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Pearls of Clear Aligner Therapy for the General Dentist

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Date: 2021-05-19 08:00:00

Location: Online Webinar

Contact Hours: 1

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Most patients have some type of malocclusion or misalignment of teeth that they have considered fixing. Some patients may be too shy to discuss, or feel they may be too old for treatment, or worse yet, may have never been asked by their general dentist or were explained the importance of straight teeth.

There has been increasing requests, due to unsolicited marketing by a multitude of companies on multiple media platforms, for aligner therapy. Many orthodontists have been steadily growing their aligner therapy to include more and more adolescent patients as aligner therapy has gained the acceptance of the dental community. Most patients would love to stay at their general dentist’s office to accomplish this treatment.

Do aligners work? The good news is yes they do! Do they have their limitations? Of course!

Find out how you can implement, grow, and utilize aligner therapy to create a win-win situation for both you and your patients. Know what to look for and how you can tackle cases so that you look forward to doing your next case.

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After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
» Identify how to jump start or increase aligner therapy in your office

» Discuss what tools and equipment you need in order to get more predictable outcomes

» Review what to look for on virtual treatment proposals & how it relates to the actual patient

» Evaluate ways to make aligner therapy the whole office is excited to present

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ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $49.00

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Hygienist from novice to advanced

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ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $49.00

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HOT TOPIC: Focus on Health and Let Clear Aligners Change Your Practice

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Date: 01-19-2021 07:24:59 am

  I would venture to guess that nearly 80% of dentists have learned about or used clear aligner orthodontics in their practice. So, we know dentists recognize the need for this treatment modality in their practices. The struggle seems to be finding more patients who accept treatment. For the longest time, I, too, was frustrated with case acceptance until I had a breakthrough—the realization that clear aligners aren’t cosmetic, but functional treatment.

  Let’s look at a common scenario. You sit down to do a hygiene exam, and your hygienist gives you that look of frustration. You glance at the tarter that has formed a nice bridge across the patient’s crowded lower anteriors. Although the recession is about 2 mm around those teeth, the pocket depths are about 3 to 4 mm. The patient is in her 30s, so the prognosis is still pretty good. What we normally do is scale the teeth and see the patient 6 months later. However, we know the patient will likely come back in 6 months in the same condition.

  What we should be doing is talking to the patient about the real cause of this buildup—crooked teeth. We now have an avenue to explain and show the patient how clear aligners will actually improve the overall health of their mouth, without being pushy. When our practice made this change, our case acceptance for Invisalign skyrocketed.
 

Bringing Clear Aligners Into Your Practice
 

  So, what can you do to increase your case acceptance for clear aligners? I believe there are 3 specific things: Engage in CE for you and your team; develop implementation strategies; and master the planting of seeds.

  For me, taking Dr. David Galler’s Reingage program was the first step to doing more cases. He showed me how to make cases predictable by understanding the mechanics and to recognize, in advance, which cases were going to be challenging. I then worked on getting my team on board by taking them to programs or teaching them myself.

  After being trained, the challenge is putting this into action in a busy general practice. Initially, I would limit your cases to 20 aligners or less and try not to do posterior movements. Then, determine how often you want to see the patient (7 aligners at a time work for us). Make sure your team has consents ready and documentation that Invisalign is all about patient compliance.

  Now, you’re ready to plant the seeds. The first step is to truly believe that clear aligner therapy is beneficial for our patients. When you believe, it will come through in your conversation with the patient. Your hygienist or assistant should screen the patient and begin the conversation. If you have an iTero, they can scan the patient and show them what they look like now and what they can look like with clear aligner therapy. If not, occlusal photos will suffice. You then approach the patient with health in mind. I focus on 4 key points: 1. They will have less periodontal disease. 2. Less decay—it’s easier to keep straighter teeth clean. 3. Less chipping/wear. 4. Less sensitivity—poor occlusion leads to pulp inflammation and possibly root canals.

  Once you get the mindset that you want to make this part of your practice, it is very easy to add clear aligner therapy. I tell patients that esthetics are a nice side effect, and treatment can save them money for the reasons described above. As you do more, your confidence will build. It is gratifying to do, and patients are happy they did it.

