I read the October 2011 editorial with great interest, since I am often in the position of working with dentists in multi-disciplinary cases (Kokich VG. Who determines when orthodontic treatment is complete? Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2011;140:451). It is so important to have input and coordination with the team. It is also important to have a mutually respectful relationship. We really need to emphasize mutual respect, and I have found that to be lacking in our community. I have often wondered whether some dentists realize that we went to dental school and then some! I still believe that orthodontists are the experts in our field since we have gone to an additional 2 or 3 years after dental school—and most of us were in the top of our class to qualify for specialty training. We are highly trained and educated professionals, and our specialty should be doing more to emphasize this. It was ironic that just yesterday I received letters from a dentist with detailed instructions for me to follow for 2 patients’ orthodontic care. Not only were the recommendations inappropriate—they didn’t even have the teeth labeled correctly. This form of arrogance disrupts the relationships we have with these patients. Rather than encouraging dentists to check our work, let’s encourage open, respectful dialog among professionals. Thanks so much.
Who determines when orthodontic treatment is complete?
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