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PIPS and retreatment Oct 13, 2014 | Endodontics USA

PIPS and retreatment

Retreatment can be difficult and time-consuming. The first order of business is to figure out why the primary root canal treatment is failing. Sometimes the answer will be evident after the patient interview, clinical exam and radiographic analysis, but other times the root canal failure is a mystery.

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Tips to navigating a successful practice transition for retiring orthodontists Oct 8, 2014 | Orthodontics USA

Tips to navigating a successful practice transition for retiring orthodontists

If you are an orthodontist considering retirement in the next few years, you are not alone. There are about 9,500 practicing orthodontists in the United States, and the average orthodontist is 54 years old and has been practicing for 23 years. Of these orthodontists, about 200 will retire each year.

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Microendodontics? Oct 7, 2014 | Endodontics USA

Microendodontics?

I don’t like the term “microendodontics.” I like the term “minimally invasive endodontics” better, but they both imply an objective that is not the reality of the changing concepts of what access and shaping results should ideally look like. It’s not about how small you can make an access but about designing treatment protocols that maximize dentin conservation while balancing the need for meeting treatment objectives.

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Where are you now? Where would you like to be? Oct 2, 2014 | Practice Management USA

Where are you now? Where would you like to be?

In a recent speech, a Fortune 500 CEO said that most strategic plans fail because the top decision-makers do not start in the right place. They are unable to answer the question, “Where are we now?” Without this information, business leaders cannot choose the right path to move forward. The same principle applies to orthodontists.

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3 online tips to increase new appointments Oct 2, 2014 | Orthodontics USA

3 online tips to increase new appointments

In today’s connected world, your future patients depend on the Internet to manage almost every aspect of their lives. However, the tremendous expansion of the Internet makes reaching and engaging with them a constant challenge. According to business intelligence firm Domo, every minute 571 new websites are created, more than 100,000 tweets are sent, and Facebook users share 684,478 pieces of content.[1]

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Optimal timing for management of impacted canines Oct 1, 2014 | Orthodontics USA

Optimal timing for management of impacted canines

In this article, I present a case with blocked maxillary canines emphasizing optimal treatment timing and treatment mechanics utilizing a non-extraction approach and Damon System appliances. The pendulum swing for extraction versus non-extraction treatment has definitely taken a non-extraction direction in recent years. This has placed a new emphasis on arch length development or arch enlargement techniques.

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The laws of attraction and your future Sep 30, 2014 | Orthodontics USA

The laws of attraction and your future

Success in orthodontics as in life is often a result of two powers, attraction and desire! You are attracting everything and everyone that comes onto your life. They are attracted to you by the images in your mind or what you are thinking about. If you think of yourself as a magnet (like attracts like), then hold onto the thoughts you want.

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Gentle dentistry: It’s not just for patients Sep 26, 2014 | General Dentistry USA

Gentle dentistry: It’s not just for patients

When patients are looking to establish a dental home, what factors lead them to you and keep them with you? What prepares them for a great patient experience? Is your practice appreciated more for its technical expertise and esthetic excellence, its ergonomic and emotional sustainability or for its pain-reduction strategies and sense of humor?

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Pre-orthodontic options for 21st century parents Sep 19, 2014 | Orthodontics USA

Pre-orthodontic options for 21st century parents

As a matter of routine, when accepting an orthodontic treatment plan, parents are required to acknowledge their children’s teeth could be damaged during treatment. At best, unless they commit to permanent use of a retainer, patients can expect almost definite relapse and worst case scenarios may include enamel damage, root resorption or in the case of corrective jaw surgery, painful lifelong complications.

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Online-review rules you should follow Sep 18, 2014 | Practice Management USA

Online-review rules you should follow

Online reviews dramatically change the way patients choose a dental care provider. Eighty-eight percent of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations.[1] In the highly competitive world of dentistry, online reviews can substantially impact the growth and profitability of your practice. Here are three principles to help you protect your online reputation, ensuring your high-quality reviews get in front of prospective patients searching for a dentist:

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Edentulous patients can benefit from the integration of CBCT data Sep 16, 2014 | General Dentistry USA

Edentulous patients can benefit from the integration of CBCT data

The diagnosis of edentulous patients with the integration of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) data and digital treatment planning results in predictable treatment outcomes. As the new standard of care turns toward technological advances with CBCT scans at the forefront, clinicians and patients benefit from ever increasing accuracy and minimally invasive procedures.

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A BruxZir solid zirconia veneer case Sep 11, 2014 | Cosmetic Dentistry USA

A BruxZir solid zirconia veneer case

Glidewell Laboratories’ weekly web series “Chairside Live” has given us a great opportunity to communicate with clinicians across the nation and educate them on topics that they’re actually interested in learning. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity, episodes can be viewed on-demand at www.chairsidelive.com or on YouTube and iTunes.

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