Matthew Standridge DDS

Empowering Dentists Through Education and Technology

New Course! Digital Aligner Bootcamp coming June 10-11, 2022

Sign Up Link to Course Coming Soon

About this course:

Located at the amazing GC America Headquartes in Alsip, IL outside of Chicago.

Providing orthodontics is about more than just giving our patients great smiles. Orthodontic treatment can oftentimes be used alone, or in tandem with other treatment modalities as part of a larger treatment plan. Orthodontics can serve our patients as an alternative to surgical or more invasive procedures. Ortho can also assist us in improving tooth position that will in turn give us better restorative outcomes. Unfortunately most dentists do not receive applicable orthodontic training in dental school. This course aims to remedy that.

This course is meant to be a launching pad for dentists looking to bring orthodontic solutions into their service mix via aligner therapy. It is also meant to introduce the power of digital dentistry and show how providers can leverage this technology for treatment using aligners no matter what system they use. Not only does this lead to significant cost savings, but can lead to both great efficiency and improve clinical outcomes.

Course Objectives:

General Concepts:

  • The role of orthodontics in a general practice
  • Screening and Diagnosis
  • Taking proper records and photography
  • Systematizing how to think about orthodontic planning
  • Explaining the different modalities of treatment available today
  • Develop a criteria for cases to understand what to treat and what to refer

Orthodontic Foundations:

  • Understand what makes teeth move
  • Determine how teeth need to move for the desired result
  • Understand clear aligners and how those forces vary from brackets
  • Learn the different mechanics used to establish arches, and the relative difficulty of each

Orthodontic Movements:

  • Leveling and aligning an arch
  • How to open a deep bite
  • How to close an open bite
  • How to create space to unravel crowding
  • How to close space in spacing cases
  • How to utilize IPR safely, predictably, and efficiently

Blue Sky Plan Workflow:

  • How to use the orthdontics module
  • How to generate ceph reports
  • How to design aligner cases

3D Printing and Lab Processing:

  • Understanding outsourcing vs In-House printing options
  • Materials used for aligners and IBT’s
  • Printer settings and tips
  • Aligner Fabrication

Marketing and Implementation:

  • Developing your own “brand”
  • Developing your own white-label packaging
  • Educating and training your team
  • How to start having conversations with your existing patients about ortho.

Course Outline:

Day 1:

  • Why orthodontics?
  • Orthodontics role in everyday dentistry
  • How orthodontics fits into our treatment planning
  • Learn what you can treat, and more importantly, what to refer
  • Learn how to spot red flags and potential trouble
  • Brackets vs Aligner; understand how the mechanics vary between the two
  • Aligners and attachments
  • Arch development
  • Level, Align, De-rotate
  • Opening bites
  • Closing bites
  • Gaining Space
  • Closing space

Day 2:

  • Hands-on Blue Sky Plan training
  • Ceph Analysis
  • Digital Model Preparation
  • Tooth Segmentation
  • Placing Attachments
  • Staging cases
  • Digital Bracket Placement
  • IBT design
  • Creating your own aligner brand
  • Clever packaging and marketing
  • On-boarding your team
  • Creating your implementation strategy
  • Starting the ortho conversation with your patients

In-House Aligners Using Blue Sky Bio’s Desktop Scanner and Blue Sky Plan

Hello again. This video is demonstrating use of the Blue Sky Bio 3D Desktop scanner (BSB DS 3D) to digitize models for planning of in-house aligners using Blue Sky Plan software. With this scanner costing under $3000, it has never been more affordable to get into digital dentistry and digital orthodontics.

I get asked a lot if I do all my aligner cases in-house. The answer to that is a crisp, clear NOOOO! About half of my cases are in-house, and the other half are Invisalign. When we were slower, any cases that needed more than 20 trays per arch (on a Bi-weekly schedule) I sent to Invisalign. Now it’s any case needing more than 15 trays. Soon it’ll any case needing more than 10.

