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August's Tip: How to Run a Successful Orthodontic Practice Vol 2

August's Tip: How to Run a Successful Orthodontic Practice Vol 2

By: Dr. Mark Paschen

Introduction

This is the second in a series of articles outlining How to Run a Successful Orthodontic Practice.  Each team member has specific duties and responsibilities which will all contribute to the success of your practice (in terms of productivity and job satisfaction).  An orthodontic practice is very different, practice management-wise, than a general dentistry practice.  The first article, which appeared in the previous issue, centered on the receptionist.  This article will focus on your hygienist—listing her duties and describing some scripting as it pertains to your orthodontic patients. 

May's Tip: Metallic Ligatures, a Lingual Comfortable Retainer, Fast and Effective

May's Tip: Metallic Ligatures, a Lingual Comfortable Retainer, Fast and Effective

By: Dr. Pedro Colino

The stability of our treatments throughout time, especially on the front section of the

lower teeth (arcade), continues being one of the main concerns of orthodontists and

probably the main reason for consultation for our post-treatment patients. The breakage

or the detachment of the lingual retainers has become a common fact in the orthodontics

consultations, moreover, at the moment, there is no global consensus on which is the

best retention method to prevent the relapse occurring in this anterior lower section.

April's Tip: Treatment of "White Spot Lesions" After Removal of Fixed Orthodontic Appliances

April's Tip: Treatment of "White Spot Lesions" After Removal of Fixed Orthodontic Appliances

By; Dr. Derek Mahony

Demineralized white spot lesions occur frequently after orthodontic treatment.  Some teeth are more prone to demineralization (typically the maxillary lateral incisors and the mandibular canine teeth).  The disto-gingival area of the labial enamel surface is the area most commonly affected (Figure 1).  In the First few weeks after removal of the fixed appliances, there is a reduction in white spot lesion size and appearance, possibly due to the action of saliva (Figure 2).

February's Tip: How to Run a Successful Orthodontic Practice

February's Tip: How to Run a Successful Orthodontic Practice

By: Dr. Mark Paschen

Introduction
This is the first in a series of articles outlining how to successfully implement orthodontics within your general dentistry practice. I am not a consultant but a "wet-fingered" dentist like the rest of you. About ten years ago, I made the decision to convert my general practice into an orthodontic-focused practice, and I stopped doing general dentistry. I had four partners and two associates in a fee-for-service office, and I thought the conversion would be simple due to a built-in referral base. I was totally wrong in that assumption and within six months of the conversion, my gross production dropped by 50%. I was on a downward spiral. New orthodontic patients were not scheduling, especially since I didn't have my own hygiene pool from which to get new patients.