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Making the Case

Making the Case_header imageThe adoption lifecycle of new technology tends to follow a pretty standard script. It’s driven initially by innovators and early adopters who enjoy new for the sake of new. This period typically involves a good deal of feedback between the technology’s users and its makers. During this time bugs are worked out, enhancements are made and production efficiencies are established. At some point during this phase, the idea reaches a financial and intellectual tipping point where the costs and benefits of the technology are simply too significant for the rest of the market to ignore.

According to Dr. Tim Dumore, the tipping point for orthodontists to incorporate in-house 3D printing has already passed. Continue reading Making the Case

From the Harte of Brooklyn

harte of brooklyn headerDr. Lawrence Harte Takes a Philosophical Approach to Work, Life and Monkeys

Somewhere between the folksy practicality of Ben Franklin and the larger-than-life personality of Frank Sinatra is Dr. Lawrence Harte. He comes across like a modern day Mark Twain, dishing out folksy bits of wisdom to patients, students and colleagues alike.

 “Being spoon-fed at an early age does not sharpen ones teeth.”

 “If we spend too much time retracing our old steps, we’ll never have time for new steps.”

 “You can’t move the mountain, but you can climb it.” 

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AAO & HR for Health Team Up To Protect Orthodontic Practices

AAO_HR_for_Health-01The American Association of Orthodontics has selected HR for Health as its official, endorsed partner to provide strategic HR solutions to its members. HR for Health is a web-based service specifically designed to help orthodontic practices navigate the ever-changing and complex employment laws.

“We are thrilled to have the official endorsement that comes with certification by the AAO,” says Ali Oromchian, one of the nation’s top legal authorities in the field of dental law and co-founder of HR for Health. “The AAO is the first specialty association to take the step. We think it shows that the AAO is vigilant about looking out for the best interests of the orthodontists. It’s a unique way to provide a service that addresses a real need in the profession. It’s not something the AAO had to do. But it’s something they wanted to do.” Continue reading AAO & HR for Health Team Up To Protect Orthodontic Practices

Periodontal Rationale for Transverse Skeletal Normalization

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Authors: Dr. Shalin Raj Shah, Dr. Dan Fishel and Dr. Ryan Tamburrino

The goals of orthodontic treatment are well established for the sagittal and vertical dimensions in terms of how the teeth and jaws should relate, fit, and work together. Diagnostic and treatment strategies focusing on these dimensions are the topic of many orthodontic symposiums, conferences, and research papers. However, the transverse dimension is often missing from generally accepted and performed patient analyses and discussions. Additionally, well-defined criteria for determining if there is a need for correction based on objective means, instead of subjective, frequently are not used.

As there are treatment goals for the final tooth positions based on sagittal and vertical skeletal dimensions, there must be a set of defined goals for the transverse. For the posterior teeth, these would be to have them upright and centered in the alveolus in addition to being well-intercuspated with proper arch coordination, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1 – Ideal posterior dental treatment goals – teeth upright and centered in the alveolus, and well-intercuspated.
Figure 1 – Ideal posterior dental treatment goals – teeth upright and centered in the alveolus, and well-intercuspated.

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