To help get great diagnosis and track patient progress, the doctor should regularly take photos of the orthodontics patient. This helps both the doctor and the patient see progress and learn the great value of orthodontics.
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.
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?
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!
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.
Having a genuine, loving attitude towards your patients makes for a happier career for the dentist. A wonderful family in our Abu Dhabi practice helps to illustrate this point.
Success and joy in life and in dental practice are found in loving, healthy relationships with family, patients, employees, suppliers, lenders and others. Dr Chris Baker talks about cultivating these relationships in your life and profession.
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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