Selecting treatment modalities for an optimal patient fit is essential in maximizing patient motivation and enhancing the patient experience. However, in order for clear therapy like Invisalign to be presented as a choice for all patients, doctors must be able to effectively scale the associated digital tasks that come with modern digital treatments. This is where many find themselves struggling and frustrated with the additional time outside the office they feel they need to spend designing treatment. As a result, doctors unfortunately begin steering people away from clear aligners (whether they are even consciously aware of it) while rationalizing their decision to limit patient’s options. It should not be this way…
Using the Takt Time concept that we have previously discussed, we can anticipate when barriers will become evident based in your practice based on the average ClinCheck set-up time it takes each doctor.
As we can see in the above graphic, less experienced doctors, who have to spend 15min (often longer) designing treatment on the ClinCheck software, will find them severely limited in their ability to deliver treatment with Invisalign. Doctors who understand the software and are able to effectively use it should only be spending 5min or less during the treatment design process. Otherwise, the design process becomes disruptive to the practice and significantly limits doctors’ ability to treat patients with products like Invisalign.
There are two main areas where doctors must improve their skills to be able to design and manage ClinChecks efficiently:
- Developing effective office workflows to manage the flow of digital tasks and dedicate a workflow coordinator on your team.
- Learning to utilize software systems properly. In the case of Invisalign, this requires leveraging their optimized features instead of labor intensive conventional clear aligner biomechanics the same as we use custom “straight-wire” bracket prescriptions instead of zero-prescription brackets with braces.
I recommend that we understand how long it is taking each one of us and begin look critically for areas where we can improve our skills so we can confidently treat patients how they want to be treated.