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I was very fortunate to get to know the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network (Network) and had a great opportunity to participate in the prospective study entitled, ‘Anterior Open Bite Malocclusions in Adults: Recommendations, Treatment and Stability’. In this study, I recruited orthodontic practitioners, conducted the designed study with my own patients in my intramural faculty clinic at the University of Iowa, and participated in proofreading the final manuscript. Read more
The National Dental Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) started in 2005 with the goal of advancing knowledge of dental practice and ways to improve it. I joined the network both as a registered clinician and as a member of the American Association of Orthodontists PBRN committee with the goal of advancing the orthodontic specialty. It is an honor and a privilege to help foster the creation of - and engagement with - study initiatives that will allow the profession to deliver the best patient care. The “value add” of the PBRN is its ability to really get to the heart of the questions that we encounter in the real world of clinical practice. The PBRN infrastructure offers the missing piece to the puzzle that bridges the knowing-doing gap that we experience throughout our lifelong learning journeys. Most importantly, the orthodontic profession is rapidly evolving with an even more urgent need to understand. Read more
The initial Governor-mandated “lockdown” in Texas began in March 2020 and restricted dentists to only being able to treat serious dental emergencies - no routine care. The Texas Dental Association and DenPAC, its political action committee, worked tirelessly to inform and educate the state’s officials that dentistry is an essential healthcare service and that Texas’ dentists were already well-trained in infection control protocols and in compliance with CDC and OSHA guidelines. Read more