June 18, 2018
by Sharon William, Koch Orthodontics
A lot of your patients probably get skittish prior to getting braces right? The best way to calm them down is by reminding them why they are getting braces in the first place and how they will benefit from them. Better yet, show your patients how getting braces will affect their oral health in the long term with images and videos.
Help relieve your patients of their pain if they are suffering from teeth grinding, TMJ/jaw pain, tooth decay, gum disease or clenching with braces.
Here are seven orthodontic tips to get your patients excited about life with braces:
1. Explain the Positive Changes of Getting Braces
Remind your patients of the benefits of why they decided to get braces in the first place and how it will improve their appearance and lifestyle after getting braces.
You can further encourage them to continue with their decision to get braces in the highest of spirits by showing them the before and after pictures of your former patients who had gotten braces, their aesthetic improvement will give your current patients the motivation to follow through with getting braces.
2. Encourage Your Patients to Take Pictures of their Orthodontic Journey
Encourage your patients to document their orthodontic journey as the before and after pictures are a great way to let your patients see the benefits of getting braces themselves.
3. Create a Rewards System
Encourage your patients to write out how they will reward themselves after reaching certain orthodontic treatment milestones. You can motivate them by giving examples of what your past patients have rewarded themselves.
Planning out rewards according to certain dates is much easier to remember and gives the patient a clear idea of their end goal.
Rewards don’t have to be extravagant and the treat can be simple such as:
4. Allow Your Patients to Bring a Friend or Family Member
Allow your patients to bring a close friend or family member with them when they come for their orthodontic appointments as the assurance of having a close friend or family member will ease your patient’s anxiety. Provide a nearby sitting space for your patient’s guest.
5. Use Customizable Appliances
Orthodontic devices can be customized in many ways so make these options available to your clients. Offering your patients to choose their own colored bands is a fun and interactive exercise that will allow them to express their own unique personalities through their braces.
A lot of orthodontic practices now offer different types of brackets that come in various types of designs like hearts, flowers and footballs. Personalized devices are popular with children and adults both as it allows them choose their own teeth braces.
6. Attentive Staff
You and your team are responsible for setting the tone of how your patients receive treatment at your clinic. Create a positive and comfortable vibe and atmosphere as you want your patients to be looking forward to their treatment. Make sure that all your patients feel comfortable and are well supported by your staff in their orthodontic journey.
7. No One is Ever Too Old for Braces
Your patients are never too old to get orthodontic treatment. Explain and emphasize the positive outcomes of getting adult braces at any age to your patients.
Preparing your patients for what to expect prior to getting braces is the best thing that you can do for them as their orthodontist. Putting your patients at ease with these 7 orthodontic tips will make their orthodontic journey as smooth as possible.
About the Author
Sharon William’s day job is to handle digital marketing for Koch Orthodontics in Lawrenceville, GA. With a flair for creating compelling content that clears the clutter and connects with the audience in an instant, she writes about dental topics to educate and help her readers. She truly believes that a genuine smile can win a million hearts and talks to her readers about improving their smiles and overall dental health, as well as enhancing their overall lifestyle. In her free time, she likes to organize small meets in her neighbourhood where she brings people together to discuss various topics that she writes about.
Great tips! Patients are usually scared about various kinds of treatment and it is quite common. The dentist should be there to give all the necessary knowledge to rather excite them for the treatments. I really like this post of yours. Thanks.
Great tips! The patient should be comfortable enough to get excited regarding the dental treatment. It can be the way how they treat the patient. Little anxiety among patients is quite common but the dentist and their team can get rid of that too. When the patient visits the dentistry regularly, they become habitual. Thanks for sharing.
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We’ve found that the best way of reducing stress for the patient is to educate them and like you said show how it will benefit them. Videos are a great way to do that. Great article! http://www.kimroberts.com
Great article and awesome website!
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