In 1974, Jacob A. Salzmann published a book entitled, Orthodontics in Daily Practice. That same year, my dad returned from hospital rounds and out-of-the-blue suggested that I should be an orthodontist. A decade later began my reality of “weird tales about teeth” in daily practice. From addressing a collection of controversies to developing concepts and devices to improve the predictability of clinical practice, seems that I have thrown everything at them, except the kitchen sink (but on second blush . . .). Along the way, it has been a journey of accidents and epiphanies. Providing more than just lip service for esthetics, pulsus a mortuus equus on extractions, and suggesting conservative early treatment, these topics have occasionally been presented in what Edward Angle described as “an attitude of friendly hostility.” From uno, dos, tres miniscrew innovations to improvements in drastic plastic, combined with research on “scar tactics,” offering canine obedience training, and a simple quick fix, this road has proven that an avid approach to a vocation might also transform into a passionate avocation, much as it was during Jacob Salzmann’s career.
Discuss the prevailing evidence-based arguments regarding the extraction decision.
Understand simple approaches for all Angle classifications, enhanced with miniscrews.
Improve the predictability of clear aligner treatment with a variety of adjuncts and instruments.