Let’s Face It

You would think your orthodontist would be most interested in aligning teeth so that a terrific smile creates a beautiful face. Certainly, that is what orthodontics is all about, right? Well not exactly. We would be out of business if the face developed properly because then the teeth would follow their proper course without any […]

“Hurry Up Offense” or “How much longer Doc”

How many times do you think I have heard that sigh?  Sometimes it is a soon as the next appointment after getting braces installed, but sooner or later it is a guarantee comment even though we do our best to closely predict the best case scenario treatment time. If the time isn’t flying by, then […]

First Impressions (You don’t get a second chance)

Making an excellent first dental impression is Dentistry’s most critically learned clinical skill. The degree of difficulty is high and demands strict attention to the details of correct technique. The costs of doing it over because of any flaw are damaging not only to the confidence of the patient but also time and money lost […]

Why an Orthodontic Specialist?

At the end of my personal thoughts, you will have improved your decision-making based on the truth of solid evidence. So that you know, all orthodontists are dentist first, but only 6% of dentists are orthodontists. All of these 6% are in the top 10% of their graduating class from dental school and even so, […]

Time & Tide

“Time and tide wait for no man”, yet “there is a tide when taken at the flood leads on to prosperity”, so the right time for things to happen is important and no more so than in orthodontics. As the development clock ticks, things that are supposed to happen on time can be interfered with […]

Repairing the Cuban Cleft (one lip at a time)

After five years of planning and politics with a communist country, Rotary’s cleft palate team which included an orthodontist (me) landed in Havana, Wednesday April 27th with $267 in overweight medical supplies we were donating to their children’s hospital, where all medical and dental care is “free” and as you might imagine not by appointment […]

The Breath of Life

“And the Lord God breathed into his (Adam’s) nostrils the breath of life” Gen. 2:7 Notice “nostrils” (nose) not mouth, not lungs. We are made to breathe through our nose not mouth which is made for eating. Nasal breathing is essential for proper facial development and early mouth breathing at an early age changes facial […]

The Shadow of Your Smile

No apologies for coming of age in the 50’s and 60’s. Those two decades of music are buttons #1 and #2 on our Sirus satellite auto radio. The 1959 and 1960 Grammy Award Song of the Year was: (envelope please) Johnny Mandel’s hit, “The Shadow of Your Smile”. It also is in the top 100 […]

“The Nose Knows”

Having just returned from a Johns Hopkins/All Children’s Hospital Pediatric Sleep Conference, I once again, had some measure of pride in my orthodontic profession’s contribution to the understanding of facial development that is now being medically accepted as significant to quality of life. The very things that have been such important orthodontic considerations for at […]

The Top 20 Orthodontic Benefits For Your Children

Correct birth defects of the mouth- cleft lip and palate Prevent mouth deforming habits- thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, lip and nail biting Correct and prevent  accidents to teeth Correct sleep disturbance Breathing disorders- mouth breathing Air way restrictions- identifying tonsil and adenoid problems- age 3-5 Tooth protection form clenching and grinding habits Tooth protection for […]