Straight Smile Solutions

How Can StraightSmile Solutions® Help Me Get a Job in the Dental Industry?

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Shhhh….StraightSmile Solutions® does much more than orthodontic coaching! Yes, we work with General and Pediatric Dentists every day to incorporate orthodontics productively into their practices, but that’s not all! With over 10,000 connections to date and hundreds more added every day through our numerous social media channels, we are the hottest, trending, comprehensive dental placement and recruiting agency in the US today!

What makes us unique, is that this is a FREE service to our Concierge Clients. For more information on how to subscribe, visit www.straightsmilesolutions.com/services/. We don’t just find you a job in the dental industry, we help you get it, get licensed and negotiate a fair salary and comp package! Dr. Amanda and her team are experts on Dental Licensure, Dental Practice Acts and Licensure by Credentials since 2004 and have successfully assisted in licensing hundreds of dentists over the years. We have even drafted, lobbied and passed state dental licensure by credentials bills.

Once you land your dream job and obtain your new dental license, you’ll need to negotiate a fair comp package. We know dentistry and we know the market and industry and what’s fair in your state. We’ll work together with your attorney to help you get a fair compensation package.

If you have questions, about our services, we even offer a complimentary coaching and placement session. Just visit our website at www.straightsmilesolutions.com.

StraightSmile Solutions is the future of orthodontic coaching. We are the first online portal to provide a doctor-to-doctor consulting service that will allow GP’s and their teams to access the knowledge and expertise of an industry expert, in order to enhance information sharing and efficiency in problem solving. I hope to revolutionize orthodontic coaching. As compared to other orthodontic coaching service providers, StraightSmile Solutions is a full-time business. We are independent and not run alongside a clinical practice. We commit our full energy to coaching, and YOU reap the benefits! We pride ourselves on lightning-fast service and responsiveness. StraightSmile Solutions is time and cost-efficient. Our services are available exclusively online. Of the over 128,000 general dentists in the U.S., most have little to no formal educational training in orthodontics. Those who do seek training often have to resort to expensive and time-consuming weekend services. You learn on the job through trial and error, but those errors can be expensive and unfortunate for both patients and doctors. We aim to fill the gap in the market for quality and efficient coaching to provide valuable solutions for doctors and their teams, and subsequent positive outcomes in the quality of patient care.

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Five Reasons Why StraightSmile Solutions® Won’t Approve Your Product

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StraightSmile Solutions® is the first global orthodontic coaching and consulting company lead by an Orthodontist that incorporating the target demographic of General and Pediatric Dentists. We coach dentists and their teams on how to productively and accurately integrate orthodontics into their practices.

Since it’s inception in Summer 2016, the StraightSmile Solutions® Team has had a blast getting to know thousands of dentists, teams and vendors. Since we aren’t directly affiliated with any particular vendor, appliance or solution, we can remain unbiased in our recommendations.

Consumers and customers come to us via our portal, e-mail, Linked-in, Facebook or any one of dozens of social media channels to ask important questions and obtain treatment and vendor recommendations. One of the most enjoyable facets of leading this company is getting to meet with the best and brightest minds in the orthodontic industry.

You may wonder what it takes to obtain the StraightSmile Solutions virtual “stamp” of approval? Unfortunately, all too often, products and vendors don’t make the grade. An approved company or product must meet the following criteria:

1. Fill an important and current space in the orthodontic industry
2. Present quality in materials and fabrication and design
3. Have literature or research to support the product
4. Incorporate friendly training and on-boarding procedures and future provider support
5. Include a Management/Leadership Team that is willing to accurately and readily address future questions and concerns

StraightSmile Solutions is the future of orthodontic coaching. We are the first online portal to provide a doctor-to-doctor consulting service that will allow GPs and their teams to access the knowledge and expertise of an industry expert, in order to enhance information sharing and efficiency in problem solving. I hope to revolutionize orthodontic coaching. As compared to other orthodontic coaching service providers, StraightSmile Solutions is a full-time business. We are independent and not run alongside a clinical practice. We commit our full energy to coaching, and YOU reap the benefits! We pride ourselves on lightning-fast service and responsiveness. StraightSmile Solutions is time and cost-efficient. Our services are available exclusively online. Of the over 128,000 general dentists in the U.S., most have little to no formal educational training in orthodontics. Those who do seek training often have to resort to expensive and time-consuming weekend services. You learn on the job through trial and error, but those errors can be expensive and unfortunate for both patients and doctors. We aim to fill the gap in the market for quality and efficient coaching to provide valuable solutions for doctors and their teams, and subsequent positive outcomes in the quality of patient care.

