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embrace progress // column

What's in Your Records?
by Daniel Grob, DDS, MS, editorial director, Orthotown magazine

A recent commercial encourages consumers
to think about the credit cards they use daily
by asking, "What's in your wallet?" It's just
one of those things that we often don't think
about until someone points it out-could we
be using something that's more effective than
what we currently have?
As it turns out, the same question is valid
for orthodontists-just not in reference to
your credit cards.
There's been a lot of discussion lately on
social media, blogs and publications regarding
the role of orthodontic records in our profession
and practices.
The topics range from the standard of care
and the changing face of orthodontics, to the
value of being an orthodontist.
But if there's one idea that has united
orthodontists for years, it's the value of creating
a collection of pristine, standardized and
compelling records.

"If you're paying attention to what's
happening around you, the conclusion is
that we need to be more complete in our
record gathering system, not less, and do
more with what we gather."
Pretty pictures
The American Journal of Orthodontics,
with guidance from the AAO and ABO, has
outlined what it believes to be a complete or

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clinically acceptable collection of diagnostic
records if one is to publish or research case
diagnosis, treatment and results.
It states:
Diagnostic orthodontic records for
publication in the Journal must include,
but are not limited to, the following: (1)
extraoral and intraoral photographs;
(2) a panoramic radiograph and periapical radiographs where indicated; (3)
diagnostic casts, either plaster, digital or
stereolithic; (4) diagnostic setup casts,
created from either secondary initial casts
or digital setups; (5) lateral cephalograms
and cone-beam computed technology
images when diagnostically indicated;
and (6) initial and final cephalometric
tracings with superimpositions.
Of course, general dentists are required to
gather a certain grouping of records as well,
but let's agree that they're rarely organized,
presented and analyzed as they are in an
"orthodontic consultation."
How many exams have you performed
in which you were ready to take the patient
into the records room and the patient asked
you to call the dentist and get the X-rays that
were just taken? After an annoying delay,
verifying email addresses and fax numbers,
you printed or uploaded the cone-cut set of
bite-wing X-rays showing the crowns of a
few teeth.
Or better yet, how many patients appear
with 2-year-old panoramic X-rays printed
on the back of some restaurant place mat
or napkin and ask you to use that for your
evaluation?


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Orthotown October 2016

Orthotown.com Highlights
Embrace Progress: What’s In Your Records?
New Products
Poll
Message Boards: HSD/Invisalign/Adult
Message Boards: Phase 1: Anterior Crossbite and Crowding
Interdisciplinary Ortho-Perio Treatment of Excessive Gingival Display
Creating a Strong Scheduling Architecture
Indirect Bonding: A Closer Look
Indirect Bonding: The Tech Effect
Welcome to Digital Orthodontics
Good Vibrations
Ad Index
Orthotown October 2016 - Cover1
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Orthotown October 2016 - Orthotown.com Highlights
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Orthotown October 2016 - Embrace Progress: What’s In Your Records?
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Orthotown October 2016 - New Products
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Orthotown October 2016 - Poll
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Orthotown October 2016 - Message Boards: HSD/Invisalign/Adult
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Orthotown October 2016 - Message Boards: Phase 1: Anterior Crossbite and Crowding
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Orthotown October 2016 - Interdisciplinary Ortho-Perio Treatment of Excessive Gingival Display
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Orthotown October 2016 - Creating a Strong Scheduling Architecture
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Orthotown October 2016 - Indirect Bonding: A Closer Look
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Orthotown October 2016 - Indirect Bonding: The Tech Effect
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Orthotown October 2016 - Welcome to Digital Orthodontics
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Orthotown October 2016 - Good Vibrations
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