Dentaltown November 2012 - (Page 68)

clear aligners feature by Paul C. Schmude, DDS One of the greatest things about dentistry is it’s impossible to get bored practicing it. No matter where you practice or how good you are, there are always new things to learn. I own a large family practice in a fairly small town in the “thumb” area of Michigan. I’ve learned over the years that the size of a practice (or any business), never really stays the same. It’s either growing or shrinking. As a younger dentist (I’m 37, so let’s just pretend I’m young, OK?), I feel it’s always been in my best interest to see the practice grow. Several years ago, my mentor and now partner suggested I get into orthodontics. I did, and it’s been a blast ever since. I soon found “clear aligners” coming onto the scene and was a little skeptical. How could a few clear trays do what my beloved archwires and brackets did? Here are some tips on how to make these neat little trays help both you and your patients. Start Simple My first cases were pretty simple ones. I recommend you do the same. Most clear aligner labs offer classes you can take before you do any treating. Just keep in mind that you can always do more difficult cases once you get your feet wet. Start with a case that has a little bit of rotation, maybe a couple millimeters of crowding, and go from there. If you start with a tough case, you’ll give yourself a migraine and won’t want to do it anymore. 68 NOVEMBER 2012 »

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Dentaltown November 2012 Highlights
Continuing Education Update
Howard Speaks: The Fluoride Wars Continue
Professional Courtesy: Get Out of the Office
Second Opinion: Investing in New Technology
What Are You Guys Cementing Zirconia Crowns With?
Issue with Crown Seats! Help Please!
New Products
Product Profile: The Dental Sleep Network
Dentrix G5
Corporate Profile: Officite
Excellent Communication Benefits: A Full-mouth Rehabilitation Case
Product Profile: TruDenta
The Art, Science and Numbers of Clear Aligner Therapy Research: Endodontics
Cementation Simplified
You Should Know: OperaPager
Matching One Anterior Crown
Desired Smiles in Today’s Economy
Why We See Problems with Teeth Whitening: The Science of Whitening, Part 1
In This Issue: Garbage In, Garbage Out
Perio Reports
Ad Index
Profile in Oral Health: Paleolithic Teeth
Dentally Incorrect

Dentaltown November 2012