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Top 5 Advantages of a Fully Integrated Ortho Module

By Planet DDS
May 13, 2021

Does your group or solo practice offer orthodontic treatment? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Learn about how our Denticon practice management solution with its integrated ortho module gives your practice a robust, all-in-one solution that streamlines your ortho treatments from planning and referrals, to automatic credit card payments.

Although having braces is usually associated with kids, adults can also receive orthodontic treatment. Recent studies show that the number of adults receiving orthodontic treatment has risen 40% over the past decade. As you know, it’s not just about aesthetics. While many adults want to improve the appearance of their smile, orthodontic treatment can also treat conditions such as TMJD, myofascial pain syndrome, and malocclusion.

The average child can expect to wear braces for about two years, while adults will wear braces for 3-4 years plus retention. That’s an extended treatment plan for both children and adults who receive orthodontic treatment. And that’s why it’s so important to streamline the entire process for your patients and your staff.

Denticon’s Fully Integrated Ortho Module

Denticon is known for being a cloud-based practice management solution, but did you know that Denticon also has an ortho module? This module helps DSOs that have ortho practices enjoy the enterprise management that Denticon delivers while allowing orthodontists to also benefit from a single solution. The ortho module is also an excellent tool for smaller general practices that perform in-house orthodontics treatment such as Invisalign.

There are practice management solutions that are strictly designed for ortho practices, and there are cloud-based practice management solutions that don’t have ortho modules. Denticon offers the best of both worlds for ortho and general practices.

1. All-in-One Simplicity

What our users love most about the ortho module is the all-in-one simplicity of having a single solution that includes practice management for general practices, orthodontists, and other specialists. With Denticon, you can easily track visits within the ortho treatment card and customize the treatment plan questionnaire to manage the initial diagnosis for ortho patients.

Clinicians and treatment coordinators can easily input notes for crowding, overbite or overjet, by indicating mild, moderate, or severe cases and entering millimeter measurements. The ortho module also allows clinicians to complete a questionnaire that’s customizable based on their preference. You can even save multiple questionnaires and apply them to different practices or doctors. Clinicians can even customize input fields for the treatment card based on their choice of wires, appliances, etc.

2. Payment Features for Ortho

The average cost for braces can range between $4,000 to $6,000 but can climb to as much as $10,000 depending on the patient. With such high costs, it’s no wonder that most patients will opt to make recurring payments over the several years that they receive treatment. Since most patients prefer the flexibility of making monthly recurring payments, you’ll enjoy the convenience of our built-in payment plans with automatic credit card payments.

First, Denticon automatically calculates recurring payments for patients after deducting the insurance portion. Then, with patient authorization, you can also even set up automatic monthly payments that automatically post to the ledger. Setting up automatic credit card payments ensures no late payments and makes the entire process seamless for your accounts receivable department and your patient. You can also confirm the payment schedule with the patient’s insurance company and set when 835 payments should automatically post to the ledger.

Tracking payments from patients and insurance companies is a breeze with Denticon.

3. Referral Tracking for Ortho Specialists

Another significant benefit for group practices that include general and ortho specialists is the ability to track and manage internal referrals. This recent release is a “first” for the dental industry. Denticon is the only cloud-based practice management solution to offer a fully integrated referral tracking system for dental practices.

Say for instance, that a general practice within your group wants to refer a patient out for braces. There are several ortho practices within the group. With Denticon’s referral management tool, your staff can quickly locate the office closest to your patient and can even schedule an appointment by viewing the ortho practice’s calendar in real-time. With centralized access, Denticon even lets you view fee schedules for the ortho practice and securely share treatment notes and X-rays.

By making the referral process streamlined and centralized, your group can ensure that ortho cases are being referred internally to the group instead of losing revenue by referring it to an external provider. The process of scheduling and sharing patient information is easy and secure for your practice and makes for a better patient experience, too.

4. Cloud-Based Easy Access

Since Denticon is cloud-based, dentists can access patient data anywhere, anytime. Whether you’re an orthodontist and you need to access patient notes or X-rays while you’re out of the office, or you need to share patient information with a colleague within your group securely, cloud-based Denticon makes it easy and accessible from any web-enabled device. Similarly, if you’re a mobile orthodontist, you can easily access your patient’s information while on the go.

5. Affordable Monthly Subscription

Even if your practice utilizes 3D imaging like cone-beam computed tomography (“CBCT”) scans with larger file sizes, you’ll never run out of space for your images and data. With the Denticon subscription, orthodontists and general practitioner dentists get the latest version of Denticon every time they sign in. All future upgrades, backups, and unlimited data, are included in your affordable monthly subscription.

With a cloud-based solution, you never run out of space for your data, and you always enjoy the most recent version of Denticon, including upgrades, patches, and more. Streamline your ortho referrals, treatment, and payments. Focus on your patients, and we’ll take care of your practice management solution behind the scenes.

If you’d like to learn more about how the ortho module can help your practice, contact us at [email protected] or sign up for a quick and easy demo!