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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.

January's Tip: 10 Reasons to Thank Your Patients

January's Tip: 10 Reasons to Thank Your Patients

By: Penny Tremblay, ACG, CL

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

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.