The Present: Innovation in Water

Innovation1If innovation is change, then water should be one of the least innovative substances in the world. Because the earth is a closed system, today’s water is the liquid that was around millions of years ago.

Water makes up about 60% of the average human body, 70% of the brain and 80% of the blood circulating in our veins. While 70% to 75% of the earth’s surface is covered by water, just 3% is fresh water. What’s more, the vast majority of that fresh water is locked up in the form of ice. When it comes to accessible fresh water, just .007% of the earth’s water is available for human consumption.

And that’s where the trouble begins. Continue reading The Present: Innovation in Water

Sleep Apnea and Orthodontics

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Treating a Chronic Sleep Condition Author- Jim Duffy

Interdisciplinary treatment planning is a concept that’s gaining relevance among oral health professionals. It’s one of the chief tenets of the popular Seattle Study Club, and many finding it extremely rewarding to work with a group of like-minded professionals when treating their patients. This evolving holistic approach to oral health is exemplified in the evolving role that the orthodontist can play in addressing sleep apnea. Continue reading Sleep Apnea and Orthodontics

The Past: Innovation in Energy


HeadineLike so much of modern life, humans in the developed world are increasingly removed from the forces that shape their lives. Take energy, for example. Wildcatting used to be a term that everyone was familiar with. A wildcatter was an independent oil prospector who roamed the land looking for oil in places not known to have oil. Like the cowboy, they were a part of the cultural fabric of the growing nation. Continue reading The Past: Innovation in Energy

First Impressions – The Business of Relationships


Just after he was hired by DENTSPLY GAC, new Director of Marketing John Kringel was performing the due diligence required as a new employee. After acquainting himself with the members of his own team, he ventured out to meet the people who use GAC products. It was then that he realized his new customers were different from the surgeons and operating room nurses that he was accustomed to working with in the past.

Orthodontists don’t just want great products …they want to help GAC make them. Continue reading First Impressions – The Business of Relationships

Increasing Practice Efficiency and Profitability Using In-Ovation “R” Self-Ligating Brackets

A White Paper Report

By: Jerry R. Clark, DDS, MS and Jack Gebbie, BS

Many unsubstantiated claims have been made concerning self-ligating bracket systems as to their efficiency in moving teeth, the time savings that can be realized by using these appliances, and the “magic” that is somehow stored up in these brackets to more effectively align teeth.  This study was done in an effort to draw some scientifically based conclusions to more accurately differentiate between what is “hype” and what is actually true regarding the purported increased efficiency and time savings of one such self-ligating bracket system – In-Ovation “R”® – manufactured by GAC International.  The study was performed to determine if cases treated with In-Ovation “R”brackets were actually treated faster, with fewer and shorter appointments with less clinical chair time needed to complete treatment, and if they truly increase practice efficiency and profitability compared to similar cases treated with traditional edgewise brackets.

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The Digital Search Evolution

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When consumers, including prospective orthodontic patients, head to the Internet, the vast majority of them begin by using a search engine. According to research conducted by Pew Internet, 93% of online activities begin with a search.1 As these consumers initiate their searches, the topic of health is quite popular. In fact, 72% of Internet users looked online for health information within the last year.2 On Google last month an average of 1,124,160 searches were conducted for keyword phrases specific to orthodontics.3 Even as consumers continue to search for information, the landscape for how and where they search is undergoing a shift.

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The Past: Innovation in Food

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Ask anyone in the US, or around the world, for a list of the greatest Americans of all time, you’ll get some instantly recognizable names from many walks of life. Lincoln, Washington and Jefferson…Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison and Bill Gates. Rockefeller, Ford and Carnegie. Athletes like Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson, and Roberto Clemente, activists like Elizabeth Cady, Martin Luther King Jr. and Jonas Salk. Yet the American who had perhaps the biggest impact on the world is nowhere on this list despite being one of just six people to win the Nobel Peace Prize, the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Norman Borlaug was a scientist and innovator who is credited with saving more lives than any other person who has ever lived. While a specific number is impossible to calculate, it’s estimated to be around one billion lives. Continue reading The Past: Innovation in Food

Complete Clinical Orthodontics Achieves a Complete and Total Success

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In an outcome driven profession such as orthodontics, the result at the end of the case is the ultimate arbitrator when it comes to determining success. At the end of the inaugural CCO Summit of Orthodontics in Philadelphia, both organizers and attendees agreed that the event was an overwhelming success. Unlike the result at the end of the case, this success isn’t an end, but a beginning of what could be something big. Continue reading Complete Clinical Orthodontics Achieves a Complete and Total Success

The Imperfect Path to Perfection

The Imperfect Path to PerfectionIntroduction—Brazil, 1995

Ten years before founding his own orthodontic practice, Tim Lyons found himself standing face-to-face with a naked woman.

Her name was Poohan and she was a member of a recently discovered Indian Tribe in the Amazon Rain Forest. Tim was part of a group that was filming a documentary about the tribe. It should have been a pure moment of scientific awe. Unfortunately, not all was well with the woman.
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