Townie® Poll

Orthodontics

Poll conducted from 10/5/2005 To 11/14/2005

How do you handle ortho in your practice?
1259 total votes
18%
I perform ortho in my practice
42%
I refer ortho out
27%
Both of the above
13%
I don’t perform ortho in my practice
When do you make most of your referrals to the orthodontist?
790 total votes
26%
When the patient has reached age 7
19%
When all the primary teeth have exfoliated
10%
When the child starts to ask or show concern about their malocclusion
8%
When the parent asks for a referral
37%
Other
How many Orthodontists do you refer to in your community?
791 total votes
23%
1
39%
2
24%
3
15%
4 or more
What is the most important factor when selecting an Orthodontist for referral?
795 total votes
24%
Patient case specifics
3%
Insurance compatibility
21%
Convenient location for patient
41%
Personal relationship
11%
Other
If you offer some orthodontic services in your practice, do you routinely discuss cases with your local orthodontist?
770 total votes
28%
Yes, my orthodontist is very helpful
26%
No, it is too awkward
46%
I do not do orthodontics in my practice
If you do not currently perform orthodontics in your practice, will you add that service in the future?
766 total votes
14%
Yes, I want to take some courses and get started
43%
No, I would rather refer to the specialist
43%
I am already providing orthodontic services
Which is the most difficult population to manage in orthodontics?
717 total votes
57%
Teenagers
20%
Adults
22%
All of the above
Are your patients requesting treatment with clear, plastic aligners?
766 total votes
73%
Yes
27%
No
Do you currently treat patients with clear, plastic aligners?
787 total votes
12%
Yes, clear aligners only
20%
Yes, I offer clear aligners and traditional ortho
19%
No, I perform traditional ortho only
48%
I do not perform ortho in my practice
If no, why do you not treat patients with clear, plastic aligners?
558 total votes
5%
Patients not asking for it
9%
I don't believe it works
19%
It is too expensive
66%
I do not perform ortho in my practice
If yes, do you intend on starting more, fewer, or the same number of cases in the next 3 months?
731 total votes
31%
I intend to start more cases
4%
I intend to start fewer cases
14%
I intend to start the same number of cases
6%
I don't intend to start any cases at all
46%
I do not perform ortho in my practice

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