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's Easy About Functional Appliances?
In orthodontics, functional appliances can be a real challenge in terms of patient compliance. Here is some wisdom on the subject and a consideration or two on what you, the dentist, can do.     Read More
Nitric Oxide for your child. What's with that?
Nitric oxide can be formed naturally in the body, and has been nicknamed 'the miracle molecule.' It has important purposes in the body and is especially important for children. How can it be formed? What happens if it doesn't form?   Read More
Let's Face It: Orthodontics is a beauty treatment
Let's face it: Orthodontics is a beauty treatment. It's what brings patients to your office when they delay appointments for other dental health needs. It is a desired service.  The patient, and the young patient's parents, have a beautiful smile as the desired result of orthodontic treatment.  ...  Read More
Put Your Teeth Into It!
It’s funny as a dentist, to notice all the funny sayings about teeth.   Here’s one;  “Put your teeth into it,” implying that it is something that makes you think hard, work hard, put lots into it.   And for sure, that funny little idiom is a huge statement on how to make life great.  Whatever...  Read More
Leaving on a jet plane... to Abu Dhabi
I'll be leaving on a jet plane. It's been a great experience, being a Texas girl who practices orthodontics in beautiful Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates.  What's it like commuting 8,000 miles to work?   What have I learned?  Has this experience changed my worldview? DR CHRIS BAKER'S...  Read More
Doctor, are you earning money for yourself or for someone else?
Financial pressures on dentists have multiplied with the proliferation of big corporations, big insurance companies, big government and their multitude of demands. But don't lose hope. There are some great ways to deal with these.   FACEBOOK:  INSTAGRAM:    Read More
Why Patients Want Ortho
You spend a lot of time trying to educate your patients to take care of their teeth -- and too many of those patients are just not interested. However reluctant many are to visit their dentist, orthodontics is one area of dentistry that patients actually want -- and you can make this fact work for...  Read More
If you want it to work, do these things (Adding ortho to your practice)
Adding orthodontics to a general or pediatric dental practice is a great idea. But for it to be successful, here are some things that are absolutely necessary.   Read More
Orthodontics is a Family Affair
It's a special event, when a child has orthodontic treatment. And to make it most special, involve the child's parents and siblings -- They love to 'glove up' and be part of it!  Listen and learn -- and you can see examples of this on Instagram:  Facebook:  drchrisdmdrn   Read More
Happy Ortho New Year: Six Sessions to Learn
Starting an orthodontics program in a general or pediatric dental practice is a great idea. There are six areas in which the dentist must become skilled in order to do this well. Starting soon in Texas, an incredible comprehensive orthodontics course begins, which will consist of six sessions...  Read More
Have an Ortho New Year - Start Ortho in Your Practice in 2019
Have an Ortho New Year:  Start Ortho in Your Practice in 2019   With the new year just a few days away, we can look forward with optimism, confidence and new planning.    Wait a minute. Did I say optimism?  Am I writing for dentists? Yes.    The dental world is changing. Big insurance,...  Read More
Sharing makes you bigger than who you are -- What that has to do with being a dentist
The dream of being a dentist -- and your success -- depend on a dream to contribute, to help others, and to love. It's much more than just a job and you're much more than just a technician. It's a life that can make a difference.  FACEBOOK:  INSTAGRAM:    Read More
Feel 'As If You Will"... THEN...
How will you feel WHEN your dream comes true? I remember realizing as a young mother that I had often waited for “when”.   When I started junior high school.   When I went to high school.   When I graduated.   When I started nursing school.   When I graduated.   When I got married.   When I...  Read More
Doctor, What Legacy Will You Leave?
When you think about a legacy, it is much more than the words they put on your tombstone.  How did you make life better for others?  How did you change the world? As we consider what the word 'legacy' means, it is time to put things into perspective. Here are some thoughts.  Facebook: ...  Read More
The Bonded RPE in Orthodontic Treatment
Utilizing a bonded RPE (Rapid Palatal Expander) can be a little bit challenging if you don't know much about it.  Why would you even be using one?  Here are some thoughts.  Facebook:  Instagram:    Read More
What Have You Posted To Your Life Today?
We post photos, comments, thoughts, stories to our social media.   We leave our footprints everywhere, and on the internet, those footprints will indeed be there many, many years. We also leave our footprints in the lives of the people around us.   We are crafting and creating our legacy. Before...  Read More
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...  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: drchrisdmdrn Instagram: 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
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