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Posted 5 days ago by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 16
Are you trying 'just to survive'?  ...WOW is ever so much better!
In the day to day push, pull,, challenges, service to many people, it’s easy to feel an overwhelming feeling of “just trying to survive.”The day to day routines, the business drag, the difficult patient, unhappy staff members, worries over money - all are tough to survive.What if your practice went...  Read More
Posted 2/10/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 21
The 'Wow Factor' In your practice
I gave a little talk on creating "Wow" in the dental practice to our dentists and staff at the American Dental Clinic in Abu Dhabi.It's on YouTube:  Read More
Posted 2/8/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 6
Ortho Case Finishing: The In-Treatment-Presenting-Posterior Crossbite
Orthodontic Case Finishing:   How do I get out of this pickle? (Part II)Pickles can be sweet, tart, bitter, or sour.“Dr.  Chris, when do I get my braces off?”“Let’s look,” I say to the pretty teenage girl in the orthodontic chair.  She has worn her elastics well, kept her plaque under control, and...  Read More
Posted 1/31/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 9
Specialization as a GP or Pediatric Dentist...
If you are a GP dentist or a Pediatric Dentist you take on the responsibility for your patients, of functioning as the “gate-keeper” or “dental home.”  You provide comprehensive and often extensive evaluations of your patients’ needs, and from there, along with the appropriate records, create a...  Read More
Posted 1/22/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 19
Find the Joy in Your Everyday Practice Life: The Critical Elements
THREE CRITICAL ELEMENTSCritical element: Loving your patients and your patients’ parentsAs your practice begins changing (because YOU are changing), you will find it easier and easier to love your patients. They will love you more. You will have created a love-fest.And, by the way, you can...  Read More
Posted 1/13/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 22
At your practice: Another opportunity to strut your stuff
As a dentist, you are a special kind of person. Special because you went into dentistry to help others.  Special because you have love to give.  Now before you go and feel guilty because you hoped dentistry would make you a good living, let me say, “Congratulations." You  are also special because...  Read More
Posted 1/5/2018 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 16
Don't bracket a tooth just because it's white
Against the backdrop of the mucosal tissues, the teeth, our target for treatment, stand out. After diagnosis and treatment planning - normally the next step is the banding/ bracketing - of all available teeth.  We pride ourselves in increasingly capable bracket placement, and work hard to be sure...  Read More
Posted 12/31/2017 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 22
Stress in your practice: Why does 'deep down' keep showing up?
Deep down - in our subconscious, our amygdala, our unconscious, we have a primitive brain that functions like our animal friends’ brains.  We react.  Without thinking.  (Thinking is higher up.) Our emotions predominate.  It’s  our ego barrier - subliminal defense mechanisms that make it hard to...  Read More
Posted 12/22/2017 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 42
Way too... (What Dentists Worry About.)
We dentists are way too worried about people getting mad at us - people including our patients, our colleagues, our friends and family.It’s our nature.  Most people who are attracted to dental school are approval-addicted, and spend way too much time trying to please others.Caring...  Read More
Posted 12/6/2017 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 20
 WOW!!!  We’re talkin’ about airway issues in children (at last).
Airway issues - sleep apnea - OSAS - have hit the “mainstream” in dentistry, first concerning the adult patient, and now the child patient. I am thrilled!Why? Because there are so many children we can help! For more than 25 years, as a teacher of orthodontics and pediatric dentist...  Read More
Posted 12/2/2017 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 15
Practicing Orthodontics: How's it workin' for ya?  Part IV: How to get there from here
How can I get there from here?How can you help your patients fall in love with your business?How can you really manage your people/staff?How can your practice/life/family/you be more fun?How can you find peace?Believe it or not, the answers to each of these questions are very similar.  Perhaps the...  Read More
Posted 11/15/2017 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 17
The Engineering of Orthodontics
                                    Orthodontics is a blend of engineering and art.  Engineering - design and mechanics - includes            • architecture (the plan),            • physics (movement),            • chemistry (body physiology),            • ongoing changes in the smile, and         ...  Read More
Posted 11/11/2017 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 6
Practicing Orthodontics: How's it workin' for ya?   Part III: Why not you?
