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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
The 'Perfect Storm' of Marketing
Getting a 'perfect storm' of marketing to create success in your dental practice requires one thing.   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
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
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
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
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
My first day in dental school was my son's first day in kindergarten -- and here's the story
What an amazing perspective, being both a dental student and young parent with a child in school -- at the same time. Watching my son grow up as I grew in my career has been a great lesson and rewarding in ways I didn't expect.   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
Medicare, Medicaid and Dental Insurance: A Personal History
Health coverage and insurance schemes, both public and private, such as Medicare, Medicaid and Dental Insurance, have dramatically affected healthcare professions since their introduction. It has been a real education for me, being a firsthand witness to many of these changes.  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
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
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