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Patient Consent: Protecting Your Patients (And Yourself)

Posted by Dr. Jaswinder Gill on 11/9/17 12:37 PM

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The question of consent arises increasingly at the heart of complaints made under the NHS Complaints Procedure, and complaints to the General Dental Council on matters on professional ethics and conduct. In order, both to understand the information provided, and to give the necessary authority for consent, a patient must be competent. Competence in this context means the patient’s ability to understand the explanations given about:

  • The nature and purpose of a procedure
  • It’s likely effects and risks
  • Any alternative treatment and how these alternatives might compare
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Topics: The Economics of Dentistry, Six Month Smiles, Dental Practice Tips, CONFIDEX

5 Reasons for Incorporating Oral Appliance Therapy into Your Practice

Posted by Dr. Kent Smith on 5/30/17 9:00 AM

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Oral appliance therapy, a practice focused on the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea, is a growing dental specialty that is quickly becoming widely accepted as an effective treatment option for patients, particularly those who cannot - or will not - tolerate a CPAP machine. Dental professionals around the country have adopted dental sleep medicine into their practices as a way of addressing a need for their patients, as well as expanding their revenue generating potential.

If you’re already a Six Month Smiles provider, oral appliance therapy is a perfect complement to enhance your services. Consider these five reasons for incorporating it into your practice:

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Topics: The Economics of Dentistry, Dental Practice Tips

Provide An Extraordinary Experience At Your Dental Office During Every Visit

Posted by 6monthsmiles on 4/25/17 3:07 PM

Customer service is an essential aspect of dentistry. In the past, a dental practice could be seen as being a great dental practice because it provided outstanding dental care. Times have changed, and a dental practice not only wants to provide outstanding dental care, but it also wants to outweigh the competition when it comes to providing customer service.

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Topics: The Economics of Dentistry, Dental Practice Tips

Use Treatment Brochures As A Conversation Starter

Posted by Lee Ann Brady on 2/27/17 2:44 PM

Use marketing materials.

A major barrier to selling patients on aesthetic treatments such as Six Month Smiles is that they have zero idea you offer them. Let’s be real, sometimes when you work in the back it’s easy to forget what patients experience in the waiting room.

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Topics: The Economics of Dentistry, Marketing Information, Dental Practice Tips

Why You Should Meet New Patients In A Friendly Space

Posted by Lee Ann Brady on 1/19/17 5:49 PM

Dentistry can raise anyone’s anxiety levels, even those who claim they aren’t afraid. There may be an excess of amenities – warm towels, popular music, smiling hygienist, soft blankets – and laying back in that dental chair might still make for a somewhat unpleasant experience.  

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Topics: The Economics of Dentistry, Marketing Information

An Action Plan To Improve Your Bottom Line: Smile Rating

Posted by Dr. John Nosti on 1/12/17 11:06 AM

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Most people – whether they admit it or not – wish they could be more attractive. This isn’t necessarily negative. Part of increasing the amount of cosmetic dentistry in your practice comes from recognizing and acting on this human condition.

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Topics: The Economics of Dentistry, Marketing Information, Dental Practice Tips

How Continuing Education Can Profoundly Impact Professional Satisfaction

Posted by Dr. Eric W. Jones on 1/5/17 9:52 AM

The 5:30am alarm bell rings to get you out of bed and ready for work. Your level of motivation (and even inspiration) in this moment directly affects your practice.

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Topics: Clinical Information, Leadership, The Economics of Dentistry, Dental Practice Tips

Why Every GP Invisalign® Provider Needs to Become Certified in Six Month Smiles®

Posted by Dr. Amanda Wilson on 11/17/16 4:00 PM

You may have seen my post earlier this week: I proudly became one of the few Orthodontists to become certified as a Six Month Smiles® provider. Over the years, I’ve coached hundreds of General Dentists with various aligner systems. All too often, finishing cases is a significant barrier to overcome and trying to educate General Dentists who have no knowledge of basic straight-wire biomechanics is a challenge at its core.

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Topics: The Economics of Dentistry, Six Month Smiles, Dental Practice Tips, Reviews

What It's REALLY Like to Get Certified by Six Month Smiles

Posted by Dr. Amanda Wilson on 11/14/16 3:00 PM

I did it – I successfully completed the Level 1 course from Six Month Smiles. As an Orthodontist with 10+ years of clinical experience with thousands of fixed and removable outcomes under my belt, this may by counter-intuitive. Truthfully, Six Month Smiles certification has been on my orthodontic bucket-list for years now. It’s a wildly successful brand, both nationally and internationally. Doctors rave about the services, support, and experience. I wanted to know the “secret sauce”.

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Topics: Short Term Orthodontics, The Economics of Dentistry, Six Month Smiles, Dental Practice Tips, Reviews

Have Any Of Your Team Members Benefited From Six Month Smiles?

Posted by Lee Ann Brady on 10/26/16 2:26 PM

Do all of your team members have straight teeth?

If not, it might be time to make them an advocate for the treatment you want to sell. If any of your team members could benefit from short term ortho, consider investing in their smile to get patients interested in treatment.

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Topics: Leadership, The Economics of Dentistry, Six Month Smiles, Dental Practice Tips, Team

About Us

Six Month Smiles 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 rewarding for everyone. The first step to becoming a Provider is to Register for an upcoming Six Month Smiles 2 Day Hands-On Course.

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