Monday, October 13, 2014


AJO-DO 2014; 146(4):412
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Peter Greco
Another year has rolled by, and it's again time for you to participate in the admissions interviews for your alma mater. It is becoming more and more difficult to identify those who not only would fit into your program, but would also contribute to your beloved specialty. The first transcript on your desk demonstrates the applicant's strong ability in the basic sciences and clinical course work. He seems to have difficulty in writing and communicating, however. A careful review of his faculty recommendations hints at this weakness. His grades on his college record confirm your suspicions....Yet his application essay was so eloquent that you discussed the composition with the admissions committee chair when you originally read it. 

What gives? 

You can probably guess....but will you know how to handle this situation if you ever find yourself it?  Read Peter Greco's thoughtful comments in the October 2014 issue of the Journal.

Friday, October 10, 2014


Watch the video!

Do dental esthetics have any influence on finding a job?

Matheus Melo Pithon, Caroline Carvalho Nascimento, George Caíque Gouveia Barbosa, Raildo da Silva Coqueiro

In our October 2014 video, Matheus Melo Pithon discusses his team's research examining the link between dental esthetics and hiring. They asked 100 persons responsible for hiring staff for commercial companies to assess photographs of subjects with ideal and non-ideal smiles, and to rate them specifically with regard to likelihood of being hired, honesty, intelligence, and efficiency at work.

The results will not surprise you: persons with ideal smiles were considered more intelligent and had a greater chance of finding a job. These findings support the notion that orthodontic treatment provides a variety of benefits to the patient.

Read the full text of this report in the October 2014 issue of the journal.

Thursday, October 9, 2014


AJODO 2014; 146(4):407-8.

Who is responsible to inform and protect the public?

Rolf G. Behrents, Editor-in-Chief
Almost on a daily basis, I receive a communication about an issue that, in the end, concludes that “someone ought to do something about this.” As a quick response I ask, “What are you going to do about it?” This, then, suggests my response to the question posed in the title of this editorial: “You are responsible to inform and protect the public.”
What can you do when you see misleading or deceptive claims on a website? What can we do together to protect and inform the public? Read the October 2014 Editorial to learn more. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October 2014 now Online

October 2014; 146(4)
Many patients who seek orthodontic treatment are motivated more by dental esthetics than by a desire to improve masticatory function. Might an improvement in dental esthetics have other, unrecognized benefits? Do dental esthetics affect a person’s ability to find a job?

The aim of this cross-sectional study by Pithon et al was to determine whether dental esthetics affect the perceptions of human resource personnel; does an applicant’s dental appearance affect how he or she is judged for honesty, capacity to fulfill tasks, and intelligence?
The smiling patient on the cover is Shannon McGuire, who was treated orthodontically by John E. Bilodeau of Springfield, Virginia.

The October 2014 issue of the AJO-DO is now available online.

Friday, September 19, 2014


Average horizontal change in the airways before and after
surgery. Yellow, preoperative; orange, postoperative.
AJO-DO 2014; 146:385-93.
Three-dimensional upper-airway changes with maxillomandibular advancement for obstructive sleep apnea treatment
By Stephen A. Schendel, Joseph A. Broujerdi, and Richard L. Jacobson
Many factors contribute to obstructive sleep apnea, and treating OSA patients remains a challenge for dental and medical specialists. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is still prescribed as the first line of therapy and considered the gold standard in the treatment of OSA patients. However, CPAP therapy has compliance limitations, and patients still seek alternative treatment options.
One alternative is upper airway surgery. Researchers at Stanford and UCLA examined the records -- CBCT images and polysomnography -- of 10 consecutive OSA patients (average preoperative apnea/hypopnea index of 46) who were treated with maxillomandibular advancement surgery. They found that the surgery resulted in a significant increase in the volume and a morphologic airway change from a round to an elliptical f shape in the upper airway space in patients with OSA
Read the full report in the September edition. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Arbitration agreement
Litigation and Legislation; 2014; 146:399-401

Think about it. No more worries about patients suing you. No more having to undergo the stresses associated with civil litigation. No more having to take an untold number of days out of the office to defend yourself. No more wondering what a jury will decide. Maybe this really is the other way to skin the cat.

Is an arbitration agreement the answer to your problems? Or, are you just trading one set of complications for another? 

Larry Jerrold explains, in the month's Litigation and Legislation column.

Saturday, September 13, 2014


Ankylosed maxillary incisor with severe root resorption treated with a single-tooth dento-osseous osteotomy, vertical alveolar distraction osteogenesis, and mini-implant anchorage
By Neslihan Ebru Şenışık, Gülperi Koçer, Bulem Üreyen Kaya

Authors Neslihan Ebru Şenışık, Gülperi Koçer, Bulem Üreyen Kaya, of Suleyman Demirel University, Isparta,Turkey, present a treatment protocol for a patient with an ankylosed tooth with severe root resorption is presented. Distraction with elastics and mini-implant anchorage provided successful treatment results. Listen as they present a summary of the patient's problems and the treatment options they considered, then read the full report in the September issue of the AJO-DO.