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The Top Three Reasons Why Orthodontists Support StraightSmile Solutions®

If you haven’t heard the buzz, StraightSmile Solutions® is the latest, cutting-edge dental service on the market and, Orthodontists are embracing it! Here are a few reasons why:

1. StraightSmile Solutions® aims not to disrupt the practice of orthodontics, but rather to bolster it by supporting dentists and their teams to incorporate orthodontics into their comprehensive treatment plans and to evaluate the need for orthodontics in every patient. This will ultimately boost both the quantity and quality of referrals to local orthodontists.

2. Our team loves Orthodontists and knows the best and brightest in every metro area! We keep connected with Orthodontists in every local community so we know to whom to direct our PCD referrals.

3. Our practice isn’t limited to General Dentists and Pediatric Dentists! We boast many Orthodontists as clients and are glad to offer complimentary coaching services to every licensed Orthodontist. There are so many new products and services on the market, it’s hard to keep-up. Orthodontists can simply click on the professional courtesy scheduling link to chat with the StraightSmile Solutions staff at: https://calendly.com/straightsmilesolutions/20min

At StraightSmile Solutions®, doctors will receive a service that is unparalleled in terms of communication and responsiveness. We allot exclusive time to a limited number of clients so that each can be provided each a customized consultancy experience. Coaching communication can be conducted via any format of media that works for you: phone, video chat, HIPPA-compliant electronic communication portal, or in-office training provided in any state.

The coaching experience itself is customized for all clients, providing a variety of options and membership plans. We can consult on any orthodontic service, process, vendor or procedure. We can also coach and train-up your teams: doctor case selection, to treatment-plan coaching, orthodontic education, hygiene hand-offs and scripting, dental assistant education. Our coaching is targeted to enable clients to offer the best practice in orthodontics.

Are you ready to improve and enhance your orthodontist practice to grow your production and expand your patient base and ultimate satisfaction? If so, don’t wait and get started today! www.straightsmilesolutions.com

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Why Every Invisalign® Provider Needs to Become Certified in Six Month Smiles®

You may have seen my post earlier this week: I proudly became one of the few orthodontists to become certified as a Six Month Smiles® provider. Over the years, I’ve coached hundreds of General Dentists with various aligner systems. All too often, finishing cases is a significant barrier to overcome and trying to educate General Dentists who have no knowledge of basic straightwire biomechanics is a challenge at its core.

While taking the class this weekend, I concluded that the Six Month Smiles® class is an excellent supplement for any General Dentist who offers Invisalign®, Clear Correct®, or any other alternative aligner product. The ability to confidently use straight wire sectional mechanics to correct a stubborn canine rotation, premolar cross-bite, or tipped molar at the end of treatment concurrently with aligner treatment would improve outcomes and standards of care.

Refinements, revisions, and additional aligners with various attachments are always surely an option, but for patients who are notoriously inpatient, having these tools and tricks up your sleeve will improve your confidence, speed, and outcomes, and ultimately patient’s satisfaction and referrals.

If you are not familiar with the Six Month Smiles L1 course, please visit my previous posts and articles. It’s a rigorous 15-hour didactic, socratic, and hands-on laboratory class. You’ll interact with other classmates, mentors, and clinical instructors. Although the class certifies you in basic straight wire mechanics, all these mechanics are also applicable to aligners and aligner mechanics. The tricks, tools, and tips from the experienced clinical instructors are invaluable to any General Dentist offering Invisalign®, Clear Correct®, or any other aligner system on the market.

The provider forum is by far the hidden pearl of Six Month Smiles®. It truly is an incredible resource for certified doctors; dozens of approved Six Month Smiles mentors and clinical instructors moderate the HIPPA-Compliant forum and accurately answer clinical questions asked by the certified doctors. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to review a number of forums for various vendors and orthodontic solutions, but without giving out proprietary information, I can confidently say that this Six Month Smiles® forum is, by far, superior to any other forum.

