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

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

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.

January's Tip: 10 Reasons to Thank Your Patients

January's Tip: 10 Reasons to Thank Your Patients

Having an attitude of gratitude towards all interactions with people in your practice has great benefits. You will improve patient loyalty and, as a provider of services, feel good about your service and profession.
Gratitude is one of the foundational relationship strategies that I teach to a dental team, and for many reasons. Here is one: in a study conducted in the United States on law suites against doctors, statistics revealed that patients with a strong sense of relationship with their doctor were less likely to file legal action, even following tragic mistakes and misdiagnoses. The common view of those who did file law suites was that they had no sense of connection to their doctors. This demonstrates the power of building connections with your patients.

December's Tip: Keeping Wires in Self-Litigating Brackets

December's Tip: Keeping Wires in Self-Litigating Brackets

Keeping Wires in Self-Litigating Brackets By: Dr. Thomas Hughes

Today more and more practitioners are using true self-ligating brackets (brackets that have doors that don't put any pressure on the arch wires) and now need to find a way to keep the wires they use from sliding out of the brackets and pocking their patients.
I'll show you two ways to solve this problem and hopefully make using these brackets more comfortable for your patients.

November's Tip: Incorporating good protocol in fixed lingual retention

 November's Tip: Incorporating good protocol in fixed lingual retention

By: Dr. Pierre Pellan

Has it ever happened to you…a patient is scheduled to get her or his braces off, occupying a good 2 hours of chair time? Then, while you were just about to start a new consultation, your auxiliary is gently waving her hand to you through the door window and wants to talk to you: this patient noticed that the two front teeth slightly moved out of alignment in the past few days, and is wondering if it might correct itself after braces will be off…of course, that is not going to happen...

September's Tip: Nustar Self Ligating Brackets & Archwire Sequencing

September's Tip: Nustar Self Ligating Brackets & Archwire Sequencing

By: Dr. Jay Gerber

If you have used or are considering using passive self-ligating brackets, please read the following for some great tips. Here at the Center for Occlusal Studies we have used six or more types of SLBs. Currently the bracket of choice is the Nustar Passive Self Ligating bracket from OrthoArch. The recommended Rx is the MBT which exhibits excellent anterior torqueing and possess superior up-righting capability for the lower posteriors. 

August Tip: From Concept TO Reality...Practically

August Tip: From Concept TO Reality...Practically

By: Dr. William Buckley

In the last two Ortho points that I wrote, I have covered the intellectual portion of why Functional Occlusion is of paramount importance to Orthodontics. I also covered the background research that our "Orthodontic Forbearers" did to try and determine is there such a thing as orthodontic stability, and can they reduce it to a formula applicable to cephalometric measurements

My intention, in this article, is to make the use of Centric Related Occlusion common practice in your office.