Fall Shows 2017

We look forward to seeing you at these shows this fall!

Be sure to visit us at our booth to learn about our new e-commerce platform and have the opportunity to meet Dr. Robert “Tito” Norris, the inventor of the revolutionary FiT.20 self-ligating bracket system.* To learn more about the FiT.20 system prior to the show click here to visit our website. Continue reading “Fall Shows 2017”

Six Sigma and Lean: The New Kids on the Orthodontic Block

Two of the ideas we’ve seen popping up in dental and orthodontic literature are Lean Management and Six Sigma Management. For those who aren’t familiar with these ideas, they are systems management processes for businesses. Lean Management focuses on eliminating waste (anything that doesn’t contribute to reaching your final goal) while Six Sigma focuses on eliminating mistakes by improving your systems. In our little sphere of the business world, Lean and Six Sigma are showing up in practice management applicationspractice building strategies and even in CE classes.

Obviously with what we do at MidAtlantic Ortho (design, manufacture and manage inventory) we are well acquainted with these efficiency and quality-assurance ideas. While these types of processes have a direct application to what we do, it’s worth considering if there are any ideas that can be extrapolated for the individual practice? For most practices, and really most businesses, the answer is a resounding yes. Continue reading “Six Sigma and Lean: The New Kids on the Orthodontic Block”

The 4:30 Way to Win the Day

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With so much change rippling through orthodontics, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos and lose sight of why we entered the profession. No matter what you do, orthodontics is a people profession. It’s about interacting with people, getting to know their hopes and fears and ultimately, helping them solve at least some their problems. Unfortunately, most of us are too busy to appreciate this.

Ever have one of those days where you’re so busy doing work that you don’t get anything accomplished? The truth about today is that we are more accessible than ever before. Even the most carefully planned day is one phone call or text message away from spiraling out of control. This always-on mentality means that we are multi-tasking all the time. While it may feel productive, it’s probably not. Too many people confuse action with accomplishment, motion with movement.

The question is how do you stay grounded, be productive and keep in-touch with what really matters? For me, joining the 4:30 Club has made all the difference in the world. What is the 4:30 Club? I’m glad you asked. Continue reading “The 4:30 Way to Win the Day”

“Excuse Me, Is This Buccal Tube Organic?”

shutterstock_465653942With the announcement that Amazon is buying up Whole Foods, the online retailer is again flexing its muscles. In Whole Foods, they are getting a true market innovator who almost single-handedly drove the crunchy, feel-good food craze. The question is what comes next? We’ve speculated that Amazon is eyeing up dental products. As dentistry goes, so goes orthodontics. Will patients be logging in to their Amazon account to buy Whole Food fair-trade coffee, Guatemalan hemp dental floss and gluten-free, organic buccal tubes? Is orthodontics about to get crunchy? Continue reading ““Excuse Me, Is This Buccal Tube Organic?””

MidAtlantic Ortho is proud to announce the addition of Ashleigh Krutzsch to the MAO family!

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With more than 10 years of experience working as an orthodontic assistant, Ashleigh brings with her a wealth of knowledge about the day-to-day operations of an orthodontic practice. If it has to do with ortho, she knows it well! Her professional background also includes working within a multi-office setting, giving her firsthand experience of the challenges and opportunities that come with managing inventory for multiple offices simultaneously.

Ashleigh also had the opportunity to work in a product development environment. This unique experience gives her an acute understanding of how subtle product changes or enhancements can deliver markedly improved clinical performance.

For all of these reasons, we are confident that Ashleigh will be a fantastic addition to the MidAtlantic Ortho family as our newest Customer Service Representative!

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Clean Conscience

Five Ways to Keep Your Instruments Looking and Working Like New

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It happens to us all. You return from the recent convention having purchased a spiffy set of new pliers. They look fantastic when they arrive; shiny and spectacular! The techs run them through sterilization and place them into circulation. Just two weeks later they look…a little ill. Within a few months, the luster is gone and they look more like a rusty backyard swing set.

So why did this happen? And more importantly, how can you prevent it from happening again? Whether you use dry-heat, steam or statim, here are some tried-and-true ways to keep your pliers in tip-top condition. Continue reading “Clean Conscience”

The Future (of Orthodontics) Remains Unwritten

 

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Mike Parlante
Executive Vice President, MidAtlantic Ortho

Here’s an interesting follow-up article by Dr. Giacobbi about Amazon’s upcoming role in the dental marketplace. With the rise of DSO’s and the potential for real savings, the smart money suggests that bottom-line savings will edge out the long-running relationship between Dentist/Supplier. With unmatched distribution infrastructure and digital tentacles touching on more and more aspects of daily life, Amazon seems like a logical entity to initiate this kind of change. It’s not a matter of if, but when, right?

Not so fast. Continue reading “The Future (of Orthodontics) Remains Unwritten”