StraightSmile Solutions is the future of orthodontic coaching. We are the first online portal to provide a doctor-to-doctor consulting service that will allow GPs and their teams to access the knowledge and expertise of an industry expert, in order to enhance information sharing and efficiency in problem solving. I hope to revolutionize orthodontic coaching. As compared to other orthodontic coaching service providers, StraightSmile Solutions is a full-time business. We are independent and not run alongside a clinical practice. We commit our full energy to coaching, and YOU reap the benefits! We pride ourselves on lightning-fast service and responsiveness. StraightSmile Solutions is time and cost-efficient. Our services are available exclusively online. Of the over 128,000 general dentists in the U.S., most have little to no formal educational training in orthodontics. Those who do seek training often have to resort to expensive and time-consuming weekend services. You learn on the job through trial and error, but those errors can be expensive and unfortunate for both patients and doctors. We aim to fill the gap in the market for quality and efficient coaching to provide valuable solutions for doctors and their teams, and subsequent positive outcomes in the quality of patient care.

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What It’s Really Like to Get Certified by Six Month Smiles in the L1 Course®

number-1019724_1920I did it–I successfully completed the L1 course from Six Month Smiles. As an Orthodontist with 10+ years of clinical experience with thousands of fixed and removable outcomes under my belt, this may by counter-intuitive. Truthfully, Six Month Smiles certification has been on my orthodontic bucket-list for years now. It’s a wildly successful brand, both nationally and internationally. Doctors rave about the services, support, and experience. I wanted to know the “secret sauce”.

Years ago, I realized that the orthodontic industry was changing. The technology was drastically evolving and tens of thousands of General and Pediatric Dentists were jumping on the bandwagon to provide esthetic and anterior orthodontic options to their patients. My referrals were dramatically dropping. I chose to re-invent myself to ride the wave of success instead of paddling upstream in an angry rage, like many of my colleagues. After three years of experience in management and consulting with major orthodontic companies and DSOs, I eventually established my own company, StraightSmile Solutions®: it’s a virtual orthodontic coaching company that caters to General and Pediatric Dentists, utilizing HIPPA-compliant communication platforms. Taking the Six Month Smiles® course was just one of the many goals I achieved to educate myself to support my StraightSmile Solutions® clients.

Quite honestly, the Six Month Smiles L1 Course was the most enjoyable and productive course I’ve taken in years, if not in decades. You should anticipate two solid days of lectures and hands-on workshops. Your brain will be totally exhausted by the end. The speaker, Dr. Brooks Haney, was a GP from Dallas; he was experienced, enthusiastic, and confident while gearing the material entirely towards restorative dentists. The content was en-pointe and current.

After three years almost exclusively in the aligner industry, it was a great refresher course for me, and it was jammed-packed with biomechanical and management tips that took me a decade to collect as a Clinical Orthodontist. I also agreed with everything the speaker said except, I am not a huge fan of running OCS on 16 Ni-Ti 022 slot and I also like to run my anterior power chain mesial to mesial. The construction of the clear brackets made this mechanic a bit tricky. Besides that, I was a fan of the content.

You can take your team, but some of the L1 course wasn’t applicable towards groups. In my opinion, in the future, it would be great if Six Month Smiles would establish some break-out sessions for teams.

Most of the attendees were young doctors and they were friendly and communicative; they came from all over world. I enjoyed meeting them, and in the evenings and breaks, they were social and collaborative. Many participants told me that they made new friends and connections. These professional connections continue as all attendees are given access to the provider forum upon successful completion of the course. I found the administrative staff to be friendly, engaging, and supportive. The catering, venue, and experience were superior and I appreciated that they booked a block of rooms at the Westin at a very reasonable rate. They also accommodated a variety of dietary preferences and restrictions. This was a first for dental conferences and was greatly appreciated by many attendees.

The provider forum is, by far, the hidden pearl of Six Month Smiles. It truly is an incredible resource for certified doctors. Dozens of approved Six Month Smiles Mentors and Clinical Instructors moderate the HIPPA-Compliant forum and efficiently and accurately answer the clinical questions of the certified doctors. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to review a number of forums for various vendors and orthodontic solutions; but, without giving out proprietary information, I can confidently say that this Six Month Smiles® forum was superior. I spoke to several L2 students at the concurrent course and they raved about this support network for their production and clinical outcome.

