Closing the (Knowledge) Gap


I was taught to never present a problem without having a solution and this time is no different. But before we get started, let’s look at a few questions.

Putting aside orthodontics for a second, what do you know?

Seriously what do you know? Are you up on current events? Local events? Do you know what’s going on in the stock market? How is your best friend’s family doing? Who’s saying what on your social media accounts? Do you know what place your favorite sports team is in? How many of your state senators or representatives can you name? Can you identify any of the songs, singers or bands that are shaping the cultural landscape?

The above questions are not presented to make you feel bad. If it’s any consolation, my answers to the above questions started with “I think, maybe, a little” and devolved into a repetitious chorus of no. The point in asking those questions is to demonstrate how easy it is to feel overwhelmed in today’s information soaked society.

In 2010 Eric Schmidt (formerly of Google) brought our information overload into focus when he revealed, “Every two days now we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003.” That’s a lot to know. Continue reading Closing the (Knowledge) Gap

The Curious Case of Casey Crafton and Braces That Go On Your Ears

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Sometimes it can be hard to tell an easy story. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the story. Rather it’s that the story can be told so many ways, and each way can feel right. Take this story. On the surface, it’s a basic capitalist success story. Man makes product, product is a success, man lives happily ever after. But if that’s all you get out of the tale, then you’re missing the magic in the details. Be it by fate or by faith, this is a story with multiple layers, improbable pursuits, tragedy and triumph and an ending that’s just a beginning.
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Where Do You Find the Best Orthodontists? Just Follow the Dentists!

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If it’s true that you find the very best food at the places where chefs eat, then it’s hard to imagine a better endorsement of the Brace Place than they have treated well over 500 dentists and their families. In essence, the New Jersey based practice has become “the orthodontists to the dentists”. It’s the sort of designation that can’t just be claimed, it can only be earned. Continue reading Where Do You Find the Best Orthodontists? Just Follow the Dentists!

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

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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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No Label Required

Orthodontics is a notoriously slow moving profession. Distances less than a single millimeter can take months to cover. It’s the ultimate in controlled, methodical movements.

The man behind the wheel depresses the clutch and plunges the gas pedal to the floor. The engine emits a throaty growl as the tachometer winds out a split second before his foot comes off the clutch, engaging the 800 horsepower engine. There’s so much torque unleashed, the inner portion of the tire has rotated 90 degrees before the outside of the tire even moves. In about ten seconds, the man and the car have moved a quarter mile away from where they started.

Orthodontics is a notoriously cerebral profession. It’s not enough that most doctors need to achieve a doctorate in dentistry, but they must also do so finishing near or at the top of their class. All of which earns them nothing more than the right to plunge head first into three more years of education. Continue reading No Label Required