Braces and shoes, me and you

Breakthrough Clinical’s Editorial Director Stacey Simmons, DDS, got braces! Read about how having a personal experience with orthodontics has changed her relationship with her patients in a positive way.

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16aug4bcsimmons BracesThe saying “put yourself in my shoes” has become a reality in my dental world. How? Four weeks ago I got braces. At 39 years of age (yup, now you know how old I am!), this is the first major dental work I’ve ever had, besides getting my wisdom teeth removed. I’ve never had a cavity or a crown, so in a way I’ve been in the dark about what I deal out to my patients on a daily basis.

Since my bite is being completely changed, my list of “complaints” or challenges ranges from not being able to occlude my posterior teeth (I can’t smash my food!), my lips catch on the brackets, I have to cut food into small pieces, my teeth hurt … You get the picture. So, I find myself becoming even more empathetic to my patients’ concerns. I have a better understanding of what they go through. My perspective has changed. That is a good thing, though, and a reminder for all of us to put ourselves in our patients' shoes!

Speaking of empathy, when your patients have sensitive teeth due to recession, what options do you give them? Periodontist Tina Beck, DDS, MS, gives us the 101 on the Pinhole Surgical Technique, which is an alternative way to treat recession. Internal and external resorption—how do you differentiate between the two? It can be tricky, but hopefully the article I wrote about it will help clear up the gray areas. And Kevin Connor, DDS, MD, is back with another oral pathology case that is not quite as black-and-white as you might think.

Cheers, my friends!

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Stacey L. Simmons, DDS
Editorial Director, DE’s Breakthrough Clinical with Stacey Simmons, DDS

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Staceylsimmonsdds 124x124Stacey L. Simmons, DDS, is in private practice in Hamilton, Montana. She is a graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry. Dr. Simmons is a guest lecturer at the University of Montana in the Anatomy and Physiology Department. She is the editorial director of PennWell’s clinical dental specialties newsletter, DE’s Breakthrough Clinical with Stacey Simmons, DDS, and a contributing author for DentistryIQ, Perio-Implant Advisory, and Dental Economics. Dr. Simmons can be reached at ssimmonsdds@gmail.com.


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