If you aren’t familiar with the Six Month Smile® product, the lab fee is less than half of other competitive aligner products on the market, but the outcome is the same. Overall, you’ll take home significantly more profit on a comparable case. Certainly, fixed appliances aren’t the best fit for all patients, but I can confidently say, for a comparable certification cost, that you’ll learn a lot more orthodontics at a Six Month Smiles® L1 course than you will at a 4-hour Invisalign® certification course.

Ultimately, I was very pleased by this course and would recommend it to all General and Pediatric Dentists. The 15 CE Units were well-earned, and it was a much more efficient and productive use of my time than attending ADA.

I look forward to connecting with many of my new friends and colleagues on the forum. Please message me to connect and I’ll see you at the L2 Course in Atlanta in May!

StraightSmile Solutions is the future of orthodontic coaching. We are the first online portal to provide a doctor-to-doctor consulting service that will allow GP’s and their teams to access the knowledge and expertise of an industry expert, in order to enhance information sharing and efficiency in problem solving. I hope to revolutionize orthodontic coaching. As compared to other orthodontic coaching service providers, StraightSmile Solutions is a full-time business. We are independent and not run alongside a clinical practice. We commit our full energy to coaching, and YOU reap the benefits! We pride ourselves on lightning-fast service and responsiveness. StraightSmile Solutions is time and cost-efficient. Our services are available exclusively online. Of the over 128,000 general dentists in the U.S., most have little to no formal educational training in orthodontics. Those who do seek training often have to resort to expensive and time-consuming weekend services. You learn on the job through trial and error, but those errors can be expensive and unfortunate for both patients and doctors. We aim to fill the gap in the market for quality and efficient coaching to provide valuable solutions for doctors and their teams, and subsequent positive outcomes in the quality of patient care.

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Why DSOs Need StraightSmile Solutions® to Hit the Jackpot

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Like it or not, corporate dentistry is infiltrating the private dental space at an accelerated rate. With the changes to the healthcare insurance platform from the previous presidential administration and the ever-increasing insurance premiums, patients are flocking to lower-cost insurance programs and DSOs.

Hygiene and pedo patients are virtual gold nuggets for any orthodontic provider, and DSOs have an incredible abundance of them. The archaic stepwise process of referring these potentially simple orthodontic cases to the in-house orthodontist often results in significant attrition and loss of production. By requiring that orthodontic consults be referred to the in-house orthodontist, a DSO is losing valuable production and reducing the overall standard-of-care by failing to promptly address the patient’s periodontal and esthetic concerns.

As an Orthodontist, I recognize that some cases should be treated by a licensed Orthodontist for best outcome, but who says that a “best outcome” is always the best for the patient? Often, patients are simply looking for an esthetic compromised solution and this can, and should, easily be treated by the patient’s General Dentist. Today, fortunately, there are a plethora of orthodontic vendors with a multitude of systems that fit any budget in any case. Aligners? Cosmetic Braces? StraightSmile Solutions® works with all systems and can find the right system for you and your team.

So, what does StraightSmile Solutions® have to do with DSOs? StraightSmile Solutions® is the missing link in this intricate process. One cannot expect the executives at the major DSOs to understand all the dozens of orthodontic systems on the market and their bio-mechanical properties nor can we expect their teams to train their support staff and doctors. Doctors need continual support and guidance to assist with case-selection and treatment-planning. Accidents can and will occur and an orthodontic coach will streamline the process and help the teams from contract to de-band.

Today, with HIPPA-compliant communication portals and virtual communication platforms, teams and coaches can virtually communicate effectively and efficiently. Ultimately, the partnership between StraightSmile Solutions® and corporate dentistry is a win-win for all of the players involved.

1. The patients obtain increased access to care and their periodontal and restorative needs are efficiently addressed, leading to better dental health.
2. The in-house Orthodontic team is benefitted with increased referrals from the pivot towards evaluating every patient for orthodontics.
3. The corporation benefits from increased production from orthodontics from both teams and the subsequent interdisciplinary treatment.
4. The General Dentists benefit from learning new skills and increasing their daily production.

