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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
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
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
How About No Sedation or G.A. in Pediatric Dentistry?
Practicing great pediatric dentistry is possible without using sedation and general anesthesia. For the vast majority of patients, this is safer and creates a happier, healthier dental experience. Here's how.   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
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
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
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 you do....  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, big corporations,...  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: Instagram:   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
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