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In Person CE Is The Biggest Waste Of Money - Here's Why

Published about 1 month agoΒ β€’Β 5 min read

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Hey Friends,

Have you given up on your new years resolution yet?

If so - you aren't alone lol

I made the classic mistake of taking on too many new goals and habits and already ditched half of them.

I am totally fine with it because I feel like the goals I have now are just a few and I can really focus on them.

In addition to new years goals you may have started to map out where you want to invest your 2024 CE money this year and I wanted to bring to light an alarming issue that nobody really talks about.

You see traditionally in dentistry the only way to learn after dental school is through CE - most of which are in person.

While it is great to connect with people in person - it actually costs you way more money than you think and you are losing money most times you choose to do in person learning.

Not only are you spending money for the course tuition - you also have to factor in the cost of plane tickets, meals, the $15 drinks you end up getting at the hotel lobby bar etc.

You also have to account for the money that you ARE NOT making by taking days off from practicing.

In addition to the money... you are spending time traveling - going to the airport - waiting at security - flight delays - ubers to the hotel - and time away from your family.

On top of the time and money - you are also making a bet on yourself that you are an EXCELLENT note taker because when you attend these lectures if you don't write things down nobody is going to remind you about the info the following week when you go back to try and implement the learnings. It's on you and your memory.

I know you weren't a good note taker even in dental school - (let's be real you were borrowing friends' notes and study guides ) so why would you spend all that money on this CE when you know damn well you're going to forget 90% of what the information is?

On top of needing to be an expert note taker - you have to be alert for all 16 hours - the room is usually freezing cold and all you can think about is how you can escape for a quick bathroom break without the entire room judging you for leaving...

The craziest part is when you go back home after taking the course and you fast forward 3 weeks later - you completely forgot the learnings, can't remember where your notes are, you're getting pushback from the team on all this new "change" and then eventually you give up on implementing the new procedure that you just spent THOUSANDS of dollars on.

If you are measuring your ROI (return on investment) for the program you just went to - you actually LOST money because you aren't even doing the procedure and you spent so much on the entire "experience".

I don't care what anyone says - Implementation is KING when you take CE.

Can you pay for education - digest it - do it.

These are just SOME of the reasons why in person CE is a big waste of money.

But it is not these courses faults because they didn't know any better.

Some people like in person learning and that's fine - but it is not the most cost and time effective way to learn a new procedure when you are prioritizing the ability to IMPLEMENT what you learned.

This is where ONLINE ON DEMAND learning wins - almost every time - especially with aligners.

It used to not exist - but now it does - and it works.... SO WELL.

I hope you take this into consideration for your 2024 CE investments.

I'm not just saying this because I have an online aligner program - look at what Dr. Ivan created with Implant Ninja.

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Whatever you have planned or choose to do with CE this year - if you want the biggest ROI from it just make sure you FOCUS on it and try your best to implement the learnings as FAST as possible.


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Before recommending clear aligners as a treatment option for orthodontic issues, it's essential to thoroughly assess several patient factors. These factors can significantly impact the success of the treatment and ensure that the patient achieves their desired results. Here are key patient factors to consider:

  1. Compliance: Assess the patient's willingness and ability to comply with the recommended treatment plan. Clear aligners require consistent wear for a specified number of hours per day, typically 20-22 hours. Patients who may struggle with compliance should be informed about the importance of wearing aligners as instructed for the best results.
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  2. Commitment: Evaluate the patient's commitment to the treatment process. Clear aligner treatment can take several months to over a year, depending on the complexity of the case. Discuss the importance of regular check-ups and the potential need for refinement aligners to address any issues that may arise during treatment.
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  3. Oral Health: Ensure that the patient's oral health is in good condition before starting clear aligner therapy. Address any existing dental issues, such as cavities or gum disease, as they can impact the effectiveness of the treatment. Encourage the patient to maintain excellent oral hygiene practices throughout their aligner journey.
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  4. Expectations: Have an open and honest conversation with the patient about their expectations. Clear aligners can address a variety of orthodontic concerns, but they may not be suitable for every case. Managing patient expectations and discussing potential limitations is crucial for a successful treatment outcome.
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  5. Lifestyle: Consider the patient's lifestyle and habits. Factors like smoking, teeth grinding (bruxism), or participation in contact sports may require additional precautions or adjustments to the treatment plan.
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By thoroughly assessing these patient factors, you can make informed recommendations and set realistic expectations for clear aligner treatment. This approach increases the likelihood of a successful outcome and a satisfied patient who is actively engaged in their orthodontic journey.


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