The short treatment times are a result of a shift in focus away from complete orthodontic correction and towards solving the patients’ chief cosmetic complaints. With traditional orthodontics, most of the treatment time is spent correcting the angle classification and perfecting root positions. With STO we are letting go of these time consuming goals and focusing on giving patients what they want (a nice smile) in a time frame that is acceptable to them. “Straight teeth in six months” is an enormously attractive option for both patients and dentists!
Most of us don’t learn much about orthodontics in dental school. We are taught how to diagnose malocclusions. Some of us might even get to bend some wires. Beyond this, we are essentially taught how to pick up a referral pad and refer orthodontic patients out of our practices.
Because of the limited amount training and knowledge we receive, orthodontics is not a part of most general practices. We tend to think that ortho is complicated and involves a lot of wire bending and an unending list of “ortho voodoo science”.
Orthodontics don't have to be voodoo science. In fact, it can be intuitive and commonsensical. Thousands of adults in your community are currently “stuck” living with crooked teeth. We can now help these people while growing our practices rather than ignoring their predicament because we can't meet their need.
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