When you have been working as an orthodontist for a few years, it is very easy to focus just on patients’ mouths and almost forget the patient as a person. Friendly yet professional treatment are the ingredients of treatment success. For me it is one of the most important values when it comes to treating my patients. This close relationship can only be obtained by treating patients without haste and dedicating time to each one. Patients feel accompanied and supported throughout the treatment cycle and feel comfortable to ask any questions they have.
In Friedländer we treat people, not teeth
When patients understand what they should expect at each stage of their treatment, we get the maximum collaboration on their part.
Our orthodontic blog is full of questions from people who have not had good communication with their previous orthodontists. Many of the patients who come to ask my opinion about their treatments have had problems communicating with and trusting their orthodontists, This is something I try to avoid in my patients by devoting more time to the explanation of the treatment plan.
When patients understand at every moment what the objectives of the treatment are and what they have to expect in each phase of their treatment we get the maximum collaboration on their part; Only in this way can one treat his patients in the best way and offer them the best of himself. Only in this way can you reach excellence in treatments.
"Behind my philosophy of work is my philosophy of life. Values and ways that are not learned in the dental career or in the orthodontic master. Dental schools teach how to perform dental treatments step by step, however the level one wants to reach in their treatments is defined by values and aspirations that are born from another place."
The Friedländer team: essential
The orthodontist team is essential to all orthodontic treatments, and it is only when a team feels happy in their place of work do they give their best.
Without a high quality team any professional is "handicapped" in their daily practice. How I deal with my team follows the same lines that govern the relations with my patients; close treatment and a relationship of respect and appreciation. It is only when the team feels happy in their workplace that it gives the best of itself.
All my patients are visited by me during orthodontic treatment on ALL visits, of course I delegate a lot of technical work to my assistants, however the decision making is done by me at each visit. I personally know orthodontists who see their patients every 3 or 4 months and their team makethe decisions in the visits. I openly criticize this way of treating patients and I do not share it at all. My clinical team is well trained to treat all my patients and work better than many orthodontists, however the decision-making in the treatment is only done by me.
Slow Orthodontics: another concept of orthodontics comes to Barcelona.
We dedicate time to study cases and plan step-by-step treatments resulting in better, more efficient and faster orthodontics.
The concept of Slow Orthodontics comes from the world of fast food and slow food cooking. In general the slow movement proposes to take back more control of time. Prioritizing human activities that help people's development by finding a balance between using time-saving technology and taking the time to enjoy activities shared with other people.
Slow orthodontics or Orthodontics Slow orthodontics does not mean that orthodontics is slower or that treatments last longer... rather, on the contrary, Slow orthodontics means that we spend time studying cases and planning treatments step by step resulting in orthodontics of better quality, more efficiency and faster treatment. I do not like and therefore I do not practice "on the go" orthodontics that look to place an appliance in the patient´s mouth as fast as possible in order to charge them.
Quality vs. Volume
In the world in which we live in it seems that the dentist who has the most patients is considered the best or the one who has had the greatest success, or thise dentists who appear frequently in orthodontic online searcher tools are considered the ones who know the most, but ... have they really treated their patients well?
I understand that quality is actually inversely proportional to volume, that is, too large a volume of patients equals less quality in treatments. This rule is correct in any profession and field of life; what you do in haste is never going to be the same in quality as something that you have dedicated ALL your attention to. Growing a businessis good; Everybody works to earn money and to grow their business, but there comes a time when growing too big starts to impact the quality of treatments ... I would not know when is the exact moment to stop growing, but it is clear that when you feel that you do not do your job as you would like, that surely is the moment to take a step back.
Another issue related to this topic are dental insurance companies. I work with very few dental insurance companies, and those I choose to work with do not cover orthodontic treatment . mutuals insurance companies look after their profits and force the dentist to work for less than what a treatment really costs (you have to differentiate price and value). The dental professional is therefore required to work with a higher volume of patients in order to make a living; As we have already said: quality is inversely proportional to volume. I do not know anyone who works equally at half their price or works the same way by charging less than they deserve.
Personally, I want to give my best and the best quality of treatments for my patients, using the best materials and dedicating the time it takes to get the best results; at the mutual insurance company price this kind of attention is impossible. The price has to be a fair price without being excessive. Many times paying a little more means that you do not have to repeat a treatment or you do not lose a tooth unnecessarily.
I have writtenmore on this topic on how to choose an orthodontist? and the difference between aligning the teeth and performing an orthodontic treatment..
A humble lifestyle leads to better quality and better results in treatments.
When a professional chooses the treatment according to economic criteria and not by clinical criteria is destined to not choose the best for their patients.
It might sound strange, how a lifestyle can affect the quality of dental treatments. It is very simple to explain; if a dentist or any other health professional has a wasteful lifestyle; they will have very high monthly fixed expenses. They will therefore need to invoice a certain amount of money each month, the higher the amount, the more treatments will have to be done to cover these expenses. When it comes to work this type of practitioner will offer treatments taking into account this need to cash instead of having the pure clinical criterion as a priority. When a professional chooses the treatment according to economic criteria and not by clinical criteria, he or she will tendto over-treat, not choose the best for their patients and ultimately fail in their treatments.
Continuing education is critical in a constantly changing discipline as orthodontics, upgrade skills, learn new techniques and learn new tools that will help provide the best treatments and outcomes for our patients regardless of the complexity of your case.
The first approach with our patients, is also the space of time dedicated to knowing the needs and doubts that each person may have, and it is the opportunity for you to know the human being behind the specialist that is going to treat you. Because we are people treating people and that is the most important thing.
WHERE ARE WE
- Gran de Gràcia, 110 entlo, Barcelona 08012
- 93 832 72 81
- De lunes a jueves de 10 a 14 y de 16 a 20 hrs.
Viernes de 10 a 18 hrs. ininterrumpido