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Orthodontics

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by Casey Bull
The way a practice hopes to use virtual consultations should dictate how the technology is rolled out and available to patients. Casey Bull of The Invisible Orthodontist recaps the most common uses and setups.
October 2021
by Arselia Gales, assistant editor
This Texas Townie, a U.S. Air Force veteran, served as chief of orthodontics at Misawa Air Base in Japan before returning to America and opening two practices in San Antonio. In our exclusive Q&A, the founder of the eponymous Norris 20/26 bracket system shares his goals for the future and how his mechanical engineering background has helped him succeed as an orthodontist.
October 2021
by Dr. Glenn Krieger
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but Dr. Glenn Krieger says most orthodontists could use help getting better clinical images. He shares his four laws of clinical photography, including the proper use of retractors and mirrors, and how to properly use digital co-diagnosis for increased case acceptance.
October 2021
Townies discuss the pros and cons of working at multiple practices—especially out of a dentist’s office.
October 2021
Townies look for common ground on expander treatments, and one orthodontist shares a case.
October 2021
This month's poll focuses on personal finance: Townies weigh in on staff 401(k)s, adviser fees, financial CE, cryptocurrency, retirement and more.
October 2021
Selective laser sintering has been used to create frameworks in the in the crown, bridge and removable partial denture space for years, but its application in orthodontic appliance manufacturing has become relevant very recently. The technology can be used to fabricate entire space maintainers, bonded lingual retainers, expander frameworks and any other component requiring rigidity and strength.
October 2021
by Dr. Chad Foster
Orthotown editorial director Dr. Chad Foster discusses the importance of sharing cases and engaging in in-depth discussions among your peers.
October 2021
by Dr. Robert ("Tito") Norris
Dr. Robert “Tito” Norris shares techniques for predictable excellence when using a cuspid to replace a missing maxillary lateral incisor. His step-by-step guide is accompanied by a case study, and key considerations to optimize the aesthetics and function of this treatment option.
September 2021
Many of today’s innovations in orthodontics are coming from within the specialty, including advances in lingual archwires and fully customized indirect bonding systems that allow doctors to 3D-print trays in-house. We asked three of the newest innovators in the field to share case studies that illustrate how their treatments work.
September 2021
by Dr. Jennifer Bonamici
Dr. Jennifer Bonamici recaps the most common types of retainer replacement plans used by orthodontic practices, including their benefits and drawbacks.
July/August 2021
by Tina Byrne
As practice management consultant Tina Byrne explains, being an in-network provider and participating with an insurance plan is not necessarily a “discount death sentence”—to the contrary, a strategic approach to contracting, coding and claim submission could yield tremendous growth in a practice.
July/August 2021
by Dr. Brion Long
Some orthodontists like Dr. Brion Long have added a pediatric dentist to their practice as a way to offer more to patients under one roof, as well as to increase the number of internal referrals. When the partnership is approached smartly, it can be a winwin situation—but it’s not a decision that should be rushed, because there are some possible downsides as well.
June 2021
With our monthly poll you can see how other practices operate, what works, what doesn’t and how dentistry is evolving. The information we gather each month helps us measure trends in the profession. Take a look at this month’s results on Bracket and Wires.
June 2021
by Dr. Adith Venugopal
In the debut installment of this new recurring feature—in which Townies walk readers through the steps of an interesting patient treatment case—Drs. Adith Venugopal and Anand Marya share a case in which they used TADs to correct a patient’s steep occlusal cant.
May 2021
by Dr. John H. Foley
Each time Dr. John H. Foley has purchased an orthodontic practice, he’s learned something new to put into practice the next time. This North Carolina Townie recaps the biggest lessons he’s learned along the way, with the hope that readers can put them to use and experience a smooth transition when the time comes to buy their own offices.
March 2021
by Casey Bull
The final installment of consultant Casey Bull’s two-part series examines what orthodontic practices should focus on as they put together their 2021 marketing plans. This month’s focus—how to increase referrals and promotions via social media and digital strategies—delves into local SEO, paid versus organic social media posts, and community referrals via Facebook Live and microinfluencers.
March 2021
by Dr. Courtney Schiefelbein
Dr. Courtney Schiefelbein had just opened a startup practice in Midtown Manhattan when the COVID-19 pandemic forced her to temporarily shut down the office. Now, one year after COVID first forced the closures, Schiefelbein discusses the biggest changes in her practice that were inspired by the pandemic—and as she explains, some of them are actually positive steps she plans to keep around long term.
March 2021
With our monthly poll you can see how other practices operate, what works, what doesn’t and how dentistry is evolving. The information we gather each month helps us measure trends in the profession. Take a look at this month’s results on Aesthetic Alternatives.
March 2021
by Dr. Chad Foster
Orthotown editorial director Dr. Chad Foster delves into the “wanting self,” a concept that’s discussed in his favorite book, and shares how it relates to orthodontists.
July/August 2021
by Drs. Elizabeth R. Michalczyk, Noam Green and Alise Senderak
In the CE course, Drs. Elizabeth R. Michalczyk, Noam Green and Alise Senderak share research and a formula for calculating theoretical torque loss in rectangular and square-shaped archwires.
December 2020
by Dr. Daniel Grob
In his final column as Orthotown’s editorial director, Dr. Dan Grob examines the familiar patterns of change and welcomes his successor.
March 2021
by Arselia Gales, assistant editor
We visit the Mesa, Arizona, practice where this Townie works with his longtime mentor, Dr. Stuart Frost, and learn how he uses social media to market his practice and how his commitment to his family allows him to relate to patients and their families.
April 2021
by Drs. Trevor Nichols and Stuart Frost
Drs. Trevor Nichols and Stuart Frost explain the steps behind laser gingivectomy, a procedure they offer to many patients at the end of treatment to perfect their smiles.
April 2021
by Dr. Wassim Bouzid
Dr. Wassim Bouzid shares a case in which he treated a patient’s gummy smile by using dental TADs and self-ligating braces.
June 2021
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