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This Causes More Pain than Almost Anything in Ortho
Dr Chris offers more understanding about one aspect of orthodontic treatment.   Read More
Can You Do What Your Patient Really Wants?
Take a good look at your career: Are you providing what your patient really wants? What about what YOU want?  Read More
Surround Yourself With The Best People
Ask yourself:                                                                                             Who am I hanging with / spending time with?                        What effect do they have on me?                        What have they got me spending time, doing?                       ...  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
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
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
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
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
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
'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
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
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