The level to what you decide to do in-house is completely your call. It’s going to depend on your schedule, your level of delegation, the skill and training of your team, your lab equipment, etc. Basically all of this effects CAPACITY.

Here is that video. And if you want to learn more and get some hands-on training with the software, as well as orthodontics in general, I do have a course coming up in a couple of weeks in Raleigh, NC that you can still sign up for.

My Updated Archwire Sequence

Hello everyone! As folks who know me know that I’m always keeping the eye on clinical outcomes, efficiency, and cost.
Here is my current (updated) protocol for standard cases not needing huge transverse or sagital correction.

Ortho Foundations coming to St. Louis!

Another course date has been set for our Ortho Foundations course! We’ll be coming to St. Louis, MO on March 6th and 7th.

This is the stuff that I wish I would have known starting out. Learning how to really see a case, and what to look for. Learning the actual fundamentals of orthodontics and not just a “system” to try and shoehorn everybody into.

Ortho Foundations Coming to Raleigh!

Another course date has been set for our Ortho Foundations course! We’ll be coming to Raleigh, NC on June 12th and 13th.

This is the stuff that I wish I would have known starting out. Learning how to really see a case, and what to look for. Learning the actual fundamentals of orthodontics and not just a “system” to try and shoehorn everybody into.

New Course! Ortho Foundations, Oct 25-26th in Wichita, KS

Here it is: The Ortho Foundations course is up and running! To say I’m excited is an understatement. My big goal is to demystify orthodontic concepts, and show how movements can be achieve either by brackets OR aligners! We’ll also be going over how to leverage digital technology for more efficient treatment, significant reduction in overhead, and improved clinical outcomes.

First course date is set for October 25th and 26th in Wichita, KS. Event information can be found here:

This is the stuff that I wish I would have known starting out. Learning how to really see a case, and what to look for. Learning the actual fundamentals of orthodontics and not just a “system” to try and shoehorn everybody into.

More dates and locations to come!!

Fixing Denture Scan in Meshmixer

This video demonstrates fixing any “holes” in a denture scan using Meshmixer. This patient is wanting a new set of dentures. Considering her VDO and lip support were appropriate, we scanner her existing set, which I will then print duplicates of.

Dentures scanned with the CS3600 intraoral scanner. Will print duplicates using the Moonray S 3D printer and NextDent MFH resin

Quick Keys used:

B = Smooth Boundaries

Ctrl + B = Bridge

Shift + T= Soft Transform

Analysis – Inspector to finish filling holes

Blue Sky Plan: Converting Intraoral Scans to Models

Hello again! In this video I am going to demonstrate how I use a FREE feature of blue sky plan for my general digital model work. Here I take raw intraoral scans, clean them up, and turn them into print ready models. I also hollow them to save on resin. This is a handy feature, and much quicker and more efficient than having to use a program like meshmixer.

Use this video to practice, or train a team member to be your printing champion!

Exocad WMW Crown #31 (Time Lapse)

Hello again. This is a quick time lapse video demonstrating a crown design on the new Matera version of Exocad. In the near future we’ll have our in-office mill and I’ll demonstrate the bridge to that as well. Scan was performed using the Carestream CS3600

Music info: Motivate Me by Mixaund | Music promoted by

Single Crown Design in Exocad

I’ve been getting more questions about the workflow in Exocad for basic bread and butter dentistry. This shows an example of a full coverage crown. Nothing glamorous. Now while the video is longer because I was taking my time, it should be noted normal time to design a crown is about 5-6 minutes. The scanner used here is was the CS 3600. Designed in Exocad. Sent to Alien Milling for fabrication and staining/glazing of crown. This combination can be a very cost-effective way to get into digital dentistry. I do have plans on adding an in-office chairside mill to allow for same-day crowns and onlays. Also, I mentioned in the video. That is an excellent resource to learn more about exocad.

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