StraightSmile Solutions® is the future of orthodontic coaching. We are the first online portal to provide a doctor-to-doctor consulting service that will allow GP’s and their teams to access the knowledge and expertise of an industry expert, in order to enhance information sharing and efficiency in problem solving. We hope to revolutionize orthodontic coaching. As compared to other orthodontic coaching service providers, StraightSmile Solutions® is a full-time business. We are independent and do not run alongside a clinical practice. We commit our full energy to coaching, and you reap the benefits. We pride ourselves on providing lightning-fast service and responsiveness. StraightSmile Solutions® is time and cost-efficient. Our services are available exclusively online. Of the over 160,000 General and Pediatric Dentists in the US, most have little-to-no formal educational training in orthodontics. Those who do seek training often have to resort to expensive and time-consuming weekend services. You learn on the job through trial and error, but those errors can be expensive and unfortunate for both patients and doctors. We aim to fill the gap in the market for quality and efficient coaching to provide valuable solutions for doctors and their teams, and subsequent positive outcomes in the quality of patient care.

For more information about StraightSmile Solutions®, visit our website at www.straightsmilesolutions.com or message us to schedule a complimentary coaching session.

Why Americans Need to Try the Inman Aligner®

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My StraightSmile Solutions® clients are always asking me which products I recommend. Since our global expansion, the Inman Aligner® has been a commonly discussed appliance. I pride myself in being proficient and aware of every orthodontic system and technique on the market, but, admittedly, I was totally unaware of this one. Americans often think that if their colleagues don’t use something, it mustn’t be worth trying–correct? Wrong.

Inman Aligner® is a well-kept European secret for good orthodontic outcomes. Undoubtedly, like any product, it has its limitations. What drew me to the aligner was the potential applications for General Dentists and Pediatric Dentists. I contacted the Inman Aligner team a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised at how approachable they were to me when I asked them if I could review their product through my portal, StraightSmile Solutions®. I warned them that my reviews are candid and aren’t always roses and sunshine, and that I would write what I examined–the way that my readers expect me to review any product or technique.

What I love about this aligner system is that it’s not only removable, but it can also only be required to be worn 16-20 hours. For many working professionals, this is the most that they can tolerate any appliance like this. I also like that, in most circumstances, there are no attachments or required bonding to the dentition; once removed, the teeth are unblemished. Lastly, I think it would be great to be used in a mixed-dentition scenario since it’s adjustable, accommodating erupting teeth and it doesn’t cover the occlusion. When Invisalign®, Clear Correct®, or any aligner cases aren’t finished properly with seating elastics to fully interdigitate the teeth, a lateral open-bite often occurs. This will not occur with the Inman Aligner®.

I signed-up for the online course and took the course like any other student would. It’s initially paced, but it rapidly accelerates in both content and application. My favorite part about the course was the section on IPR. I got a little confused because they called disk-IPR, “PPR” and in the US, we call this ARS. Some of the terminology and phrasing was British, but it is easily adaptable. I have spent a lot of time in the UK, but, at times, I have had difficulty understanding the speaker and have been forced to replay the audio from the speech. Also, the quality of the audio was soft and somewhat inaudible. I had my speakers turned-up as much as possible. This portion could be improved to provide a better presentation.

I spend a good portion of my day online doing virtual coaching, so I try to protect my right hand from repetitive tasks as much as possible. After 10 years of being a clinical orthodontist, I learned that repetitive movements are not optimal in terms of productivity; I had a hard time with the Inman course because there was a ton of repetitive clicking involved to access the content. I could only tolerate the course in small chunks as a result, but I was pleased that I was able to save my work and come back another day.

I would recommend writing notes when you take the class, because in order to become certified, you need to pass a 50 question exam at the end. They allow you to retake it if you don’t initially pass–which I didn’t the first time. The questions are very tricky: there are numerous multiple choice questions and you need to read each question very carefully. Don’t be discouraged if you fail; you will pass eventually.

Overall, I recommend the Inman Aligner® system. I do think that the online certification process needs some improvement, but the content is excellent.

