Here’s the latest stats, last I heard, on the future of orthodontics in the US:
52% of all orthodontic cases are being completed by GP’s.
82% of GP’s and Pediatric Dentists are offering orthodontic solutions.
Access to care is here, and patients are thrilled to have more convenient, local orthodontic options.
2017 brings upon the expiration of some of Align®’s patents, so now there are literally dozens of aligner, IDB (Indirect Bonding) and Pediatric Phase I Functional Appliance Solutions available in the US alone.
Lab fees are dropping and technology is becoming more simple and affordable. Every General Dentist should be offering BOTH an aligner and an IDB solution in their office.
Patient preference- Options are a great practice-builder.
Patient compliance- Not all patients will be compliant with a removable appliance.
Better outcomes- Not all bio-mechanical movements are optimized with one solution alone.
What about kids? Does your Phase I Orthodontic solutions address habits? How do you, address habits in kids? Positive reinforcement? Negative reinforcement? Wait until the 6’s come in and make an appliance?
There are a myriad of different habits that can disrupt the outcome of a seemingly simple orthodontic case: digit-sucking, thumb-sucking, lip-sucking, mouth-breathing, abnormal-tongue resting position, tongue-thrust, reverse tongue-thrust and backwards-swallow, just to name a few.
It’s important to incorporate a habit solution into all your orthodontic cases to ensure optimal outcomes.
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