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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Mediocrity vs. Excellence
Your excellence helps patients and parents with much more than dental and orthodontic health.  Here is how that works.    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
The Dehumanizing Effects of Facemasks
During COVID-19, facemasks became common in many places. Humans are social, evolutionarily hard-wired to connect by looking at each others’ faces. Children’s maldevelopment and psychological effects on children and adults of wearing facemasks can be debilitating.   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
Orthodontics: When the Unexpected Happens
Orthodontics is one area of dentistry where the patient WANTS treatment.  BUT, that can change if unexpected results occur. Here's how to prepare.    Read More
Orthodontic Finishing
Finishing each orthodontic treatment well is crucial, and yet, is still full of challenges. This new course can help the doctor prevent and address the "pickles".     Read More
How Ortho Can Make DOCTORS Joyful
I heard from one of my seminar doctors on a case we'd first reviewed four months ago... and this happens.    Read More
'As Within, So Without'
"As Within, So Without' is an ancient phrase that contains a lot of wisdom.  Here's how it transforms the dentist's life.    Read More
Your Ortho Fees and Other Thoughts
During the orthodontic patient conference, the most sensitive subject is often the fee for the treatment. Here are great strategies to consider.   Read More
Why are ERDTC Essential in Ortho Treatment?
Just what are ERDTC and why are they essential in orthodontics?   The success of your ortho treatment and practice likely relies on these.   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
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
Fear Not - You're a Dentist
The times, they are a-changin' ... and you've got this.   Read More
Share the Love. Be the Light.
A routine visit to Sam's Club became a great lesson in 'sharing the love and being the light.'     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
The American Medical System is Broken. Prosper Anyway.
Recovery from the epidemic is underway. American medicine (mislabeled as "healthcare") is broken.   Yet, a dentist can still prosper within this problematic American medical system.   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
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
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
What's your dental practice going to be when it grows up?
Practicing dentistry should be exciting and rewarding. There are steps you can take to make your dental practice everything you want it to be. Here's one path you can take...       Read More
What's Interception Orthodontics All About?
Here's the answer to a question asked by many dentists... and by parents of young patients.     Read More
Love Every Morning Going to Your Dental Practice
Do you love it when you're going to your dental practice each morning?   Is you heart filled with excitement?  Here's how to get there from here.   Read More
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