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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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
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 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
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
Greater Ortho Case Success With the Right ERDTC
The smart doctor knows the right ERDTC and orthodontic case success increases dramatically.  Here's how to be that smart doctor.   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
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
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
Dentists Can Stop the Bullying?
A great dentist can help stop the bullying of a child. Here's how.     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
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
CATS in Crossbite!
While watching the recent movie, CATS, I noticed that two of its main actresses had crossbites.  Just what is causing the huge increase of crossbites over these last two decades?   Here are some things to consider.    Read More
How to Find Purpose in Your Dental Practice
Why did you become a dentist, anyway?   To make more money?   To own and run your own business?   To help people?   Here is the route to finding purpose in your profession.   Read More
Overcome Fear: Be the Best Dentist You Can Be
Fear can be the biggest obstacle between the dentist and whether he or she has a happy and excellent practice. Here are concrete steps you can take to reach your goal.   Read More
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