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Clear aligner therapy: Begin with the end in mind Sep 7, 2016 | Orthodontics USA

Clear aligner therapy: Begin with the end in mind

Forty-one years ago, when I began my journey as an orthodontist, I was fortunate to have been invited to associate with Dr. Robert Ricketts and Dr. Ruel Bench in their Pacific Palisades, Calif., practice. During those 11 years of working closely with them, I learned many valuable lessons, but the one I call upon every day in my practice is to “begin with the end in mind.” In other words, visualize the treatment objectives before starting the treatment.

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Improve your leadership skills today Sep 6, 2016 | General Dentistry USA

Improve your leadership skills today

Running a successful dental practice calls on not just your expertise in dentistry but also on your leadership abilities. Being an effective leader will help you focus your staff and your partners on creating and maintaining the kind of dental practice that you can be proud of. The following eight areas of focus can help practice owners and other dental professionals develop and strengthen leadership skills:

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Historical overview of orthodontic education, from the beginning up to the 21st century (Part 4) Aug 16, 2016 | Orthodontics USA

Historical overview of orthodontic education, from the beginning up to the 21st century (Part 4)

In 2002, 300 full-time faculty positions were unfilled, and an additional 200 to 600 new faculty members would be needed every year thereafter (Trotman, Bennett, Scheffler and Tulloch, 2002). The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the American Association of Orthodontists established task forces to study this shortage, which they declared was at a crisis level and that academe was no longer an attractive career option (Trotman et al., 2002; Peck, 2003).

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Upper and lower dentures on Rhein83 components Aug 5, 2016 | Implantology USA

Upper and lower dentures on Rhein83 components

In this clinical case are illustrated in a very schematic way some stages of the realization of an upper and lower overdenture on eight implants, four on the upper and four on the lower jaw (Fig. 1). This solution will provide greater stability to the prosthesis during the phonation and the chewing functions, allowing the patient to relate in their social sphere with safety and confidence.

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Central details: Smile renewed with esthetic Obsidian crown Aug 1, 2016 | Cosmetic Dentistry USA

Central details: Smile renewed with esthetic Obsidian crown

In the anterior region where esthetics are paramount, certain complications can preclude the use of all-ceramic material. The task then becomes finding a material worthy of the anterior with the durability to meet precise standards. Obsidian Lithium Silicate Ceramic Pressed to Metal (Prismatik Dentalcraft Inc.; Irvine, Calif.) puts an innovative spin on PFMs, with traditional porcelain passed over for lithium silicate ceramic.

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Power-driven acceleration with Propel’s Excellerator PT Jul 27, 2016 | Orthodontics USA

Power-driven acceleration with Propel’s Excellerator PT

The patient goal of shortening orthodontic treatment time is not new. It has only been in the last several years that orthodontists have had practical, cost-efficient options to meet this long-held patient desire. I view offering accelerated treatment as critical to the future success of my practice, particularly at a time when adult starts are outpacing slow growth in overall treatment starts.

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Location, location, location Jul 25, 2016 | Practice Management USA

Location, location, location

In real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. In dentistry, it’s also about location, and that certainly was the case for Dr. Monica Garnache. Many dentists who own or work with an Aspen Dental-branded practice join Aspen after getting a taste of private practice. But Garnache took a different route on her way to owning multiple Aspen Dental practices.

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Protecting digital tools: Intraoral sensor care and maintenance Jul 22, 2016 | Dental Hygiene USA

Protecting digital tools: Intraoral sensor care and maintenance

Technology is one of the biggest investments that a dental practice will make, and intraoral sensors are among one of the first tools dentists invest in before going 100 percent digital. There are many considerations when choosing a sensor: size/sizes, integration, service and support, return on investment, and cost. To protect your investment, ongoing sensor care and maintenance are critical right from the start.

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Bioactive materials: A new approach to dental care Jul 19, 2016 | Overview USA

Bioactive materials: A new approach to dental care

Today’s new and innovative technologies hold a great potential to improve oral health and advance dental care. One of those budding technologies is evident in the ACTIVA BioACTIVE product range (Pulpdent, USA). As part of a new class of esthetic, bioactive restorative dental materials, it offers an alternative to traditional composite restoratives and delivers direct benefits to dentists and patients.

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How to hire the right staff Jun 24, 2016 | Practice Management USA

How to hire the right staff

It surprises me how often I meet orthodontists who bring up the challenges of hiring great employees for their practice. Finding and retaining good people can be hard. In fact, mis-hiring is far more costly than most of us realize. For example, you hire someone who leaves after only four months on the job; you may think that your loss is the four months of salary for that employee.

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Screening for a new revenue source in your own practice Jun 22, 2016 | Orthodontics USA

Screening for a new revenue source in your own practice

Most dental professionals, by now, should be well aware of the rapid changes altering the dental playing field. The market-driven changes, such as corporatization of the industry and oversupply of new dental graduates, have been well highlighted in professional publications, and despite an increase in the frequency of dental caries, particularly in young children, after decades of decreasing incidence, the dental profession, unlike its medical counterpart, relies on the ability to treat just a handful ...

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Study: Graft can help improve gums’ support for existing implants Jun 16, 2016 | Implantology USA

Study: Graft can help improve gums’ support for existing implants

Dental implants are usually needed when teeth are lost because of gum disease or injury to the soft tissues that support and protect the teeth. These same problems can affect the soft tissue that protects dental implants. These clinical soft-tissue issues can make it a challenge to place fixed dentures or crowns. A recent article in the Journal of Oral Implantology explains how a newer type of xenograft can help improve the existing soft-tissue support for existing dental implants.

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