Retention is the phase of orthodontic treatment over which the doctor has little, if any, control. It's up to the patient. Here are some thoughts for both doctors and their orthodontic patients.
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This is not science fiction: Compliance by orthodontic patients to wear 'rubber bands' is essential when prescribed by the dentist. Non-compliance, unfortunately, is common. What to do?
Our son and daughter, Trey and Molly, were most fortunate to train with (all the way to Black Belt and beyond), an incredible Taekwondo Master who taught them martial arts, life, and spirituality. Mr. Brian Chewning taught them that there are two steps to success:
And, DON’T STOP.
And, avoid what the 95% do: Watch a lot of TV, news & movies, eat unhealthfully, sit a lot, forget to exercise, and don’t start anything new.
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great!” ~ Zig Ziglar & taught by Brian Chewning
Thank you Mr. Chewning, for your wisdom, insight, dedication, motivation and commitment to your students and to everyone with whom you come in contact. You make us all better.
Now we know.
When I enrolled in dental school, I was one of only six female students in my class. Now, more than half of all dental students in the U.S. are women. Times have changed! But now, there are even more exciting horizons for women in dentistry.
What an amazing perspective certain experiences give us -- like being a dental student and young parent with a child in school -- both at the same time. Watching my son grow up as I grew in my career has been a great lesson and rewarding in ways I didn't expect!
A “Knockout” is a fight-ending win for the boxer who is NOT knocked out.
Life can come down so intensely, so debilitatingly, that you may feel as if it’s over. It’s a KO.
In sports, it’s up to the referee. In life, it’s up to you! It’s a KO ONLY if you decide it is.
Your mindset - your attitude - your philosophy - is the stakeholder here!
“Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up." - Steve Maraboli
Even the most crippling, debilitating life events bring opportunities for strength, for life transformation for you and others, rather than eviscerating, stoppage of everything good.
Decide for gratitude NOW, for the amazing goodness in your life, and ready yourself to lean on your grateful, trusting mindset as soon as you can, when your most difficult, your most challenging life events come to pass.
Hold on to life. Get up. Live with love, every minute of every day that you can.
You’re still needed. Even more than before.
Go to love. ASAP.
For the dentist -- and for everyone, really -- saying that you 'know it already' can be a huge obstruction to learning and open-mindedness.
... that is the title of a book by John Gray.
Anyone who is married knows what it’s like to attempt to explain/communicate/discuss with their husband or wife.
You know how easy it is to feel, “If you just think like I do, it’ll all be good.” (Ha)
You know how easy it is to feel, “What planet are you from??"
And it’s not just male vs. female. We are all so different in our perceptions (what we see), our perspectives (what we feel), our words (how we learned to talk and express).
Communication. Whew! Tough!
“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” ~ Tony Robbins
Surely. BUT - in the heat or frustration of trying to communicate, to understand, to make our point, there is probably only one best way to succeed.
That is through LOVE. When it seems you aren’t succeeding, your point is obscure to your listener, your listener does not understand - or care, STOP and think to just love the other person.
Your point may get more obscure with more talk, more emotion.
Just stop. Just love. Communication - Maybe later. Maybe never.
The communication of love can win the day. No matter your point.
Health coverage and insurance schemes, both public and private, such as Medicare, Medicaid and Dental Insurance, have dramatically affected healthcare professions since their introduction. It has been a real education for me, being a firsthand witness to many of these changes.
How we adults wish sometimes that we could be the child, taken care of, looked after, protected, as we do for and with our beloved children. The world can be a scary place.
Yet we spend the greatest part of our lives being adults, called to personal responsibility, coping, courage, commitment, motivation, and dedication.
It’s easy to feel alone. We yearn for guidance, surety.
This is where trust and faith come in. It’s about something greater than ourselves.
It’s about knowing you are Divinely guided.
It’s about knowing the turns you take in the roads of life will work together for good.
It’s about knowing God can make a way where there “is no way.”
It’s about expecting the best, and then trusting you have Divine guidance.
It’s about experiencing that life includes love - and loss.
It’s about knowing the problems are not the problems, but rather are there to bring you to strength.
The Grace is there. But for the trust, the faith.
Dr Chris Baker
Dr. Chris Baker is Past President of the American Orthodontic Society, a pediatric dentist and teacher of orthodontics, An author, dental practice consultant, mentor, and a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools, Dr Chris practices and blogs in beautiful Abu Dhabi, UAE, and glorious Texas, USA.
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