In these difficult economic times, Dentistry has not been immune to the effects. And, if we’re being honest, most dentistry is elective. It’s a tough battle we’re in right now. Dentists are the last bastion of entrepreneurism in health care. We are tasked with the unenviable goal of encouraging people (who generally avoid us) to seek our services… AND PAY FOR IT.
One of the joys of being a General Dentist is having the freedom to create a practice that suits us by having many options. We can do what we like and not do what we don’t like. It’s a beautiful thing! We can add new services as we please. And, we can eliminate those services when we discover we don’t enjoy doing them. Over the years, I have evolved as a dentist. I’ve encountered both success and failure along the way. And, that evolution continues.
Ortho? No way I’m doing ortho!
One aspect of dentistry I never thought I’d venture into is Orthodontics. Moving teeth was mysterious and portrayed as the sole domain of the anointed specialist. When you think about it, it’s quite odd that Orthodontics is the ONLY discipline of dentistry that has been traditionally held out as a “specialist-only” territory. The same has never been true for: Endodontics, Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Oral Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, etc. We general dentists have long provided services that fit into those categories with the freedom of referring the more complex cases to specialists as we see fit. But, Orthodontics somehow escaped from us. Surely most of us would agree our exposure to Orthodontics in dental school was minimal, at best.
My friend, Dr. Ryan Swain (founder of Six Month Smiles), spent a couple of years on DentalTown.com (and via private messages) trying to convince me that Short Term Orthodontics would be a perfect fit for my cosmetically-oriented practice. But, just hearing the term “Orthodontics” caused me to reflexively make the “sign of the cross” with my fingers. Oh no… moving teeth… EGAD! I’m not sure I want to get into THAT. Then one day the light bulb in my head went on. And, I took Ryan’s course. It was truly an epiphany to learn how EASY it is to move teeth. I couldn’t believe I had been missing out on this. I could prep an entire arch or even rehab an entire mouth, but I was afraid of THIS? Silly me!
I Don’t Do As Many Veneers As I Used To
In my practice I had many patients that when faced with Veneers vs. Comprehensive Ortho (via an Orthodontist), they sometimes chose to do nothing. They were in “Cosmetic Limbo.” Some chose to let me prep their teeth for porcelain veneers. Some even had elective root canals so I could give them “instant orthodontics” via porcelain veneers.
Today, I have another option for those patients. And, it’s amazing how happy they are to have that option. Six Month Smiles short term ortho is a great and CONSERVATIVE way to eliminate crowding and spaces in the teeth that show when patients smile.
I’ve been offering Six Month Smiles in my practice for about three years now. It’s easy. It’s FUN. And, it’s another way to fight this economy while making patients very happy.
In 2010, I enjoyed being a clinical instructor for Six Month Smiles, teaching dentists all over the country in a 2-day seminar. It was a lot of fun sharing this concept and watching the light bulbs turning on in the audience.
Easy to Get Started
I’ve said before that the Dental Warrior likes anything that doesn’t require a loan to get into and shows a good ROI in a short time. Bang for the buck, there is no C.E. course that can compare to Six Month Smiles. The investment is minimal, especially compared to many of the other popular services and technologies out there. The ROI is nearly instantaneous.
And, the thanks we get from Six Month Smiles patients is very gratifying. They are simply thrilled that they no longer have to live with a smile they are ashamed of. Here’s a dramatic case we completed recently:
If you have any concern about how Six Month Smiles braces look… Here’s one my patients currently in treatment who competes in pageants (and wins) while wearing braces! Brackets and wires are white, making them nearly invisible.
Neither Dentists nor Patients Are Ever Too Old!
I recently had a 72 year-old woman start her braces. There is no upper age limit. She told me, “I’ve wanted to do this my whole life.” Can you imagine that? She’s fulfilling one of her dreams at age 72. Very cool! And, very cool that I can make it happen for her.
Without a doubt, implementing the Six Month Smiles brand of Short Term Orthodontics in my office has been one of the best things I’ve done in my 23-year career.
What Six Month Smiles has mastered is turning Short Term Ortho into a SYSTEM for General Dentists. Everything you need to get started and continue providing Short Term Ortho is available directly from Six Month Smiles – from instruments to supplies to technical / clinical support. It’s “one-stop shopping” and a system you can rely on to guide you in every case.
The Dental Warrior highly recommends you look into Six Month Smiles. They offer courses around the country. So, you’ll likely find one near you. But, even if you have to travel, I promise it’s worth it! Click here to find out how you can bring Six Month Smiles to your patients!