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Effective Social Media Marketing Tools for Dentists

Posted by 6monthsmiles on Apr 28, 2016 2:29:59 PM

The world of social media marketing has exploded. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, it can all seem overwhelming, especially when all you want to do is run a successful dental practice. Does a Facebook page really lead to more patients? Is it worth your time and commitment to engage in social media? Too many times dentists focus on their return on investment when it comes to marketing and avoid social media because it's difficult to quantify. After all, who can say just how many likes on a status update is equal to one new patient? Instead, think of social media as an extension of your already thriving relationship with current patients. Embracing this viewpoint will assist in creating effective social media marketing tools for your practice and create a noticeable bump in your amount of internal referrals. 

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Topics: Marketing Information

Employee Retention: How to Keep Great Employees in Your Practice

Posted by 6monthsmiles on Apr 25, 2016 11:47:17 AM

When you’ve worked hard to build a solid practice and fill it with outstanding employees, you want to keep those people who successfully help run your business. Valuable employees who know and perform the job well, work well with your patients, and work with integrity are worth hanging on to. Here are some useful tips on employee retention:

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Topics: Leadership

A Patient Story: Julia's Smile

Posted by 6monthsmiles on Apr 21, 2016 1:50:23 PM

A Prelude to Six Month Smiles

Julia's story as a patient of cosmetic dentistry began when she was college-age. Her teeth began "to move out of line a little bit." Put off by the way conventional braces looked, she spent several years feeling "quite self-conscious." After researching several options, Julia selected Six Month Smiles because of the time-frame associated with the treatment. (An average of six months.)

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Restorative Dentists: Why Straightening Teeth is a Game Changer

Posted by 6monthsmiles on Apr 13, 2016 10:54:44 AM

Short Term Orthodontics (STO) is typically thought of as a cosmetic procedure. Similar to treatment with aligners, most patients pursue STO primarily for cosmetic reasons, but changes to tooth position can greatly benefit function and help to preserve tooth structure and TMJ integrity. For these reasons, restorative dentists have found STO to be an essential part of their offerings.

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Topics: Six Month Smiles

Dr. Delia Tuttle Pioneers New Trends for Women in Dentistry

Posted by 6monthsmiles on Apr 7, 2016 1:47:55 PM

"That was pretty good for a girl." 

According to Dr. Mary Martin, comments like this (from patients) were common when she entered dentistry 30 years ago. And the sexism was just as prevalent inside the industry. Both Dr. Martin and Dr. Sheri Doniger report that their presence as students and as practicing dentists was seen as unfairly displacing men from the profession.

Fortunately, times have changed. A study by the ADA Health Policy Institute indicates that in 1968, only 1.1% of first year dental students were women. In 2014, that number was 47.7%.

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Topics: Leadership

A School Teacher & Bride To Be Now Smiles Confidently -  Case Study

Posted by 6monthsmiles on Mar 30, 2016 12:00:00 PM

A Case Study by Dr. Jennifer Huston, Ireland

This 35 year old secondary school teacher always disliked her smile. She saw many of her students wearing braces, however she felt that at this stage in her life, she did not want to go through years of “metal train tracks” to straighten her teeth.

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Topics: Clinical Information

Patient Demand Fuels the Rush to Short Term Orthodontics

Posted by 6monthsmiles on Mar 23, 2016 2:58:53 PM

According to an article in the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, “tooth straightening is not just for children any more.” The March 2016 article addresses several common considerations for dentists looking to add cosmetic ortho to their in-chair services.

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Topics: Short Term Orthodontics

Case Study: A Straighter Smile without IPR

Posted by Dr. Noel Ananthan on Mar 16, 2016 11:59:09 AM

A Case Study by Dr. Noel Ananthan

Patient's Chief Complaint: A straighter smile, but without IPR

Jane is a 28 year old whose chief complaint was that she wanted a straighter smile. The key elements in the initial assessment were the impacted UL canine and the UL lateral incisor in cross-bite. Because we had determined through an oral surgery consultation that the canine was favorably situated for exposure and alignment, the treatment plan appeared to be a textbook Six Month Smiles approach: space creation and alignment through IPR and rounding with the addition of bringing the canine down.

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Topics: Clinical Information

Providers: The One Conference you don't want to miss!

Posted by 6monthsmiles on Mar 9, 2016 1:38:09 PM

In October of this year, Six Month Smiles will gather our current providers together to discuss the ways we can move forward with innovative ideas, collaborative efforts, and compassionate treatments. The four pillars of this event are Grow, Connect, Inspire, and Innovate. Here at Six Month Smiles, we are confident that any provider who attends our conference will gain valuable insights into the Six Month Smiles system, as well as find invaluable connections in meeting other providers face to face.

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Topics: Six Month Smiles

This Mistake Could Cost You Thousands...

Posted by Ashley Latter on Mar 2, 2016 10:47:27 AM

Imagine that you are walking into a high-class restaurant. Its decor is stunning. It has marble floors and its walls are adorned with the finest artwork. As you breathe in the magnificent aromas of the award-winning menu, you are approached by an impeccably dressed maître d’. You request a table for two by the window, but as you do so, you’re aware that she is constantly looking you up and down, studying your appearance from head to toe. Rather than hand you a menu, she instead suggests that you may prefer to eat down the road at a nearby fast food outlet or at a cheaper restaurant. She informs you that there is no table available, despite there being only a handful of people being served.

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Topics: The Economics of Dentistry

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Six Month Smiles® System is a GP-focused system that equips dentists to help their adult patients with crooked teeth, using unique clear braces. We're improving the lives of dentists and the patients that they help. Six Month Smiles® is very rewarding for everyone. The first step to becoming a Provider is to register for an upcoming Six Month Smiles Two Day Hands On Course

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