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Hand / Wrist X-ray Analysis for Orthodontic Treatment Planning

Copyright StraightSmile Solutions® 2019 StraightSmile Solutions® uses a variation from the Hand Wrist Radiograph from The Atlas of Greulich and Pyle (1959) Why is Growth Prediction Important in Orthodontics? *To understand the potential direction of facial development * Too predict growth potential left * Too stage the onset of treatment timing prior to treatment in […]

IPR

  Note: Please join our IPR webinar on July 11th where we will be giving away a free FitStrip® Kit, value $199! Visit https://www.straightsmilesolutions.com/media/ to register. IPR stands for interproximal reduction. It is the process of creating very small amounts of space between teeth to improve crowding, midlines, or overjet. This blog is intended to […]

Bonded Retainers

Bonded Lingual Retention The prevention of relapse of crowding, rotations or spacing in the maxillary and mandibular anterior segments following orthodontic treatment. Main Types: 1. Lab Custom Cast or 3D Printed 2. In-Office Fabrication For this review, we’ll be discussing creating your bonded retainer in-office. This saves on time and lab fees. 3 Major wires […]

High Margins on Clear Aligners in a General Dental Office

Implementing a clear aligner solution in a general or pediatric dental office is an excellent revenue booster. Many dentists are concerned about high lab fees and low margins. I recommend this basic algorithm to calculate the efficiency of orthodontic services: 1. Run a report of the last five orthodontic cases you’ve completed successfully (D8050-D8090). Calculate […]

Invisalign Assist® vs Invisalign GO!®

Click here to watch our video. With the publication of my blog about Invisalign GO! launch in the United States, there have been many questions about the difference between Invisalign Assist and Go. The Invisalign Assist Package is an aesthetically-oriented treatment (aka anterior movements, not bite correction) option designed for GP’s to treat simple malocclusion […]

My Journey as a Linkedin Influencer

We didn’t learn any business skills in dental school. I do remember a professor putting on some Tony Robbins tapes, but that was the extent of our training. Like other new grads, I was woefully unprepared for the real world. I see new grads reaching out on Facebook forums and I also see a lot […]

Masseter Botox for Dentists

  Click here to watch the video. Intra-oral or masseter Botox is an simple but valuable addition to your menu of services. Although not all states allow dentists to administer therapeutic intra-oral Botox, I believe they should. If you can give an IA injection, you can surely give therapeutic Botox. The benefits are both cosmetic […]

Hot off the Press! Invisalign Go!

click here to watch the video. Today I had the honor of meeting with Mr. Raphael Pascaud, SVP of Business Development at Align Technology. ® His team has granted me permission to blog to my followers about the new Invisalign GO® product which, after some initial beta testing in Europe, is now being launched globally […]

Digital Orthodontic Courses On Demand- Alternative to Fast Braces and Six Month Smiles

Click here to watch a video from our digital education series. DIGITAL COURSES- TURNKEY, CUSTOMIZABLE ORTHODONTIC EDUCATION IN-A-BAG™! As StraightSmile Solutions® celebrates its third anniversary, we are proud to announce our first hands-on course! This is a low-cost, customizable alternative to Six Month Smiles® and Fast Braces®.  Click here to register DigitalCourseTOS or email us at […]

Are Aligners Hurting our Oceans?- Aligner Recycling

Click here to watch the video. I had a disturbing conversation today with Dr.Sherif Kandil (K-Line Europe GmbH) about aligners, aligner fabrication and the environment. I was not aware that neither aligners, nor the models that are utilized to create the aligners are recyclable. I didn’t know that this wasn’t a sustainable manufacturing process and […]