Week in Review: Dentist numbers to increase | Aligners and tooth movement | CAD/CAM veneers

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

The number of full-time dentists in the U.S. is projected to increase through 2037, according to a new ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI) brief. However participants in an ADA HPI webinar cautioned that a number of other factors influence how many dentists are really needed to meet patient demand. Read more here.

In clinical news on DrBicuspid.com, how does actual tooth movement with clear aligners compare with intended results? Are certain tooth movements easier to achieve than others? Researchers used 3D imaging software to examine the differences between predicted and achieved results. Learn more here.

While many patients are considering clear-aligner treatment, this study illustrated how you and your team need to clearly communicate to patients what these aligners can, and cannot, do. A patient may have an expectation for what a treatment will accomplish. It's up to you to explain both sides.

The introduction of new materials for CAD/CAM systems and improvement in bonding techniques have made treatments such as ceramic laminate veneers possible. Researchers studied two glass-ceramic blocks to find out how they held up over five years. Read more here.

As the practice leader, you make all the major decisions. As within any business, for things to operate smoothly, decisions both big and small must made -- sometimes daily. In his latest Practice Success tip, Dr. Roger P. Levin writes that your job as the leader is to bring the team together, gather information and feedback, weigh the pros and cons, and provide the direction. Read more here.

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