Happy Patient and a Happy Doctor!- A Case Study by Dr. Shockley Wier

Posted by POS Course Adviser on 6/9/22 1:11 PM

As part of our Consultant Spotlight this week, learn how our POS Consultant and Instructor, Dr. Shockley Wier, treats 9 year old Steve in Saint Paris, Ohio.

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Topics: Growth, Class III, Case Study, Phase 1, Orthodontics, Crossbite

Case Study: The Transformation of a Gummy Smile into a Confident Smile

Posted by POS Course Adviser on 11/25/19 12:32 PM

In the spirit of giving thanks, we are sharing a story that we received from POS Instructor, Dr. Kaushal Kishore.  Learn how he successfully used growth with a new orthodontic technique to treat crowding and a gummy smile.

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Topics: SmileStream, Growth, Case Study, POS Family, Skeletal Anchorage, Comprehensive Orthodontics, Thankful

Breaking Down the Barriers to Interceptive Orthodontics: Dr. Shockley Wier's Phase 1 Consult Script

Posted by POS Course Adviser on 7/9/19 4:00 PM


One of the most valuable services I provide is orthodontic screenings for young patients.

Before kids get all their permanent teeth, an orthodontic screening can help me predict how teeth will erupt and how jaws will relate, and if there will be problems as they grow. Screening kids early helps me to better guide their growth to have better occlusion and long term health.

Unfortunately, some parents think of braces as a “teenager” thing. They may not understand how two phase orthodontics can help their kids and don’t want to consider orthodontics on their young children. Instead of having a difficult consultation, inform your patients' families effectively.

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Topics: Orthodontic Tips, POS Instructor Tips, Growth, Tips for Success, Mixed Dentition, Business of Orthodontics, Growth Management

How do you set up Phase 1 billing? A POS Family discussion

Posted by POS Course Adviser on 4/22/19 7:24 PM

Have you ever wondered how to set up your Phase 1 and Phase 2 cases in billing?

Sometimes hearing what experienced colleagues do is the best guide. Here's a thread on SmileStream's Collaborate section that we thought would be helpful to many dentists. It even includes example scripts of an orthodontic patient consultation!

See POS graduates discussing how they set up mixed dentition set up and what works for them.

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Topics: Orthodontic Tips, SmileStream, Growth, POS Family, Tips for Success, Mixed Dentition, Phase 1, Business of Orthodontics, Orthodontics

Q&A with POS Instructor Dr. Ben Villalon | The importance of understanding growth

Posted by POS Course Adviser on 10/23/17 10:07 AM

We enjoyed having Dr. Ben Villalon from Texas at POS Headquarters last weekend to teach Seminar 14 of the Dentofacial Orthodontics Series. He explains how individual growth prediction takes the guesswork out of orthodontic treatment in this interview.

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Topics: Orthodontic Tips, POS Instructor Tips, Growth, POS Family, Mixed Dentition

Q&A with POS Instructor Ben Villalon | Expert Mixed Dentition Orthodontics Advice [Video + Transcript]

Posted by POS Course Adviser on 3/15/17 8:19 AM

POS Instructor Dr. Ben Villalon came to POS headquarters for Update 2017 so we took the opportunity to ask him questions about his area of expertise: mixed dentition orthodontics.

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Topics: Orthodontic Tips, POS Instructor Tips, Growth, Tips for Success, Current POS Students, Mixed Dentition, Phase 1

The largest growth study in dentistry was done by...an American general dentist?

Posted by POS Course Adviser on 8/23/16 1:08 PM

How one dentist created unprecedented growth predictions from the most statistically significant growth study in dental history


In the past decade, there has been a large increase in our knowledge of dentofacial growth. The exciting advances are allowing dentists to have unprecedented knowledge of their growing patients. Dentists now have data on the expected maxilla and mandible growth left for an individual patient. These new tools can help dentists to decide when and how to start treatment for the greatest chance of success.

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Topics: Orthodontic News, Growth, Research, B. Donald McGann

Clinical Analysis: Correcting Class III Malocclusions with Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment

Posted by POS Course Adviser on 6/17/16 12:22 PM

The American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommend that young patients get an orthodontic evaluation at 6 or 7 years of age.1, 2 An early orthodontic check-up enables clinicians to spot current or potential problems with their patient’s occlusion and jaw growth. This can especially be valuable for Class III patients.

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Topics: Orthodontic News, Growth, Research, Class III, Mixed Dentition

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