Townie® Poll

Orthodontics

Poll conducted from 11/2/2006 To 12/1/2006

Do you believe orthodontic treatment has become faster/more efficient in the last five years?
813 total votes
77%
a. Yes
23%
b. No
Have you ever asked your local Orthodontist to help you with an ortho case that you were treating in your office?
426 total votes
34%
a. Yes
39%
b. No
27%
c. I do not treat orthodontic patients
What is the appropriate fee range for an adult case with conventional brackets and 24-month treatment time?
392 total votes
8%
a. $3,000-3,500
18%
b. $3,501-4,000
25%
c. $4,001-4,500
29%
d. $4,501-5,000
20%
e. $5,001+
What is the appropriate fee range for an adult case with clear aligners and 24-month treatment time?
376 total votes
12%
a. $3,600-4,000
18%
b. $4,001-4,500
25%
c. $4,501-5,000
30%
d. $5,001-6,000
15%
e. $6,001+
Why do many general dentists avoid ortho in their practice?
419 total votes
14%
a. Too much equipment/special materials
9%
b. Lack of ortho-trained staff
18%
c. No interest in orthodontics
18%
d. Do not believe available CE is adequate
41%
e. I perform ortho in my practice
What is your reaction to the news that Align Technology, Inc. (makers of Invisalign) has acquired the intellectual property and patents of OrthoClear?
405 total votes
33%
a. I hope Align incorporates some of the great features from OrthoClear
26%
b. I am disappointed that OrthoClear is gone
19%
c. I want to learn more about Invisalign for my practice
6%
d. I will discontinue clear aligner treatment in my practice
15%
e. I have no interest in orthodontics
How often do you employ self-ligating brackets in your practice?
417 total votes
51%
a. Never
12%
b. 1-25% of the time
4%
c. 26-75%
3%
d. 76%+
29%
e. I do not treat orthodontic patients
Do you use the services of an outside agency to assist with treatment planning of traditional orthodontic cases?
401 total votes
19%
a. Yes
46%
b. No
35%
c. I do not treat orthodontic patients
How often do you finish your clear aligner cases with brackets for any period of time?
394 total votes
47%
a. Less than 10% of cases
7%
b. 11-50% of cases
5%
c. More than 51% of cases
41%
d. I do not treat orthodontic patients
What is your opinion of short-course orthodontic treatment that lasts approximately four-to-six months and aims to correct cosmetic deficiencies only?
417 total votes
10%
a. I would never perform or recommend this approach
63%
b. This is a great treatment for some patients
9%
c. It seems too fast to be effective
8%
d. I do not know any orthodontists who offer this treatment
10%
e. I want to offer this in my practice

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