Braces Patients and the General Dentist (video)

Braces patients: dentists and orthodontistsThere is lots of variation among dentists when it comes to referring braces patients out to an orthodontist.

While 1 in 4 treats most braces patients themselves, 1 in 3 general dentists refers out all dental braces patients.

“Minor tooth movement is within the purview of dentist and pediatric dentist,” said one oral surgeon. “Treatment planning for major malocclusions is better done by an orthodontist and an oral surgeon.”

The relatively high cost of braces can be attractive to doctors. “If we (GP’s) as a whole just knew how easy orthodontics are, the vast majority could increase monthly income by 15 to 25%,” said one dentist. “I love doing it, and now me and my stay-at-home wife are both driving Mercedes.”

Read more about child and adult braces: Dentists and Orthodontist Referrals: Survey Results

Braces: Dentists Share Their Orthodontic Experiences (video)

Dental braces dentist survey video

Adult braces, Invisalign, and teen braces are all popular orthodontic treatments.
And dentists don’t just provide dental braces; they’re also patients.

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a dental survey asking dentists if they personally have had braces, if any of their children had them, and if they had any further thoughts on their personal braces experience.

“I had teen braces, and I had them as an adult too, and my teeth still moved,” said a Texas dentist.

Jim Du Molin and Julie Frey discuss dentists’ experiences with braces and orthodontia in this video.

“They have become readily accepted and allow us to provide beautiful smiles and proper occlusions for patients of all ages,” declared a Michigan dentist.

“I wish I did not get them when I was younger,” said a Louisiana dentist. “Four bicuspids were removed, and it ruined my smile.”

“I had regular brackets and arch wire braces at age 40. Like many younger patients, I did not wear my retainer and had relapse,” said a Kentucky dentist. “I had Invisalign ortho at age 50 and loved it compared to brackets and arch wires. I continue to wear my Invisalign retainer going on 8 years now.”

What are your thoughts? Any personal experiences you’d care to share?

Dentists Love Offering Invisalign (video)

Invisalign dentistsDentists love Invisalign, we found in this survey. Three quarters of general dentists say they offer Invisalign braces to their patients.

“You are crazy not to offer this service," advised one doctor. "As a dentist, we do simple cases and refer out to an orthodontist the complex cases. There are lots of dental CE opportunities to beef up your skill sets."

When it comes to braces, more and more adult braces patients are seeking Invisalign, clear braces, and actual invisible braces. As a matter of dental practice management, it's a good idea to offer patients what they want!

Read more: Invisalign Orthodontics: Dentists & Patients Love Invisible Braces

Dental Braces: Straight Teeth in 60 Seconds (video)

Dental Braces: Straight Teeth in 60 SecondsThe American Association of Orthodontists is the American professional association for orthodontists.

Through their online orthodontia videos, the AAO provides the public with an overview of what orthodontic treatment is and how braces can benefit patients of all ages.

The AAO  represents more than 17,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. The Association encourages and sponsors key research to enable its members to provide the highest quality of orthodontic dentistry to dental patients, and is committed to educating the public about the need for, and benefits of, orthodontic treatment.

One of their popular online videos is the time-lapsed teeth straightening in 60 seconds. This week, our Friday random video showcases this popular braces YouTube video.

Click on Play to see one young girl’s smile completely changed in 60 seconds by the miracle of dental braces

This video is one of the best dental advertising for orthodontics. She does have such a beautiful smile at the end. Who wouldn’t want that for their child or themselves?

Science Friday: Chew Tougher Food to Avoid the Orthodontist?

Science Friday: Chew Tougher Food to Avoid the Orthodontist?Can chewing more beef jerky lead to less visits to the orthodontist for braces? is reporting that new research by Dr. Noreen von Cramon-Taubadel of the University of Kent is indicating that many of the common orthodontic problems experienced by people in industrialized nations is due to a soft, modern diet.

Dr. von Cramon-Taubadel tested the long-debated theory that the transition from a largely hunter-gatherer to an agricultural subsistence way of living in many parts of the world causes the jaw to grow too short and small relative to the size of the teeth.

The doctor compared the shape of the skulls and lower jaws of eleven globally distributed populations against models of genetic, geographic, climatic and dietary differences. As reported in ScienceDaily, she found that lower jaw shape was related to the dietary behavior of populations, while the skulls were strongly related to the genetic relationships of the populations.

The lower jaw indicates whether populations are primarily hunter-gatherer or agriculturalist in nature. It is the chewing behavior that causes the lower jaw to grow and develop differently in different subsistence groups, while the skull is not affected in the same way.

Maybe we should be having jerky for breakfast instead of oatmeal?

What are your thoughts?

For more on this story see: Jaw Size Linked to Diet: Could Too Soft a Diet Cause Lower Jaw to Stay Too Short and Cause Orthodontic Problems?


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