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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What if you are wrong?
Do you ever think, "if only"?  If only I were in some other job, some other practice, some other relationship — THEN I would be happy. If only I had what “he” has, what “they” have — sure, THEN I could be happy. Well, that is all doubtful! Get all the happiness out of where you are, what you...  Read More
Life Will Get Tough Again: What To Do
Tough times always come and go. There is a definite way to approach these times to make things better, happier and more productive.    Read More
Your Practice: Your Opportunity
There is an approach to dental practice that can make it the most incredible of opportunities.  But challenges will always happen.  Here's the secret to making the most of YOUR opportunity.     Read More
The Beauty Factor in Dentistry, Part II
As dentists, a vitally important purpose for us is to give the patient a beautiful smile. Our success comes when the patient realizes her physical beauty, and an inner beauty shinse through, as well.    Read More
Bonding: To Ortho and Beyond
These are some incredible bonding products that dentists can use with orthodontics and beyond. I am going to tell you about these products and where to get them.     Read More
Clinical Tip #302: Rubber Dams
The use of rubber dams during pediatric dental procedures has great advantages for both the patient and the dentist. Here are some excellent tips from Dr Chris Baker.     Read More
Words of the Day: Mini Mold
Just what is a Mini Mold?  Doctor, it can make your life a whole lot easier...       Read More
Making Extractions Easy for the Child Patient
Discussing local anesthesia, cheek biting and easier extractions for your child patients.     Read More
The 'Perfect Storm' of Marketing
Getting a 'perfect storm' of marketing to create success in your dental practice requires one thing.    Read More
You Should Do This To Treat Pediatric Sleep Apnea
You can transform a child's life forever.  The main key is identifying the airway issues.    Read More
Make Child Patient Treatment Much Easier: For You, Your Patient and the Parent
How to make local anesthesia, extractions, restorative and sequencing so much easier for you, your child dental patients, and their parents.     Read More
The Class II and Class III Treatment Marvel
Treating Class II and Class III malocclusions can be challenging, unless you know this "secret".    Read More
Child Patients: They're Not Like They Used To Be
The way child dental patients behaved and were treated 30 years ago is vastly different than what the doctor sees today.  Dentists periodically need to change their approach because of this, and here's how.     Read More
How to Find Your Practice's Greatest Potential
Prosperous or not, there is a great hidden potential in every dental practice.  There is a way to find that potential and definite, first steps to develop it.    Read More
The Beauty Factor in Dentistry
As you practice dentistry, it helps to understand that beauty is a high priority -- often the HIGHEST priority -- of your patient.     Read More
Your Hidden Competitors
Dentists, who are your competitors?  How many do you have right around you?  Here are some thoughts on competition in the dental field that might not have occurred to you.   Read More
Practice Difficulties: It's 'Only' Life, People and Circumstances
Unless you're fresh out of dental school, you know that difficulties arise when running a dental practice. Here's a unique way to approach these that will make all the difference.     Read More
Who is Sitting Chairside?
Doctor, you may have an assistant on one side of you.  But who is on the other side of the patient in the dental chair?   It could be...    Read More
Serendipitous Research: Your Own Evidence Base
Developing your own evidence base from your experience, your trials, your successes and even your failures, is the source of some of your best wisdom in dentistry.     Read More
Be Courageous. Be a Dentist.
Practicing dentistry requires intelligence, hard work, and courage.  Courage?  Yes! Having courage is absolutely necessary to practice dentistry, and here are some reasons why -- and how to have courage, yourself.     Read More
Do These Miracles in Phase I Ortho (You do not need to wait for all the adult teeth to come in)
You do not need to wait for all the adult teeth to come in. Today, I talk about the amazing areas of change possible when addressing orthodontic and orthopedic needs earlier in mixed dentition.   Read More
'Say Cheese' - Photography is a powerful tool in ortho
To help get great diagnosis and track patient progress, the doctor should regularly take photos of the orthodontics patient. This helps both the doctor and the patient see progress and learn the great value of orthodontics.    Read More
'No Faulty'
In Abu Dhabi one afternoon, as I parked for my hair appointment, my car suddenly took a little lurch. I looked around, then back to discover another, much larger, SUV had bumped into my car. Once we got it sorted out, poor guy - he felt awful and then REALLY awful when he saw the damage to his...  Read More
Good Intentions in Retention
Retention is the phase of orthodontic treatment over which the doctor has little, if any, control.  It's up to the patient.     Read More
Lost In Space: Compliance in elastic wear
This is not science fiction: Compliance by orthodontic patients to wear 'rubber bands' is essential when prescribed by the dentist. Non-compliance, unfortunately, is common. What to do?    Read More
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