Orthotown May 2015 - (Page 69)

feature \\ clinical orthodontics by Matthew Hendrickson There's a prevailing thought in orthodontics surrounding the use of intraoral scanners; this thought is that scanners are primarily used for clear-aligner therapy. In fact, when many orthodontists look into scanner technology, their main concern is how often they will use it to make clear aligners. However, the biggest advantages of using digital-impression scanners have nothing to do with clear aligners. As I speak with orthodontists around the country, I find that the average orthodontic practice treats approximately five percent to eight percent of their cases through clear-aligner therapy. Of course, there are extreme exceptions in both directions-with some offices that do not offer clear aligner treatment at all and others that treat a much larger portion of patients using clear aligners-but the five percent to eight percent average is a reliable estimate. Yet when it comes to digital-impression scanners, almost all orthodontists have a tendency to focus only on how they can use the scanner for their clear-aligner cases. I think this disproportional focus on clear-aligner cases is causing orthodontic practices to miss out on the real advantages of digital impressions and their ability to streamline and improve every case. Digital impressions can offer higher accuracy, increased patient comfort, fewer treatment appointments, better fitting appliances (of all types, not just clear aligners) and a standardized impression method for all applications. orthotown.com \\ MAY 2015 69 http://www.orthotown.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Orthotown May 2015

Orthotown.com Highlights
The Benefi ts of Treatment by Twelves
Your Orthodontic Business Funnel
Industry News
TADs Experience
Poll
Case Presentation: The Next Twelve
Large Arches, Small Teeth
New Products
Overhead: What Does it Mean to a Start-up Doctor?
A Winning Combination: Stainless-Steel Mini-Screws and CBCT Simulations
Orthodontic Marketing Automation: A Look Into the Future
The More We See, The More We Know
Three Key Solutions
A Leader Inside and Outside the Practice
From San Francisco to Orlando: A Look at AAO’s Upcoming Sessions
Use of Digital Impressions in Orthodontic Fabrication
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