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Click here to see PCSO's Dr. Ken Fischer discuss "Braces Options for Special Needs Children".

Special Issue on TADs

In the Summer issue of the PCSO Bulletin, there's a special section focusing on temporary anchorage devices (TADs). Included are clinical columns and a new column entitled “PCSO Program Talk,” which features a series of questions on a single topic posed to a group of respondents, such as PCSO Orthodontic Program Directors, Chairmen, or other participants.

Download the 30-page TADs Special Issue here. 

Fall Case Report Video Now Available:

See Case N.N./Drs. Chandhoke, Posada; Dr. Nanda, supervisor here


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 Annual Session
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Podcasts and Webinars

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2012 Strategies for Challenging Times

Dr. Gerry Samson, (Macon, GA) and Dr. Jerry Nelson, (San Francisco, CA), hold  a conversation that will definitely interest residents and orthodontists in their first decade of practice. How can you sustain patient family and dental colleague loyalty, a key to a successful practice life?  This, and many other questions,  submitted by residents, practitioners, and PCSO leaders, stimulate the discussion. As always, this podcast is free and available for download 24/7 so members can listen whenever and wherever they like.

Download now our latest installment in our Podcast series as Dr. Gerry Samson answers questions from some of our residents and practitioners.

'I've been doing things with my hands all my life'

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:03:05 -0700

Dr. Martin Ters poses with one of his handmade guitars.
Strumming along: Dr. Martin Ters poses with one of his handmade guitars.
image of the back of one of Dr. Ters' guitars.
Special creation: Dr. Ters has traveled to Europe in search of just the right wood for his handmade guitars, the back of one shown here.
Dr. Ters' painted clocks
Time for some creativity: A multifaceted artist, Dr. Ters also created these painted clocks.
Louisville, Colo. —
Hands down, Dr. Martin Ters is one talented individual.

His hands, in fact, embody the main tool he plies in his career as a general dentist — and as a multifaceted artist: painter, woodworker, luthier and classical musician.

"I've been doing things with my hands all my life, making little wooden boats and airplanes that fly with radios and models of three-masted battleships from the 18th century," said Dr. Ters. "I've always liked wood and always liked to do something and create things."

He adds with a chuckle, "Dentistry is not enough."

Perhaps his most prevalent and time-consuming craft is his work as a luthier — or, in his case more precisely, guitar maker. He even built a website for his stringed creations —
Having played classical guitar since he was 10, Dr. Ters joined the Denver Classical Guitar Society and Boulder Guitar Society and marveled at some of the instruments fellow members owned.

"I thought, 'How does one get a guitar like this?' Then I realized that it can cost $25,000," he said. "I thought, 'Well, how about if I try to make one?' Then I found somebody who was teaching classes here in Arvada, and I signed up for it and made my first guitar. It was an acoustic guitar with the steel strings. It came out very nice. It actually came out better than the factory guitars."

Dr. Ters moonlights as a musician because, as he said, "It's kind of fun." He occasionally takes on gigs, playing his self-made guitars for senior citizens at local libraries and in retirement homes.

"Some of them pay a little money; some of them are free," he said. "But people are always saying, 'Come back and play!'"

Dr. Ters grew up in communist Czechoslovakia before defecting in 1986 to America, where he obtained political asylum to escape persecution. He said he saw dentistry as a noble profession and that's why he chose it. He first practiced in Czechoslovakia, where he was also an M.D., having practiced general medicine in the army as a young man.

"I really enjoyed it for a while until I realized that the communist government didn't really care about people," he said. "They just had their issues with numbers. The more fillings you did in an hour, the better dentist you were, and you were compensated for it. I was at the bottom of the line because I was slow and I was doing things the right way. My fillings didn't come out the next day, people bringing them in, in their hand, saying 'I got it yesterday, and, look, it's all gone.' My fillings were not falling out, and I was liked because of that by the people; and I was in trouble politically because of that."

Like his start in dentistry, his artistic interests also have roots in early days growing up in Europe.

His father was an artist and so was uncle who lived in France. His mother and sister are art teachers, he said.

His father also was an art conservationist, who renewed church frescos and statues, and Dr. Ters followed his father's lead.

Today, he has occasion to take on repair projects.

"A friend of mine is a periodontist here in Boulder," he said. "I just finished repairing his heirloom guitar that his father had. It was really trashed. I spent several months working on it. I like to do repairs, too.  I like to resurrect the instruments and bring the beauty where it was once lost — make it nice again. Just like teeth. Same thing. There's no difference."

But given a choice, Dr. Ters pursued dentistry for his day job. The profession provides the best of these worlds.  

"I think dentistry kind of put things together so I can still work with my hands and wear a white coat," he said with a laugh. "So it was one of the reasons I chose dentistry, because I like to fix things. I like to put things back together where decay over time and bacteria took it away from people. I just like to be able to restore things, so this is my calling."

ADA kit supports HIPAA, OSHA compliance

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:03:05 -0700

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The ADA HIPAA and OSHA Compliance Kit can help a dental practice address regulatory rules.

The best-selling kit is updated and revised regularly, which can help avoid messy missteps related to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and with Occupational Safety and Health Administration laws and regulations.

The kit includes:

  • The ADA Practical Guide to OSHA Compliance with CD-ROM and three years of updates.
  • The ADA Practical Guide to OSHA Training DVD and workbook.
  • The ADA Practical Guide to HIPAA Compliance with CD-ROM and three years of updates.
  • The ADA Practical Guide to HIPAA Training CD-ROM.

The ADA HIPAA and OSHA Compliance Kit (K017) is $575 for ADA members and $862.50 retail. Buyers can save $85 using promo code 14134 by Oct. 31. To order The ADA HIPAA and OSHA Compliance Kit (K017) or additional ADA Catalog products, visit or call 1-800-947-4746.

Early Childhood Caries conference planned

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:03:05 -0700

Baltimore — The University of Maryland School of Dentistry is inviting dentists to its Early Childhood Caries conference Oct. 23-24.

With the theme, "Innovations in the Prevention and Treatment of Early Childhood Caries," the conference will convene at the Turf Valley Resort and Convention Center in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Presenters will discuss evidence-based reviews that assess the potential of current and emerging approaches regarding early childhood caries prevalence, prevention, treatment and guidelines. Participants will receive 11 hours of continuing education credit.

Conference partners include the DentaQuest Foundation, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Register for the conference and hotel accommodations by Sept. 23 here.