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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Find Joy in Doing What Few Others Would
If you are a doctor who loves treating children, you may find incredible joy and transformation of YOU, as well as of patients, in treating without sedation or O.R. THEN, the child AND parent can become greater, more capable, more appreciative and healthier.   Read More
Mediocrity vs. Excellence
Your excellence helps patients and parents with much more than dental and orthodontic health.  Here is how that works.    Read More
Using Orthodontic and Orthopedic Therapies With Child Patients: When & How?
Let's discuss how to determine the needs, if present, in the growing child in primary and/or mixed/transitional dentition.  How to examine?  Is there a need?  And, if so, how to diagnose and plan which therapies would be best for the child.   Read More
‘My 3-Year-Old is Mouth-Breathing. What Do I Do?’
Often, I get questions from parents - including other dentists - about developmental challenges with their own children. This particular question from a dentist-DAD, about a 3-year-old mouth-breathing child, deals with a frequently-encountered developmental problem in small children.   Read More
What Pedo Is Still Missing
The pediatric dentist can do amazing — almost miraculous — life-transforming treatment WHEN he/she  provides outstanding, needed orthodontic and orthopedic treatments.  Here’s where to get  outstanding  orthodontic education. Joy for you and joy for the parents and patients!    Read More
Straight Wire Orthodontics Is Not Enough
Why is Straight Wire Orthodontics NOT enough?   Why do our pre-programmed brackets not give us desired finished results?   Read More
Heart-Brain Communication
To understand the heart-brain connection is to possess a priceless skill when you work with your young patients and their parents.    Read More
The 'Hot Rod' of Ortho Courses
Not all orthodontics courses are the same.  Some are super-charged, with lots of power and insight about a subject that deceptively appears to be simple.    Read More
The Sedation of America's Children
The sedation of America's children has been both at-home and, all too often, at the dental office.  This is problematic, wherever it occurs. There is a better way.    Read More
Realize Your Significance - Especially Now
There are new challenges with your practice. NOW is an important time where you can realize your significance, professionally and personally. Here are some considerations.    Read More
Go Past 1980's Ortho - An Orthodontics Tool for Our Time
Don't be stuck doing 1980's ortho. Your orthodontics cases now can be easier, faster and better -- if using this unique tool.     Read More
What are you doing for YOU?
You create the change that the world needs when you start with yourself.       Read More
Practice Dentistry - Without Back Pain?
Back and neck problems abound with those who work in the dental professions.  Here are resources that worked for me -- with incredible success.   Read More
Dentists Can Stop the Bullying?
A great dentist can help stop the bullying of a child. Here's how.     Read More
Your Fear = Their Money
This unusual time certainly presents challenges for the dentist.  Some people and organizations will profit from your fear.     Read More
3 Reasons to Learn Comprehensive Phase I Orthodontics (Mixed Dentition)
Why should a dentist learn Comprehensive Phase I Orthodontics (mixed dentition)? Some of those reasons are easy to figure out: With correct diagnosis, it is best for MANY patients. If you are a general or pediatric dentist, it is highly likely that a lot of these diagnosable, treatable patients are...  Read More
Four MORE Ways to Prevent Virus Transmission
Here are four MORE scientifically-proven things you can do to prevent virus transmission. You might not have heard of them.     Read More
Waking Up In a New World
Suddenly, things are different. The post-COVID world is certainly not the old world we were used to. For dentists (and others), here are ways to re-invent and revive.     Read More
COVID and Dentistry: 'It's goin' to be alright'
The COVID situation actually gives dentists the time to pray, plan and prepare.   There are opportunities out there, if you look for them.     Read More
If You Do Just a Smattering of Ortho in Your Practice
Ready for your practice's post-COVID comeback?  Here's a great way to get started, especially if you just 'dabble' in ortho.  You can set yourself up to provide better patient care and have a better bottom line.     Read More
'Don't Wanna' - Child Patient Behavior Management
With more than 30 years of working in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics, I've seen it all.  How can you get that child patient to behave? Here's what works.    Read More
Experience: The Gift That Gives Back
Before dental school, I was a critical care nurse. Then dental school, then a specialty in pediatrics and an orthodontics fellowship. Thirty-plus years of clinical experience, plus faculty status at three dental schools.  The joy in life is sharing our experiences.    Read More
COVID-19? Time to Think and Thank
Two important things for every dentist to do during the current spread of the COVID-19 virus.  After all, you are a leader in your community. The first is to THINK... but about what?     Read More
Dentistry that Patients Actually Ask For
What kind of dentistry do patients actually want and ask for?   You might be surprised.     Read More
If you treat child patients... and accept insurance
Here are some thoughts for dentists who treat child patients, and who accept insurance payments. It seems obvious, but there are HUGE differences between this kind of insurance-based practice and a typical dental practice that simply tolerates child patients.    Read More
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