StraightSmile Solutions is the future of orthodontic coaching. We are the first online portal to provide a doctor-to-doctor consulting service that will allow GP’s and their teams to access the knowledge and expertise of an industry expert, in order to enhance information sharing and efficiency in problem solving. We hope to revolutionize orthodontic coaching. As compared to other orthodontic coaching service providers, StraightSmile Solutions is a full-time business. We are independent and not run alongside a clinical practice. We commit our full energy to coaching, and you reap the benefits. We pride ourselves on providing lightning-fast service and responsiveness. StraightSmile Solutions is time and cost-efficient. Our services are available exclusively online. Of the over 128,000 general dentists in the US, most have little to no formal educational training in orthodontics. Those who do seek training often have to resort to expensive and time-consuming weekend services. You learn on the job through trial and error, but those errors can be expensive and unfortunate for both patients and doctors. We aim to fill the gap in the market for quality and efficient coaching to provide valuable solutions for doctors and their teams, and subsequent positive outcomes in the quality of patient care.

7 Reasons Why Every General Dentist Should Get an Intra-Oral Scanner

1. You’ll save time and time is money.

Depending on the model you purchase and the skill set of your assistant, an arch can be scanned in as little as one minute. Compare that to how long it takes to mix and take a PVS impression–about 10 minutes? If there are retakes, which happens often, then double that time.

2. It’s an optimal patient experience.

If you’ve never had a PVS impression, it’s a disgusting experience. It tastes like a hybrid between a tennis ball and sweaty gym feet. It’s not a positive patient experience. Retakes are inevitable and this further frustrates the client. Happy patients refer other patients. Referral means more production.

3. You’ll save money, lots of money.

Yes, the scanner will cost money, but do the math; the production you’ll net is even more. The scanner can be used on all your fixed and removable restorative work, plus your orthodontics. Take a look at your PVS and impression tray lab bills plus your postage to the lab. Many offices find out that their scanner is fully paid-off in just a few months. The rest of the savings is just pure profit. There is also value-add in their saved chair time. A procedure can now be done in five minutes instead of 20; this means that the chair is now scheduled more productively and even more patients can be scheduled.

4. You’ll save time. Saving time saves money.

Cases can be turned around in days instead of months. This is a marketable value-add for patient experience, and quicker turn-around on cases leads to less temporary failures and dreaded OVNC.

5. You’ll save on storage. Eliminating storage saves money.

Storage of impression materials and supplies and old models is also expensive. This can be eliminated since the impression is stored in the cloud, virtually.

6. Your appliances and restorations will fit easier. Fewer remakes save time and money, and increases overall patient experience.

7. One unit is needed instead of multiple units. This saves money.

Now, many scanners are just “plug and go” with a USB cable. They are so small they can fit in your purse or briefcase! This is convenient for anyone on the go or with multiple offices.

StraightSmile Solutions is the future of orthodontic coaching. We are the first online portal to provide a doctor-to-doctor consulting service that will allow GP’s and their teams to access the knowledge and expertise of an industry expert, in order to enhance information sharing and efficiency in problem solving. I hope to revolutionize orthodontic coaching. As compared to other orthodontic coaching service providers, StraightSmile Solutions is a full-time business. We are independent and not run alongside a clinical practice. We commit our full energy to coaching, and YOU reap the benefits! We pride ourselves on lightning-fast service and responsiveness. StraightSmile Solutions is time and cost-efficient. Our services are available exclusively online. Of the over 128,000 general dentists in the U.S., most have little to no formal educational training in orthodontics. Those who do seek training often have to resort to expensive and time-consuming weekend services. You learn on the job through trial and error, but those errors can be expensive and unfortunate for both patients and doctors. We aim to fill the gap in the market for quality and efficient coaching to provide valuable solutions for doctors and their teams, and subsequent positive outcomes in the quality of patient care.

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Great Lakes Orthodontics®, It’s Not your Daddy’s Retainer Company Anymore

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Usually my blog pieces are controversial and divisive. Today, I am shifting my focus in a new direction. It seems everyone is dipping their toe in the short-term orthodontics market and even gearing their product towards the GP client base. Now, I am not affiliated or compensated by GLO® in anyway, nor am I with any of the pieces I write for my blog. I had a StraightSmile Solutions® client ask me last week about the GLO® Smart Moves® product and I wanted to dig into it. I didn’t know that they were participating in the short-term orthodontic market, let alone the indirect bonding market. It’s a smart strategy by GLO® to move their chess pieces in the right direction.

Smart Moves® is quite different from every other short-term aligner out there. To start, it’s a soft/hard alternating splint system. That means each step includes more than one aligner, which have varying acrylic thicknesses and properties. My understanding is that this changes the biomechanics so that the force with each step is gradually increased, leading to more comfort for the patient and overall more stability for the treatment. These hard/soft aligners are not a new concept. There are several companies worldwide who utilize them, one of which is the CA Clear Aligner® system, which is offered predominately in Europe.

