Our Publisher, Lisa Moler, says stay strong, be courageous, and fulfill your goals for future success!
I’m sitting at my computer on a beautiful day, writing my winter message, and Billy Joel’s song, “Keeping the Faith” started playing. It started me thinking of the past and the future and how sometimes, it seems easier to stay “lost in let’s remember” than move forward and face an often scary unknown.
One of my most meaningful mantras is “faith over fear.” It is so easy to keep to the same schedule, keep the same business protocols, and the same way of doing things, in a safe comfort zone. MedMark publications are meant to help you break out of that habit. We want you to not only read about the expanding opportunities for every aspect of your practice, but also to have the foresight to bring these innovations into your practice for your patients and your own success.
After almost 2 decades of dental publishing, I have seen many advancements revolutionize dental specialties. I remember when dentists were wary of finding a new use for their darkroom space and welcoming digital imaging into the practice. Now, not only X-rays, but a myriad of digital technologies connect every aspect of the practice, from X-rays, to practice management, to marketing, and connecting with patients. Even AI has found its way to the dental office. AI is constantly evolving, so all of you brave “early adopters” should be excited about the prospects!
No matter your specialty, innovations have transformed the way dental professionals practice — choices for clear aligner materials and 3D printing for orthodontists, new implant technologies for implant-focused dentists, and files and equipment to clean the root canal space for longer-lasting endodontic results. I have a personal involvement in many important breakthroughs affecting and saving the lives of those who suffer from sleep-breathing disorders. We are honored to bring you all of the latest clinical and business options.
In our winter issue, here are some articles that will help you to fulfill your ambitious and enlightened goals. Our cover story by Drs. Todd Bovenizer and Christopher Baker talks about how Ormco has brought meaningful, clinically focused orthodontic advancements, like Spark Clear Aligners, to their practice. Our CE by Dr. Melissa Shotell takes a systematic look at what it takes to add a 3D printer to your practice, for faster implementation and smoother workflow. Dr. Sabina Dragan’s CE explains the benefits and various uses for CO2 lasers in the multidisciplinary orthodontic practice. Subscribers who pass the CE quiz can receive 2 CE credits! Dr. Maria Sokolina points out the connection between myofunctional therapy and orthodontics in the treatment of sleep-breathing disordered patients.
We can do the research, but you have to take the leap of faith. Billy Joel’s song has the right idea about honoring the past but propelling ourselves into the future:
“You can get just so much from a good thing
You can linger too long in your dreams
Say goodbye to the oldies but goodies
‘Cause the good ole days weren’t always good
And tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.”
Don’t linger too long while others take initiative. Choose faith over fear to flourish personally and professionally!
To your best success,
Lisa Moler says that if you have the courage to fulfill your goals, you will not just survive — you will thrive! Read more here: https://orthopracticeus.com/columns/dont-just-survive-thrive/