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pdf Case Reports: Intrusion Into Occlusion - Why Invisalign Is the Appliance of Choice for Open- and for Deep-Bite Corrections by Jeremy Kurtz, DDS

Case #1—Using intrusion to treat an open bite
A despondent 26-year-old man came to our office. He presented with a Class I malocclusion, posterior crossbite, and significant anterior open bite of approximately 5 mm. The patient was only biting on the first and second molars (Figure 1). This bite was most likely the reason the patient had had root canal therapy and crowns on teeth #18 and #31.

pdf Case Reports: Using Invisalign to Create Ideal Space and Proportions for Implants and Crowns by Jeremy Kurtz, DDS

Lucy, a 32-year-old woman, presented at my office with a problem. She had been missing tooth #9 for several years, ever since she had been in an accident. Ever since, she had been wearing a flipper which she strongly disliked. She had maxillary and mandibular spacing, and even with the flipper, she had a large diastema between teeth #8 and #9 (Figure 1). She wanted to have an implant placed in the position of tooth #9, but she also wanted to close all the spaces and have equal-sized maxillary incisors. The current space where tooth #9 was missing was quite large (Figure 2).

pdf Financial Management: Outside the Box by Ralph Adorno

  1. Five essential things to know about Social Security.
  2. Be sure to add a waiver of payment to your next life insurance application!
  3. Have you had a pharmacy prescription filled lately?
  4. Six important things to know about Medigap (or Medicare Supplement) plans.
  5. What are your thoughts on using annuities as a strategy for retirement planning?

pdf Practice Management: Three Ways to Minimize the Insurance Objection by Amy Drewery

  1. Don’t be the first one to bring it up.
  2. Don’t prejudge just because patients ask about their insurance.
  3. Don’t bad-mouth insurance.

pdf Pre-restorative Orthodontics: Restorative Challenge #3: Using Clear Aligners to Overcome Aesthetic Dilemmas by Richard Schmidt, BSc, DDS

The successful outcome of dental treatment is dependent on many factors. The SPEAR Education model promotes the use of the acronym “EFSB.” The diagnosis and treatment plan of a patient begins with “E,” esthetics, followed by “F,” function of the masticatory system; “S,” structural integrity of the supporting teeth; and “B,” biology of the oral cavity. For greater insight into the EFSB model, one can visit SPEAR Education.

pdf Social Media & Technology: Reputation Marketing: Getting the Visibility and Credibility Needed to Be Found Online by Len Tau, DMD

Using the power of the Internet has become one of the biggest avenues that dentists look to in attracting new patients, after direct word-of-mouth referrals from existing patients. In order to succeed in the race to the top of a Google search, your practice needs both visibility and credibility, two different things that people often confuse. The easiest way to achieve both is to focus on reputation marketing, the process of getting your happy patients to talk about you online.

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