The other unique component of the Smart Moves® system is the customer service. As far as I know, there is no other aligner system that allows you to send the technician your models to have them reviewed, before you commit and pay for treatment. It’s a complimentary service. They also give you the email and phone number of the technicians so you can discuss the case. It’s old school, but for a GP who is new to aligners, it’s a unique and effective touch. I am not sure how this component of their aligner business model will scale, but I do appreciate their unparalleled support of the General Dentist.

StraightSmile Solutions is the future of orthodontic coaching. We are the first online portal to provide a doctor-to-doctor consulting service that will allow GP’s and their teams to access the knowledge and expertise of an industry expert, in order to enhance information sharing and efficiency in problem solving. I hope to revolutionize orthodontic coaching. As compared to other orthodontic coaching service providers, StraightSmile Solutions is a full-time business. We are independent and not run alongside a clinical practice. We commit our full energy to coaching, and YOU reap the benefits! We pride ourselves on lightning-fast service and responsiveness. StraightSmile Solutions is time and cost-efficient. Our services are available exclusively online. Of the over 128,000 general dentists in the U.S., most have little or no formal educational training in orthodontics. Those who do seek training often have to resort to expensive and time-consuming weekend services. You learn on the job through trial and error, but those errors can be expensive and unfortunate for both patients and doctors. We aim to fill the gap in the market for quality and efficient coaching to provide valuable solutions for doctors and their teams, and subsequent positive outcomes in the quality of patient care.

Will Accelerated Orthodontics “Propel®” Your Production?

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Lately every dentist is talking about accelerated orthodontics. Given the current litigation in this arena, it’s a controversial topic indeed. There is no question that the research supports accelerated orthodontics in conjunction with aligner therapy and/or micro-osseoperforation. In addition, vibrational movements may or may not be effective in accelerating orthodontic treatment. The research is still not definitive for these appliances.
However, there are many questions still unanswered. I’d like to see additional, independent studies joining the two vibrational appliances (Accel Aura® and VPro5®) With a myriad of different aligners on the market, not just Invisalign®, how do these appliances affect the rate of treatment? What is the proper way to prescribe them? I would also like to see longitudinal studies showing stability and retention and relapse to see if these accelerated movements are stable long-term.
Accelerated orthodontics is certainly a game-changer. If one can finish his/her orthodontic treatment in half the time, why not use aligners instead of traditional braces? Combine that with the lower forces, decreased risk for decalcification, enhanced oral hygiene, decreased discomfort, and overall positive patient experience, and we have a clear winner for the future. Plastic is best all around.
This week, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to sample a Propel VPro5. You can visit my YouTube channel to check out the three-part video review and unboxing series. I was really impressed with the appliance and based on my first-hand experience in conjunction with the research, I would recommend the Propel VPro5 to StraightSmile Solutions® clients and patients alike. If you have any questions about the product or accelerated orthodontics, please feel free to contact me.
StraightSmile Solutions is the future of orthodontic coaching. We are the first online portal to provide a doctor-to-doctor consulting service that will allow GP’s and their teams to access the knowledge and expertise of an industry expert, in order to enhance information sharing and efficiency in problem solving. I hope to revolutionize orthodontic coaching. As compared to other orthodontic coaching service providers, StraightSmile Solutions is a full-time business. We are independent and not run alongside a clinical practice. We commit our full energy to coaching, and YOU reap the benefits! We pride ourselves on lightning-fast service and responsiveness. StraightSmile Solutions is time and cost-efficient. Our services are available exclusively online. There are more than 128,000 general dentists in the U.S., but most have little or no formal educational training in orthodontics. Those who do seek training often have to resort to expensive and time-consuming weekend services. You learn on the job through trial and error, but those errors can be expensive and unfortunate for both patients and doctors. We aim to fill the gap in the market for quality and efficient coaching to provide valuable solutions for doctors and their teams, and subsequent positive outcomes in the quality of patient care.

About the author: Dr. Amanda Wilson is an Orthodontist and the founder of StraightSmile Solutions. For more information, visit www.StraightSmileSolutions.com.