A critical process in the use of Invisalign is learning to best approach your Clincheck workflow. The dilemma with the growth in Invisalign utilization is the increasing number of Clinchecks that must be reviewed. Although Invisalign does gain many clinical efficiencies, I find many doctors share a concern with the increasing time commitment to reviewing Clinchecks and keeping up with the pending cases.
Anyone interested in growing Invisalign in their practice will need to consider conditioning and systems to streamline the process to avoid many potential pain points from using this CAD software. The Clincheck is a very important process in successfully treating patients with Invisalign. The additional time investment in this process is what usually catches up with doctors as they grow this segment of their practice.
My number one advise in addressing a growing volume of Clinchecks is training and mentoring an Invisalign coordinator. This member of your team is leveraged to delegate most of the clincheck workflow. The Invisalign coordinator handles the submission of cases, uploads records onto the Invisalign doctor site, audits digital impressions taken each day to make sure no patient falls through the cracks, and keeps the doctor on track with the pending cases.
A systemized Clincheck review process is also critical to manage time developing the Invisalign treatment plan. By a systemized review, I mean a deliberate and repeatable process that the doctor performs when reviewing each clincheck. The intent of following a step by step process is to minimize the number of modifications done for each patient. By decreasing the number of revisions to one or two per patient, doctor time is reduced significantly. The challenge is in making each revision as effective as possible, and this can be achieved by using the 3D controls effectively and using a solid list of written revisions for each treatment type.
Setting time for Clincheck reviews is another critical component to managing an increasing case load. Since this work can be done at any hour of the day, it is quite easy for it to intrude into personal and family time. Although scheduling clincheck time after clinical hours is an option, it should be deliberate. The true challenge is in committing to having appropriate and undisturbed time throughout each week to keep up with all the pending cases.