The first time you cut a crown prep in dental school, how long did it take you? It took me about 3 days, but I got faster!
The first time you put brackets on in ortho residency how long did that take? It took me half a day… but I got faster!
When I started out in practice it took 3 hours to put braces on. Guess what? I got faster.
Now we can bond upper and lower arches – from start to finish – in less than 15 minutes.
I can hear your thoughts as you read, “You can’t do that!”
Yes we can, and we do, and we even posted a video of us doing a bond on Ortho101. The doctors who visit our offices regularly can attest to this as well.
“Well you can’t do a bond that fast and do a good job… I bet you’re not even bonding 7s”, I can hear that voice inside your head saying. And you’re right. Kinda. We bond 7s when we can easily get to them on the initial bond but we don’t use a NOLA (because they are torture devices and patients hate them) and we don’t engage the 7s on the bond appointment (we wait until we are at least in an 018 wire to do so to avoid the wire coming out of the 7 tube) so we don’t get too upset if we need to bond 7s on the second visit. Patients appreciate you considering their comfort when choosing an isolation device and once you have your systems down you can easily pick up any 7s individually on the next appointment.
“Burris just wants procedures done faster because he’s a greedy bad guy who is not taking care of patients properly”, your inner voice is saying now if you’re a typical orthodontist reading this.
That is your pride talking and you’re getting defensive because you believe you do things “properly” and that anyone who does more or does things faster must be lying, cheating and stealing because you’re doing all that can be reasonably done. Well, I hate to break it to you but you’re missing two major factors.
- Patients HATE retractors and HATE to be laid back in a chair like that and WANT the bond appointment over as quickly as humanly possible!
- You certainly can learn to be faster than you are now!
PATIENT COMFORT SHOULD BE THE DRIVING FORCE ENCOURAGNING YOU TO GO FASTER, DOCTOR!
You can do it. You’ve proved it over and over that you can get better and faster but for some reason “conventional wisdom” dictates that our self improvement levels off and we become satisfied once we get a few years of practice under our belt and become comfortable. For some reason we just stop trying to get better and faster but better and faster should be our goal. Always! Your patients will thank you and there are tons of ancillary benefits as well!