Innovative Technologies

Innovative technologies are an integral part of our practice. Here are some samples of the technology we employ:

blonde smileSelf-Ligating Braces

Dr. McElhinney is an exclusive  provider of Damon System braces and treatment techniques in this area.   The Damon System offers major advantages over traditional brace sytems.  These advancements include smaller, redesigned brackets in both stain resistant clear and metal, high-tech, heat sensitive wires, indirect bonding techniques, and virtual models of teeth, all of which add up to shorter treatment times with less discomfort.  Self-ligating braces offer better oral hygiene, especially in children, fewer visits and simplified procedures for our patients.

Insignia-   Like fingerprints, your smile is unique.  And so is Insignia, a computerized system that combines digital treatment planning with specially made brackets and wires tailored to your specific dental anatomy.  Ideal for everyone, you can see your end result before starting treatment.  Utilizing the 3-D presentation of your exact tooth positioning, you are able to view, with precision accuracy, the best smile specifically proportioned to your facial features.  Insignia creates a layer of meticulous detail that provides fast, accurate and predictable results.

Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen

These clear "aligners" work well for older teens and adults who would prefer an aesthetic approach to improving thier smile.  Not all patients are candidates for Invisalign treatment and should seek a specialist who recognizes the capabilities of Invisalign.   Recognized as a "Premier Provider" by Invisalign, Dr. McElhinney has been using this evolving technology since the year 2000.

Laser Gum Therapy

Dr. McElhinney has been using a painless laser to control excessive gum tissue, artistically sculpt uneven gum contours, and allow for speedy placement of brackets on slow-erupting or impacted teeth.  

Digital Patient Charting

We are nearly paperless. Each assistant has their own computer to quickly record the day's events. Patients love signing themselves in at our touch screen computer.

Digital Imaging

Our high resolution computer imaging system allows you to view photos of both before and after orthodontic treatment.

Digital Radiography

Only necessary radiographs are taken on a state-of-the-art digital radiography machine which utilizes less radiation exposure than conventional X-ray machines.

Lythos Digital Impression System

Great orthodontic experiences are important to us.   Of the many procedures, most patients agree that impressions are the least favorite. Lythos gives us the ability to use a handheld intraoral three dimensional imager to replace traditional impressions.  No mess, no material in the mouth, just awesome.  A 3D image of the teeth is sent to our various labs for the needed appliances.  


Dr. McElhinney feels strongly about infection control. We use as many disposable items as possible and items that are not disposable, such as dental instruments, are heat sterilized. Our system consists of individual trays for each patient. The sterilization process consists of ultrasonic treatment for removing any debris from the instruments, water rinse and then sterilization. A sterilization monitoring system is used as further insurance that we are indeed providing the cleanest environment possible.

Enhanced Web Services

Through our web services, our patients have the option to receive e-mail appointment reminders, check their appointment times online, review their "before and after" photos and receive our monthly newsletter. This web service is available 24/7 and is a convenient way for our patients to stay connected to our office from home!

In-House Lab

We employ the finest lab technician in Ohio! Patty makes almost all of the appliances used in this practice. With her artistic touch we are able to provide fun colors and designs to our retainers and appliances for a more enjoyable experience. This service provides a quick turn around for our patients' appliance needs.


Miles of Smiles