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National TMJ Awareness Month

Posted by POS Course Adviser on 11/11/21 6:00 AM

 

Dr. Suzie Bergman serves as a Tenured Instructor for McGann Postgraduate School of Dentistry and Progressive Orthodontic Seminars.

What is TMJ? 

TMJ is an abbreviation for Temporomandibular Joint. When people say, “I have TMJ” this is similar to saying “I have knee”. We actually have two of them! The TMJ is the articulation of the movable lower jaw (mandible) and the base of the skull (temporal bone) that make it possible to open and close the mouth. Located on each side of the head, the TMJ is a ball and socket joint, with an intervening disc, that works together along with supporting jaw muscles and ligaments to allow chewing, speaking, and swallowing.

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Topics: Progressive Orthodontic Seminars, Orthodontic Education, TMJ, TMD, Dental Education, TMJ Treatment

Aligner Myths: How to Avoid Future Misdiagnosis?

Posted by POS Course Adviser on 10/7/21 5:00 AM

As the demand for aligners grows, so does the chance for misdiagnosis. Relying solely on a lab tech to treatment plan your patients isn’t ideal. We asked our Aligner+ Instructor and Consultant, Dr. Collins Harrell, to identify the most common issues that arise from improper diagnosis and treatment planning of aligner cases, and this is what he said:

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Topics: Orthodontic Tips, Clear Aligners, Orthodontics, Progressive Orthodontic Seminars, Aligners, Mentoring, Consulting

Common Obstacles When Starting Ortho      Part 1: Finding Cases

Posted by POS Course Adviser on 9/14/21 6:45 AM

Learning orthodontics and treating orthodontic cases might sound simple, but it's not always a seamless process for everyone. Getting those first few cases, worrying about the investment and lacking confidence can be disheartening when starting an ortho practice. In this 3 part blog series we go over some of the obstacles students encounter when starting cases and some helpful tips to overcome them.

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Topics: SmileStream, Tips for Success, Current POS Students, New POS Students, Orthodontics, Progressive Orthodontic Seminars, Materials, Progressive Dental Supply

Top 3 Causes of Band Bracket Breakage

Posted by PDS Branch on 7/21/21 11:23 AM

Read more to learn about common causes of patients' band brackets breaking. Here's a couple of tips on how to minimize breakage!

Progressive Dental Supply (PDS) is there for you in your time of need. We like to support our POS family and help supply them with their needs during cases.


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Topics: SmileStream, Orthodontic Supplies, Progressive Dental Supply, Band Brackets

How to Send Quick Check Records to an Instructor via SmileStream

Posted by POS Course Adviser on 6/2/21 5:10 PM
Wondering if your case is appropriate to start at your current skill level? Ask an instructor.
 
Use POS' most valuable resource the free Case Quick Check. Sending your quick check records to instructors is easy. Watch this video tutorial or follow these steps to send records to an instructor.
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Topics: My First Ortho Patient, SmileStream, Tips for Success, Current POS Students, New POS Students, Video, Consulting, Orthodontic Education

Have You Used POS' Most Valuable Free Resource?

Posted by POS Course Adviser on 6/2/21 5:02 PM

Starting cases early has proven to lead to long term orthodontic success. We encourage our students to start cases early on in their orthodontic education to help reach their full potential. We have created the free 5-Minute Quick Check resource to help students get started.

Identifying the appropriate case to start when new to orthodontics might feel daunting. Our instructors ease those fears by telling students which cases are good or not to start with. 

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Topics: My First Ortho Patient, Tips for Success, Current POS Students, New POS Students, Consulting, Orthodontic Education

Top Tips for Orthodontic Cash Flow

Posted by POS Course Adviser on 5/27/21 12:27 PM

Dr. David Dana has been practicing orthodontics now for almost 3 decades! As Progressive Orthodontic Seminar's Education Director, he knows just how special orthodontics is for his practice and his patients. Learning orthodontics isn't just beneficial to you, but to your whole practice and all of your patients. The video below will give you the highlights of what learning orthodontics can do for you. 

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Topics: Orthodontic News, POS Instructor Tips, POS Family, Tips for Success, New POS Students, Orthodontics, Progressive Orthodontic Seminars

PDS Unveils New Second Order Bend Pliers Set

Posted by PDS Branch on 5/12/21 9:06 AM

Exclusive to PDS, Discover Our New Second Order Bend Pliers Set

Progressive Orthodontic Seminars (POS) and Progressive Dental Supply (PDS) are proud to introduce new, innovative finishing pliers for second order bends designed by head instructor, Dr. David Dana.

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Topics: SmileStream, Orthodontic Supplies

5 Reasons Why More Dentists are Eager to Provide Orthodontics in the Post-Pandemic Economy

Posted by POS Course Adviser on 4/28/21 9:28 AM

We are publishing articles in a new series called “Dentistry in the time of COVID-19”, addressing how dentistry and orthodontics are changing, with tips to adapt your practice to this new environment.

With communities and businesses starting to reopen in certain regions, many dentists have strategized how to strengthen their practices' financial health in 2021 and beyond.

In this article, we've detailed five reasons why more general dentists are choosing to add orthodontics to their services. 

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Topics: Orthodontic News, Tips for Success, Clear Aligners, Business of Orthodontics, Orthodontics, Dentistry during COVID-19

6 Tips to Avoid Orthodontic Relapse

Posted by POS Course Adviser on 4/1/21 2:47 PM
 
Have you ever been excited when you removed braces and saw a gorgeous finish? But then you noticed a few months to two years later, that your patient's teeth didn't have the same beautiful alignment, maybe with spaces reopening or teeth rotating back to their original positions? 
 
This "April Fools" type of case is called "relapse" and occurs because teeth often want to go back to their original positions. 
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Topics: POS Instructor Tips, Tips for Success, Current POS Students, Case Finishing, Orthodontics for Beginners, Mechanics, Orthodontic Supplies

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