I. DID YOU HAVE BRACES WHEN YOU WERE A KID?
a. How long did you have braces? ONE YEAR
b. Did you like having braces? AT THE BEGINNING
c. Did anybody tease you ? YES
If so, What did you do about it?
I LAUGHED IT OFF SINCE I KNEW MY SMILE WOULD BE PERFECT
d. Did a lot of kids in your neighborhood, school or family have braces? YES
e. Did you grow up in a city, the suburbs, or in a rural area? SUBURBS
f. How did your parents help you with your braces?
BRUSH, BRUSH, BRUSH
g. What age were you when your braces were taken off? 17
h. Did you like your orthodontist? YES
i. Did you read any books when you were a kid with characters that had braces?
j. Did you see any celebrities with braces when you were a kid? NO
k. Did you wear a retainer after your braces were taken off? YES
l. Did you think it was hard taking care of your braces? YES
m. Why did you need braces? SPACING
n. Do you think braces hurt less now than when you had braces put on? YES
o. Do you talk to your patients differently than your orthodontist talked to you? YES
II. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO GO TO DENTAL SCHOOL?
AT THE TIME I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH MY DENTIST AND
I LIKED THE SOCIAL INTERACTION
a. Did you like going to the dentist?
I DID NOT MIND GOING TO THE DENTIST, BUT I DIDN'T ENJOY IT EITHER
b. Did anyone encourage you to go to dental school? NO
c. What school subjects helped you with dental school? BIOLOGY
d. Did you think about doing any other jobs? NOT REALLY
e. Did you know that you wanted to be an orthodontist when you started dental school? NO
f. Did you go to college before you went to dental school? YES
III WHAT WAS DENTAL SCHOOL LIKE?
I LEARNED MORE IN 6 MONTHS THAN I DID IN 4 YEARS OF COLLEGE
a. How did you choose the dental school that you went to?
PROXIMITY TO HOME AND REPUTATION
b. Which dental school did you go to?
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND AT BALTIMORE. THIS DENTAL SCHOOL IS THE VERY FIRST DENTAL SCHOOL THAT WAS ESTABLISHED IN THE WORLD
c. How many years did you go to dental school? 4 YEARS
d. What kind of subjects did you study?
ANATOMY, BIOCHEMISTRY, PHYSIOLOGY, HISTIOLOGY, MICROBIOLOGY, PHAROCOLOGY, DENTAL ANATOMY, RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY, DENTAL MATERIAL AND ......
e. Did you work on models?
YES. PLASTER MODELS, PLASTIC MODELS
f. Did you work on people or animals at your dental school? PEOPLE
g. Did you learn about how faces change when people get older?
YES. ESPECIALLY STUDYING ORTHODONTICS
h. Did you use computers to learn about how teeth change? NO
i. What did you like most about dental school?
WORKING WITH PEOPLE
j. Did you learn about how to explain what you are doing to your patients? YES
k. Did you study other parts of the body or just the mouth?
OTHER PARTS AS WELL
l. Did you learn about working on people of all ages? YES
m. Did you enjoy dental school? MOST OF THE TIME
IV. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO SPECIALIZE IN ORTHODONTICS?
I LIKE WORKING WITH KIDS, CLEAN WORKING ENVIRONMENT. IT'S FUN TO MAKE SOMEONE HAVE AND ENJOY A BEAUTIFUL SMILE
a. Was there an orthodontic part of dental school? YES
b. Did you think about working mostly with kids and teenagers?
HALF OF MY PATIENTS ARE ADULTS
c. Did you want to work on helping people look better? YES
d. Did you like to look at people's teeth and think about how braces would change their face?
YES, BUT I DON'T PUSH THEM
e. Did anyone tease you when you decided to be an orthodontist? NO
V. WHAT WAS ORTHODONTIC SCHOOL LIKE? FUN
a. Where did you go to orthodontic school? NYU
b. What did you like about orthodontic school? MY CLASSMATES
c. How many years did you go to orthodontic school? 2 YEARS
d. What percent of your fellow students had braces as a kid?
I DON'T KNOW
e. Did you work on models or people? PEOPLE
f. Did you work on the same people for a long time? YES
g. Did the school teach about how people are supposed to look? YES
h. Did you use computers to study orthodontics? YES
i. Did the school teach you how to work with kids and teenagers? YES
j. Did you watch other orthodontists work with patients? YES
VI. WHAT IS IT LIKE TO BE AN ORTHODONTIST?
a. How long have you been an orthodontist? 6 YEARS.
b. Do you have to be strong to be an orthodontist? ONLY MENTALLY
c. Do you get tired of working on people's mouths? NO
d. What percentage of your patients are kids, teenagers and adults? 50/50
What percentage are female and what percentage are male?
63% FEMALE - 37% MALE
e. Have you ever seen someone have an allergic reaction to their braces? YES
If so, did they know it was because of their braces? What does an allergic reaction look like?
THEY DID NOT KNOW THAT THEY WERE ALLERGIC TO NICKEL. SOME BRACES HAVE NICKEL IN THEM. ALLERGIC REACTIONS IN THE MOUTH LOOKS LIKE A RED PATCHY LESION
f. Is it difficult to explain to kids what's wrong with their bite and what needs to be done?
NO. MOST KIDS KNOW WHAT'S WRONG WITH THEIR TEETH
g. Are kids easier to work with than teenagers?
ALMOST THE SAME
h. If there is a problem with braces, can kids explain the problem to you?
IF IT HURTS THEY WILL COMPLAIN
i. Do you put the braces on all at once or do you put them on a little at a time?
MOST OF THE TIME ALL AT ONCE
j. How do you help kids get used to braces?
WAX STICKS, PAIN MEDICATION IF NEEDED
k. Do you recommend any books to them to help them with braces?
THERE ARE SOME PAMPHLETS
l. Do you take pictures of them during their visit? YES
m. How often do you take x-rays?
AT THE BEGINNING AND AT END OF TREATMENT
n. What happens when kids loose a tooth when their braces are on?
I JUST WAIT UNTIL THE ADULT TOOTH COMES IN
o. Do people call you for emergencies a lot? NO
p. What are some of the emergencies people have with their braces?
WHEN ONE OF THE BRACES COMES OFF
q. Do you get to know the patients pretty well? Do they e-mail you? YES - NO
r. Which specialists do you work with?
PERIODONTISTS, PEDODONTISTS, ORAL SURGEONS, AND SOMETIMES ENDODONTIST
s. What can kids do if their lips get hurt by the braces?
PLACE ORTHODONTIC WAX OVER THEIR BRACES
t. Do you recommend any special machines for cleaning teeth and braces? TOOTHBRUSH
u. We heard that soda is bad for braces. Is that true?
THE SUGAR IN SODA CAUSES CAVITIES AROUND BRACES
v. What are some of the things kids tell you they are afraid of with their braces?
PAIN. HARD FOOD
w. I heard that there are guards to put on if you play a wind instrument or play sports. Are these guards a good idea? Are they hard to use? Are they expensive? YES. NO. NO.
x. Do you look at celebrities and think about whether they had braces? Have you ever worked on someone who was or became a celebrity?
YES , I WORK WITH A LOT OF MODELS
y. What do you think of computer imaging? Is it the same technology as when the police show what a missing kid would look like when they are older? Does it help kids work harder to take care of their braces? IT'S EDUCATIONAL
z. Which part of getting braces do kids like the least?
BRUSHING THEM AND THE METAL APPEARANCE