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Orthodontics

For dentists, the era of advanced degrees (Part 1) Oct 12, 2016 | Orthodontics USA

For dentists, the era of advanced degrees (Part 1)

Today, it is more common than ever before for dentists to go back to school for advanced degrees. Why? Until the 1990s, most doctors were content to have only one advanced degree and never step foot in a school again. So why are so many individuals going back to school for advanced degrees, and is advanced education really worth the effort?

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Clear aligner therapy: Begin with the end in mind Sep 7, 2016 | Orthodontics USA

Clear aligner therapy: Begin with the end in mind

Forty-one years ago, when I began my journey as an orthodontist, I was fortunate to have been invited to associate with Dr. Robert Ricketts and Dr. Ruel Bench in their Pacific Palisades, Calif., practice. During those 11 years of working closely with them, I learned many valuable lessons, but the one I call upon every day in my practice is to “begin with the end in mind.” In other words, visualize the treatment objectives before starting the treatment.

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Historical overview of orthodontic education, from the beginning up to the 21st century (Part 4) Aug 16, 2016 | Orthodontics USA

Historical overview of orthodontic education, from the beginning up to the 21st century (Part 4)

In 2002, 300 full-time faculty positions were unfilled, and an additional 200 to 600 new faculty members would be needed every year thereafter (Trotman, Bennett, Scheffler and Tulloch, 2002). The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the American Association of Orthodontists established task forces to study this shortage, which they declared was at a crisis level and that academe was no longer an attractive career option (Trotman et al., 2002; Peck, 2003).

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Power-driven acceleration with Propel’s Excellerator PT Jul 27, 2016 | Orthodontics USA

Power-driven acceleration with Propel’s Excellerator PT

The patient goal of shortening orthodontic treatment time is not new. It has only been in the last several years that orthodontists have had practical, cost-efficient options to meet this long-held patient desire. I view offering accelerated treatment as critical to the future success of my practice, particularly at a time when adult starts are outpacing slow growth in overall treatment starts.

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Screening for a new revenue source in your own practice Jun 22, 2016 | Orthodontics USA

Screening for a new revenue source in your own practice

Most dental professionals, by now, should be well aware of the rapid changes altering the dental playing field. The market-driven changes, such as corporatization of the industry and oversupply of new dental graduates, have been well highlighted in professional publications, and despite an increase in the frequency of dental caries, particularly in young children, after decades of decreasing incidence, the dental profession, unlike its medical counterpart, relies on the ability to treat just a handful ...

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Historical overview of orthodontic education, from the beginning up to the 21st century (Part 3) Mar 16, 2016 | Orthodontics USA

Historical overview of orthodontic education, from the beginning up to the 21st century (Part 3)

Orthodontic education accreditation for all undergraduate and postgraduate educational programs in the United States and Canada was initiated in the early 1970s. The creation of the Commission of Dental Accreditation occurred in the 1990s, operating under the auspices of the ADA, in order to standardize the accreditation process for all postgraduate orthodontic programs (American Dental Association, 2008).

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Interview: Carriere explains facially driven treatment for Class II and Class III Oct 27, 2015 | Orthodontics USA

Interview: Carriere explains facially driven treatment for Class II and Class III

Dr. Luis Carrière obtained his dental degree from the University of Complutense in Madrid (UCM), in 1991. He then attended the University of Barcelona (UB) where he completed his orthodontic training and received his master of science in orthodontics in 1994. In 2006, he received his doctorate in orthodontics, cum laude, from the University of Barcelona.

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Historical overview of orthodontic education, from the beginning up to the 21st century (Part 2) Oct 14, 2015 | Orthodontics USA

Historical overview of orthodontic education, from the beginning up to the 21st century (Part 2)

Background of orthodontic education in early 1900s: During the 1940s-1950s, dentists seeking to specialize in orthodontics were required to work for several years with an established, board-certified orthodontist as a preceptor (Asbell, 1988; Wahl, 2006). In addition to learning to become clinically proficient, additional science courses were necessary, such as: growth and development, human anatomy, physiology, histology and biomechanics.

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Decisions, decisions: Separating your practice from the rest Sep 11, 2015 | Orthodontics USA

Decisions, decisions: Separating your practice from the rest

During the past several years, the orthodontic field has become quite competitive. Now more than ever, orthodontists need to focus on what makes their practice stand out. They need to figure out what it is about their practices that would appeal to potential new patients. Surprisingly, the lowest fee is not always the ideal differentiator.

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Historical overview of orthodontic education, from the beginning up to the 21st century (Part 1) Jan 21, 2015 | Orthodontics USA

Historical overview of orthodontic education, from the beginning up to the 21st century (Part 1)

Part I: Background of orthodontic education from 1000 BC to 1727: Orthodontics dates back to 1000 BC (Proffit, Fields, & Sarver, 2007). Proffit et al. (2007) stated, “Crowded, irregular, and protruding teeth have been a problem for some individuals since antiquity, and attempts to correct this disorder go back at least to 1000 BC. Primitive orthodontic appliances … have been found in both Greek and Etruscan materials” (p. 3).

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ClearCorrect treatment of crowding and constricted archforms Dec 23, 2014 | Orthodontics USA

ClearCorrect treatment of crowding and constricted archforms

A 21-year-old male presented with a chief complaint of relapse of adolescent orthodontic treatment. He expressed an interest in clear aligner therapy for alignment and improved esthetics. Past medical history was unremarkable other than he was a nasal breather. The examination showed a slightly convex profile with a long face.

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The paradox of quality treatment Nov 25, 2014 | Orthodontics USA

The paradox of quality treatment

Doctors are educated to diagnose and treat health problems. Within these margins, most clinicians fulfill this role with patients very successfully. The traditional role of the doctor is carried out within a broader, historical, political and social context — where the diagnosis and treatment of system failures are as important as clinical interactions with individual patients.

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