Each and every day, people are living their dreams. People are getting wealthy.  Practices are thriving, and getting free of insurance. Relationships are dynamic and wonderful.  People are getting healthier every day, regardless of their age.  Lives are improving every day.  Let it be you!  Your...  Read More
Posted 11/10/2017 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 8
Practicing Orthodontics: How's it workin' for ya?  Part II:  Those five people you hang with
Those five people you hang with"You're the average of the five people you spend the most time with." -- Jim RohnSeriously?     You must be thinking,“Seriously?    How can I be an average of the five people I spend the most time with?”Yes, seriously.  To the extent, even, that if you saw their...  Read More
Posted 11/6/2017 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 10
Practicing Orthodontics: How's it workin' for ya?  Part I: The Big Picture
The Big PictureWe go to dental school, to residency, and then   finally    (it seems), we are ready to go into practice.  Did you have any idea what that entailed?  Did you know anything about a business?Did you even know what you wanted practice to be like?  I daresay you assumed it would give you...  Read More
Posted 8/27/2017 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 5
White Spot Lesions: Three Factors of Interplay
White spot lesions on teeth result from acid-producing pathogenic bacteria that demineralize the tooth surface.This begins the process of tooth decay. While these lesions occur in patients without any orthodontic or other dental intervention, they also occur during orthodontic treatment.  The tooth...  Read More
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Posted 6/3/2017 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 10
The Challenges of Orthodontic Case Finishing
Orthodontic treatment challenges the best of us.  What seems easy to many patients, is often a tough job for the orthodontists!  Those of us who provide orthodontic treatment develop a keen awareness of the difficulties in our work with the constantly-changing human body. And, it’s over a...  Read More
Posted 5/17/2017 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 6
Orthodontics from the Outside In
This past week, we had two high school students who are interested in dentistry  spend the days with us in internships.  They came in each morning and would spend about half of our office hours with us.The students  encountered orthodontics from a totally different perspective than what they...  Read More
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Posted 3/2/2017 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 7
Yes! Accept Transfer Orthodontic Cases! (Most of the time.) Part II
You can have happy and loyal transfer patients!In the UAE, because the expats come and go so often, we are accepting and sending many patients in transfer situations. And it works fine - even well.  You can do it too!Earlier this month, I promised to tell you what to do when the mother and her...  Read More
Posted 3/1/2017 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 8
Yes! Accept Orthodontic Transfer Patients (Most of the time.) Part I
                                    Dentists, you know the story: A patient comes in and you're asked to “finish” an already-begun orthodontic treatment. The mother says, “We only have four months left,” or something like that.                        So, you look at the patient, wanting to please...  Read More
Posted 1/7/2017 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 6
Houston... We Have a Problem!
Both the dental patient and the dentist have a problem! It’s tough to have the patient’s head positioned comfortably, AND ideally for the dentist.  This challenge makes the dentist’s job difficult because without the best view of the mouth, and without the best light on the mouth, the dentist is...  Read More
Posted 11/22/2016 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 10
Orthodontics began for me in love
ABOVE PHOTO: Dr. Walter Doyle, the first dentist in history to have specialties in orthodontics and pediatric dentistry. Orthodontics began for me in love.After dental school, I loved the idea of learning about treating the poor growth and bites which can affect a child’s function, face and beauty....  Read More
Posted 11/6/2016 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 5
Designing Smiles: Ortho-Artistry
"When you're smilin', the whole world smiles with you."Sure enough, Louis Armstrong was so right!  Studies show that smiling is contagious. Ever been around someone who just had something fantastic happen? Their smile and joy makes you feel good, too."A smile is the most powerful force in the...  Read More
Posted 11/2/2016 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 8
The POWER of Your Smile
Do you know that even imitating a smile actually changes the way the neurons process emotion in your brain? Your brain turns on emotionally and processes happiness when you smile.  Your smile is a switch on to happiness.?In the UAE, we have many languages that we all bring together, and...  Read More
Posted 10/22/2016 by drchrisbaker in Love & Orthodontics   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 6
The ART of Orthodontics
Art ~ Expressing the author's imaginative or technical skill, producing works that are beautiful, to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.What could be more beautiful than the gorgeous smile of someone you love? Think of the emotional power that smile has!Orthodontics is art...  Read More

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