Giving Back at OrthoDenco

Giving Back at OrthoDenco

OrthoDenco gives back to the community in two specific ways. First, we make small donations to a nonprofit called Operation Smile. Operation Smile has global reach, and it specializes in bringing oral surgery to patients with cleft palate. They also focus on a segment of the population that’s in great need of this service, because these are people who are usually poor, in 3rd world countries, who do not have the means, neither the access to this type of treatment.

Also, through partnering practices, we do a small donation to a nonprofit called Smiles Change Lives. What this nonprofit does is connect patients in need of orthodontic treatment, to local orthodontists who will be willing to treat these patients at a discounted rate, or at no cost at all. What the orthodontist does is donating time and materials for the treatment, and what OrthoDenco does is provide the appliances that are going to be used in the treatment, at no cost to the orthodontist. In a way we’re able to team up with the orthodontist to bring discounted or free service to patients that are in real need of orthodontic treatment. That could really see a lot of benefit from the treatment itself, but can’t really afford it. Those are the two ways with which OrthoDenco gives back to the community.

Sustainability at OrthoDenco

When OthoDenco works with clients, we are always striving for a long term relationship. Long term relationships are only sustainable when you’re always able to find compromise, and you’re able to cater to the needs of the counter-party. At OrthoDenco, our entire philosophy, our entire business is based on meeting the needs of our clients. That’s what makes our relationships sustainable. We’re not here to make a buck on our clients, and then be gone. We’re here for the long term. When we structured the lab in such a way that is going to allow our long term relationship to be sustainable, that makes a huge difference.

What do I mean by sustainable? Well, our prices need to be at par with the value our customers derive from that. Our service needs to be on par with the needs of our practice. If we don’t meet the expectations you have for a patient, and if we continue failing on that end, our relationship is not sustainable. Sustainable means the lab catering to the needs of a practice, the lab finding compromise whenever possible, the lab finding innovative ways to cater to the changing needs or growing needs of each practice, so that long term, we are in a way, we have parallel goals that take us forward and allow us to grow together as independent, but co-related business.

Tips for Finding an Orthodontist

Tips for Finding an Orthodontist

Consider convenience when trying to find an orthodontist. The practice should be close to work or close to the school of the children so that it’s easy to go back and forth. Finding the practice within your local area should be relatively easy, you can do a quick online search or go to the American Association of Orthodontists which will have a list of orthodontists in your area. The most important thing is to go visit the office and interact with people. You want to be at a place where you feel comfortable, this is a medium term commitment. You’re going to be there for two to three years, so it’s important that you know that you’re going to be able to feel comfortable going down the road.

Timing is extremely important when undergoing treatment, because in a way an orthodontist can guide the position of your teeth as you grow. Certain aspects or certain positions of your teeth or of your jaw are best addressed when you’re young. If you do not do that treating those, at a later age can be more difficult, or may not even be done with braces but rather with oral surgery as it happened in my case. Definitely, time is of the essence, the American Board of Orthodontists and the American Association of Orthodontists recommend for a patient to have his or her first screening at age eight. You can pretty much see from age eight to say, twenty a lot of growth happens, so if you get the orthodontist involved from the beginning you’re more likely to get the results you want from treatment.