Orthodontic Tips May 12, 2014

Orthodontic Tips May 12, 2014

Do you have a mentor?

They say that when the student is ready the teacher will appear.

Choose a mentor to help you stay challenged but out of trouble.

This past week one of my patients came to see me with a pressing question. I had been treating him for TMJ and Sleep Apnea. He asked me if he needed orthodontic treatment for the spaces between his teeth.

His dentist suggested to him that she could easily close the spaces between his teeth with Invisalign. My patient asked me if it was a good idea.

I explained that I had not suggested closing the spaces between his teeth because his front teeth would move lingually and encroach on his larger than normal tongue and increase his sleep apnea. If he wanted the spaces closed veneers would be a better idea in order to maintain the same tongue space.

I work with several dentists who like to do orthodontics. I enjoy walking through their proposed treatment plans so that they can be challenged by the orthodontic care that they can provide. Also, I steer them away from cases that are not right for the general practitioner. The most common mistakes that dentists make are not picking up on skeletal issues and compromising habits.
If you have a case you want to discuss, take some pictures and email me the history and the pictures. We can talk. It’s is worth my while in order to create a link with you for the cases that I should be handling.


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