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Book Review: Straight Talk About Crooked Teeth-The New Orthodontics by S. Kent Lauson DDS, MS, Orthodontist

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Straight Talk About Crooked Teeth-The New Orthodontics by S. Kent Lauson DDS, MS Orthodontist is a wonderful book which explains viable alternatives to complex dental surgical procedures which can be both costly and painful. The traditional orthodontic approaches in the United States are the employment of braces with much less emphasis on removable treatment appliances used predominantly in Europe.

Viable alternatives to the traditional approaches include Functional Facial Orthopedics (FF0) which involve the application of gentle pressure to reshape facial structures or to reposition them to improve the health or overall appearance of the individual. FFO corrects bone structures that are narrow or underdeveloped by expanding or enlarging them to harmonize the rest of the face. S. Kent Lauson explains spinal implications in Orthodontics.

The second type of correction is to reposition bone structures by moving the lower jaw forward. While the upper jaw is being expanded, the lower jaw can come forward on its own as it is no longer trapped behind the upper teeth. The need for the extraction of permanent teeth is virtually eliminated in FFO. In addition, a deviated septum may be corrected by expanding the upper jaw. A two-way saggital appliance , like the Schwartz device, widens the upper jaw and creates added bone structure.

Bad habits can create destructive pressure and engineering shear on the teeth and supporting structures. Examples of bad habits are nail biting, chewing on erasers, pushing the tongue against the front or back teeth and tearing food instead of using a fork and knife to cut it into smaller pieces.

Working the abdominal muscles can aid in preventing the forward collapse of the
spinal column with the accompanying pressure on the whole facial mask. This
preventive strategy is not emphasized by S. Kent Lauson. Strong abdominals
provide a wall of muscle to oppose a collapsing spine thereby keeping it in place
and reducing pressure on the facial mask.

Megatrends in orthodontics include Invisalign, the Cone Beam X-ray Machine to view facial structures in 3D and Temporary Anchorage Devices (TAD) to move teeth. There is an extensive Appendix and Glossary to amplify important technical terms and jargon in the art of Orthodontics. The presentation is readable and aimed at readers who have little or no knowledge of Orthodontics.

Straight Talk About Crooked Teeth-The New Orthodontics by S. Kent Lauson DDS, MS Orthodontics is an important treatise on the latest orthodontic research
aimed at treating patients painlessly and preventing the classic issues which
cause the need for extensive medical interventions in the first place.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.