Love & Orthodontics
Love & Orthodontics
Dr Chris Baker is Past President of the American Orthodontic Society, a pediatric dentist and faculty member of three dental schools. She practices in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Texas, USA. Dr Chris writes about orthodontics, pediatric dentistry and life.
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Become a Legend, Doctor... Just Think About It.
Success comes to those who tolerate what 99 percent of people avoid, and who avoid what 99 percent of people tolerate.  In dentistry -- in fact, in ANY profession, you can become a legend. You've got the talents. You have a gift to rise above the 99 percent. Here's how to use that gift to become...  Read More
Orthodontics is a Beauty Treatment
Research shows that beautiful people find better jobs -- and find them more easily. Beautiful people are smarter, considered more trustworthy and earn more money. By practicing orthodontics, you can help make this happen in the life of your child patient. The effects of orthodontics on facial...  Read More
OM Goodness, I might fail!
You might.  Actually you will.  Success comes on the heel of failure.Without failure, we don’t learn as much.  We don’t know and understand as much.  We can’t appreciate as much.I love the story of the prospector out West years ago, who dug and dug and dug, looking for gold. He was so sure it was...  Read More
What Does It Take To Be A Great Dentist?
Do you know what it takes to be a really GREAT dentist?  Is it having excellent skills?  Better equipment?  A super income?The answer -- and the secret to professional satisfaction -- might surprise you.   Read More
Are You Playing On Your Phone?
Learning is a transformative experience. You are changed and become better. The best courses you can take will transform you, and are not just "boxes to be checked off" while you sit in class, playing on your cell phone.Facebook: drchrisdmdrnInstagram: drchrisrn_dmd  Read More
Pediatric and Orthodontic Uses for Oraqix
Oraqix is a periodontal anesthesia and there are some REALLY amazing things a dentist can do with it in treating pediatric and orthodontic patients. Just let me explain the 'magic'.  Read More
Survival of the Prettiest
Dentists, you can feel the joy of making lives brighter!The role of the dentist in making a patient -- especially child patients -- more beautiful will make their entire lives much better, more productive and profitable. Scientific studies have proven this true, repeatedly.  Instagram:...  Read More
Gratitude and Thanksgiving
What are you grateful for on this Thanksgiving day?  People usually associate "making a list" with Christmas and gift-giving. For Thanksgiving, making a list of things for which you are grateful might be a great idea.   Read More
Ounces or Pounds?  (Part II)
What is the art of dentistry all about?How does the dentist fulfill her or his dream of helping others?For the dentist, it is time to review just how much you are fulfilling your dream.  What steps need to be taken to make that happen? Are there any adjustments needing to be made to your daily...  Read More
Does it weigh ounces... or pounds?
Certain things can weigh down the life -- and career -- of a dentist. Here is how to identify what some of those things are and get yourself in a direction to do something about it.   Read More
Patient Education: Are They Listening?
The patient will do exactly as you instruct, right?  So many studies -- especially in pediatric dentistry -- conclude that patient education will solve the oral health problem featured in the study. When you teach your patients to brush and floss, how many actually do that?  Don't they understand...  Read More
Airway Problems in Your Child?  How Can You Know?
So many times when I teach about airway problems and the myriad of serious health issues that can ensue, a doctor in the class speaks up, "Oh my gosh!  That's MY child!"  The problems are nothing like you find in adults, so you need to know what to look for. And, there are interventions you can...  Read More
The 'Secret Sauce' to Ortho Case Presentation Success
It's most important to actually love your patients. They can tell, and sense your dedication to them and their health -- and whether you are being the best doctor you can be. Here's the 'secret sauce' to keep potential patients fully informed, and actually excited about the recommended case...  Read More
They Come for the Ortho and Stay for the Love
Love plays a vital role when you work with patients in your orthodontics or dental practice. That can be further defined as love for your job, love for your patients, and vital to all of this -- your patients' love for you. There are certain things you can do to cultivate this in your life and...  Read More
Orthodontics: Are you old-fashioned or cutting edge?
In orthodontics, to always wait for young patients to get all of their adult teeth in is an old-fashioned approach. The cutting edge in orthodontics is to know when early treatment will best benefit the young patient and to be able to provide that as an option. Parents and patients need to be aware...  Read More
Interception Orthodontics - Treating Airway Issues in Children and Much More
Airway issues in children are frequent and VERY often undiagnosed. The dentist with Interception Orthodontics skill can identify the problems and provide vital, life-changing therapies that can help. Airway is just one of many issues where the dentist knowing Interception Orthodontics can provide...  Read More
Keys to finding your purpose
Being a dentist is who you are, but the word "dentist" does not define what your life's purpose is.  There are definite steps to take to determine your purpose -- a purpose which is unique to you.  Here is what you can do.   Read More
Courage to be a Dentist (and the role orthodontics might play)
Most of us start practice not knowing just how difficult dental practice can be. We have the challenge to look at our practice as a whole and ask ourselves, "What is missing in this picture?" Dentists need the courage to figure out what needs to change and the courage to make those changes.  Read More
 Ortho in your practice, Doctor! Part V - Get a Clear Vision of Your Mission and Pursue It Now
Orthodontics and ClarityIt’s easy to believe that orthodontics is a mystery.  In many schools and with many dentists, that belief is pervasive.  The mystery of orthodontics, just like the mystery of each and every area of dentistry, is unveiled and solved in learning and practicing. Your...  Read More
Doctor, Here's How to Start Improving Your Life -- Today!
(From Sounion, Greece)Want a better life? This approach works for those in the dental profession, but is just as powerful for those working in any business.  You can make tiny, though important "course adjustments" that will eventually, immeasurably improve your life.  Here's what to do.   Read More
Doctor, will you choose to step forward or backward today?
Right now, you have the choice - step forward into growth and learning, or step backward into what feels like safety and security.Most people step backward - and guess what?!  That slowly kills your chances to become more, to become extraordinary.“The problem is that our culture has engaged in a...  Read More
Why, even with 300+ channels, there's still nothing to watch...   Things a dentist considers in life's priorities
It’s amazing that today’s cable and internet has not 300 channels, but thousands of choices.  And we are bored, constantly flicking from one to the other, using P-I-P (Picture-In-Picture) and checking our phone, news, social media, in between.  Notice if you are waiting - for an appointment, for a...  Read More
 Orthodontics in Your Practice, Doctor! Part IV - Commit to Learn
You can change all things when you change yourself for the better.  So how do you need to change yourself?  The answer lies in what you want to FEEL.Clarity about what you want to feel, be, experience is the key. “Self-protection leads to mediocrity.  Self-service leads to fortune.  Self-investment...  Read More
Doctor, are you having an affair?
While in Sounion, Greece, I thought of an important question to ask doctors about a certain kind of relationship.  Are you enmeshed in this kind of triangle?  Read More
Orthodontics in Your Practice, Doctor! Part III   -- Ortho and You
Orthodontics is a natural part of pediatric dental care. I cannot imagine how one can NOT offer it within the practice setting.  It is such an amazing and wonderful piece of the ideal - holistic care of the patient, intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.There are...  Read More
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