live around can be daunting.

The option that many may overlook when searching for orthodontic treatment is Invisalign, the nearly invisible alternative to braces. Some people may write this treatment option off due to price or success rate – but we’re here to bust those Invisalign myths! Read More

New Year, New Me

Wu Orthodontics Palo Alto CA helpful tips oral hygiene 2019At the start of each new year, we often hear people say, “New year, new me.” But what exactly does that mean? At Wu Orthodontics, we say “New year, new smile, better hygiene.”

To help you start the new year with a great smile and better oral health, we’ve come up with a list of essentials you will need to achieve this new year’s resolution.

Floss

Simply brushing your teeth does not always get to the hard-to-reach areas. Flossing is one of the most effective ways to prevent cavities, fight bad breath, tartar buildup, gum disease and improve your appearance. Make sure floss is part of your at-home dental care routine in the new year to maintain your bright smile.

Read More

The Impact of Smoking on Your Oral Health

Orthodontist Dr Eric Wu at Wu Orthodontics in Palo Alto discusses the risks and effects of smoking on teeth gums and mouthWhen it comes to smoking, we’ve all been reminded constantly of the effects it can have on our overall health. In most cases, lung cancer is often the disease of choice that is a result of smoking. However, the damaging effects of smoking don’t stop there. Do you know the negative effects smoking can have on your oral health as well? Stained teeth and bad breath are just the beginning. At Wu Orthodontics, we’ll help you understand the true cost of smoking as it relates to your teeth, gums and oral health.

Gum Disease

It starts with inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, the inflammation can lead to serious damage of the gum tissue, tooth loss and even bone loss in the jaw. Serious infections can also happen if the bacteria from any of the above mentioned gets into the bloodstream.

It is important to note that gum disease in those who smoke can be harder to treat. Smoking doubles the risk of developing gum disease due to the overwhelming number of toxins it introduces into the mouth.

Read More