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'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
Two steps to YOUR success
Our son and daughter, Trey and Molly, were most fortunate to train with (all the way to Black Belt and beyond), an incredible Taekwondo Master who taught them martial arts, life, and spirituality.  Mr. Brian Chewning taught them that there are two steps to success:              Start         ...  Read More
Women in Dentistry - To Ortho and Beyond
When I enrolled in dental school, I was one of only six female students in my class. Now, more than half of all dental students in the U.S. are women. Times have changed!  But now, there are even more exciting horizons for women in dentistry.   Read More
A Knockout?
A “Knock Out” is a fight-ending win for the boxer who is NOT knocked out.  Life can come down so intensely, so debilitatingly, that you may feel as if it’s over.  It’s a KO.  In sports, it’s up to the referee.  In life, it’s up to you!  It’s a KO ONLY if you decide it is.  Your mindset - your...  Read More
The moment you say, 'I Know' -- you stop learning
For the dentist -- and for everyone, really -- saying that you 'know it already' can be a huge obstruction to learning and open-mindedness.   Read More
How to Handle the Rest of Your Career
Having genuine love for your patients makes for the happiest career for the dentist. Let me use a wonderful patient family in my Abu Dhabi practice as an example to explain how this works.   Read More
Happy and Successful, Doctor?  Relationships are the Key.
Success and joy in life and in dental practice are found in loving, healthy relationships with family, patients, employees, suppliers, lenders and others. Dr Chris Baker talks about cultivating these relationships in your life and profession.  Read More
Orthodontics: Going for Gorgeous
Very often, the main motivator for any dental treatment, orthodontics especially, is to look gorgeous. Good looks are a priority to the patient or her parents -- this often even taking precedence over something directly contributing to the good health of the patient... like fillings.    Read More
Stressed, Doctor?  Nourish Your Mind and Your Soul
Living in this luxurious amazing time, we have favorite luxuries - favorite restaurants, favorite vacation spots, favorite sports teams, favorite…We choose food, travel, teams to cheer, movies, luxuries upon luxuries.We spend time with news, negativity, complainers, shopping, services, confusion,...  Read More
Kicking Some Brass (Wire Ligatures)
A vexing problem, mesially ectopic molars at their worst, can cause resorption of roots and may themselves impact and never erupt. Brass wire ligatures are one option to improve the trajectory of the ectopic molar.     Read More
Upside Down and Inside Out: The New Wisdom in Orthodontic Treatment
For years, Orthodontic Conventional Wisdom taught us our treatment sequencing should be: 1. Level and Align, then;2. Resolution of Transverse Discrepancies; 3. Vertical separation (disclusion) of the incisors as needed,  to allow;4. Correction of the sagittal relationship of the posterior teeth,...  Read More
The World Doesn't Care, Doctor
Oh, how we wish to be significant. Oh, how we wish to be important.  So we become “pleasers.”  We become “approval addicts.”  And the world doesn’t care - or even notice.We miss our own significance.  We miss our own importance.  We don’t appreciate our own value.And the world doesn’t care.The...  Read More
Functional Appliances: Are They Functional?
There are a lot of functional appliances being taught to dentists. They rely on patient compliance - that’s the tough part. The question is, then, “can  they be REALLY functional for this patient?"  Ask the question as you treatment plan each patient. www.loveandorthodontics.com  Read More
Forward Tongue Position: Typical, But Not Good
A forward tongue position is now typical in child and adolescent patients. It used to not be that way. There are a whole host of dental and orthodontic problems that can result.      Read More
A Few Good Books
Today we are glued to screens - probably way, way too much.  We become addicted to the video platform.  Think about beginning a little library for yourself, that you can go back to over and over, to feel happy, to learn, to grow, to become a different person.If you haven’t yet, find and read Think...  Read More
What Has Changed in Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea's resurgence in interest has some interesting and important reasons. And one of them is how it affects your child.   Read More
An Outstanding Cephalometric Tracing in One Minute
An important part of doing great orthodontics is having an accurate cephalometric tracing of your patient. There is a simple way to keep this from being arduous. Let me explain.    Read More
Saunter. Mosey.
The word saunter comes from the late 1500’s to 1660’s, and has been linked to “la Sainte Terre,” or holy land.  Thoreau said that persons who understood the art of walking on the precious earth were geniuses. It’s also linked to adventure, walking with awareness of the earth and beauty around.It’s...  Read More
Being a Great Dentist: Is That All There Is?
Being skilled in dentistry is a great accomplishment. You've worked very hard to learn and hone those skills. But, as dentists, we all have the challenge to go beyond the 'technician' and transcend into something special.   Read More
You Are Significant.  You Are Needed!
Purpose - You are here for a reason. That reason has to do with connecting to others, to your higher self, and to God. Your purpose is to fill a need or a void in the world, using your particular talents, awarenesses, your needs (yes - your needs), your fears, (yes - your fears),  your courage,...  Read More
How to LOVE your team
It takes a team to run a dental practice. As the owner of the practice, it's important to remember that your team members need respect and love - and there's a way to do it right.   Read More
Imagine missing this with your child patients!
Dentists who treat children have a unique opportunity to use their awareness of developmental issues which can occur. In this VLOG entry, I want to address these.   Read More
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