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A Paradigm Shift in Intraoral Scanning for Better Clinical Results

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

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After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:
•Determine if this technology is right for you and your practice
•Develop an understanding of intraoral scanners and their clinical applications
•Recognize that not all IOS scanners are equal

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Digitizing your impressions comes with amazing benefits for clinicians and patients. An intraoral scanner will not only simplify your current workflow, but also increase your overall production. It will provide you and your lab with more accurate information than traditional impressions, and give you the ability to design and manufacture: crowns, aligners, surgical guides, and a variety of other devices in office. 
When purchasing an intraoral scanner there are many things to consider, and with the growing number of products on the market, making a decision can become a daunting task. 
Dr. Justin Moody will walk you through a typical day in his practice and show how this technology has changed the way he practices and the impact it has had on his patients and staff. 

ADA Credits: | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

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Super-Easy, In-House Orthodontic Aligners

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

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  • Compare the cost and time savings that can be achieved by producing aligners in-house 
  • Identify which equipment and materials are needed for aligner production
  • Decribe the complete workflow—from scanning, designing, 3D printing, and manufacturing—and how these steps can be delegated to staff

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You love aligner orthodontics, but are you concerned about the high lab fees that most popular companies charge? With in-house 3D printing, you can stop paying those fees and gain more independence and control over manufacturing (and tooth movement). Most professionals believe this process is too labor intensive, but it actually isn’t.

Dr. Joshua Howard will show you how easy it is to produce quality aligners with digital scanning and in-house 3D printing. He’ll show you how to delegate steps to dental assistants and how to get your whole dental team on board with a digital workflow. By the end of the webinar, you’ll know the proper equipment, materials, and techniques you need to be successful.

Supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Formlabs Dental

ADA Credits: 1 | AGD Credits: 1 | Cost: $19.00

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ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

Clear Aligners and Sleep Disorders

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dental Hygienist, Dentists from novice to advanced

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Clear Aligners and Sleep Disorders

The goal of this continuing education (CE) activity is to provide readers with an understanding of how to incorporate clear aligner therapy into their practice, in order to address the needs of patients diagnosed with sleep-related breathing disorders who require orthodontic intervention. Upon completion of this activity, the reader should be able to:
1. Review appropriate screening protocols.
2. Identify the correlation between malocclusions and airway deficiencies.
3. Understand how to provide patients with comprehensive treatment options to address sleep-related breathing disorders.
4. Discuss the appropriate use of clear aligners for combination cases utilizing the Aligner Sleep Appliance.
5. Recognize the benefits of incorporating 3D technology into the development of comprehensive treatment plans.

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Treatment methods are now available that address the needs of the large number of patients who require orthodontic clear aligner therapy and have been diagnosed with sleep-related breathing disorders. When indicated, an effective treatment for these conditions can be accomplished by correcting malocclusions with the use of clear aligners throughout both active and retention phase treatment, as well as by addressing the individual’s breathing disorders with a dental sleep appliance that fits over the clear aligners. With the use of this process, the patient avoids having to complete orthodontic treatment prior to treating his or her sleep disorder, which can be a potentially life-threatening condition.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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Clear Aligner Therapy and the Orthodontic-Restorative Interface

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Course Type: Self-instruction journal and web based activity

Target Audience: Dental Assistants, Dentists from novice to advanced

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Enhancing Restorative Outcomes with Clear Aligner Therapy 

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The overall goal of this course is to provide information on clear aligner therapy and its application in enhancing restorative outcomes and treating crowding. After completing this article, the reader will be able to:
1. Describe the types of movements that can be achieved using clear aligners.
2. Review the digital workflow for clear aligner therapy.
3. Define the role of auxiliaries and describe how these are used for clear aligner therapy.
4. Delineate the potential benefits of clear aligner therapy for patients, including those requiring restorative care.

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Clear aligner therapy improves esthetics during orthodontic care in comparison to fixed orthodontic appliances and standard removable appliances. In part due to this, the number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment has increased, and clear aligner therapy is now frequently performed on adults and adolescents. The availability of auxiliaries/composite attachments has also improved the level of control and types of tooth movements that can be attained using clear aligners. In addition, there is less risk of gingivitis, caries, and oral irritations with clear aligner therapy than is associated with fixed orthodontic appliance therapy. Clear aligner therapy involves a digital workflow for treatment planning, and is also used to enhance restorative care by providing for space/repositioning teeth to improve potential results and/or minimize the invasiveness or extent of restorative care required to achieve the desired result, and may also reduce the duration of treatment.

 

COMMERCIAL SUPPORTER: This course has been made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from ClearCorrect.

ADA Credits: 2 | AGD Credits: 2 | Cost: $29.00

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