Thanks for all your responses to last week's tip. We got some great ideas for topics to cover in the upcoming reference guide.
We always love to hear from our providers. Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have questions or tips to share.
Speaking of which, today's tips come to us from Dr. James Grigsby of Garland, Texas. He started treating patients with ClearCorrect as soon as we got FDA approval in 2009, so chances are, he knows what he's talking about.
The easy way to install engagers
Dr. Grigsby calls this "the best tip of all." When he places engagers, instead of using the entire engager template, he trims off the sections that don't have engagers. The engager still gets placed accurately, but it's a lot easier to pry off just a small portion of the template. (We got a similar suggestion from Dr. Mark Bentele last year.)
Dr. Grigsby says that he and his staff "used to sigh" when they had to place engagers because they were so cumbersome, but now it's a breeze.
Slow & steady wins the race
Dr. Grigsby also shared another technique that he says helps him avoid fitting problems and case revisions: all of his patients wear each step of aligners for four weeks at a time instead of three.
He explains upfront to his patients that sticking to his prescribed wear schedule helps to ensure that all of the intended movements have taken place in each step before moving on to the next one.
That technique might not be for everybody, but Dr. Grigsby says he's gotten great results with it.
If you do prescribe a longer wear schedule for your patients, please be sure to let your account rep know, so we can reschedule our production. As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, if your schedule gets too far out of sync with ours, phases can start to stack up in your office.
Thanks again to Dr. Grigsby. If you have anything you'd like to share, please let us know.
Until next time...