Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2007 00:20:07 -0600
From: "ESCO automatic digest system" <LISTSERV@LISTSERV.UIC.EDU>
Subject: ESCO Digest - 19 Jan 2007 to 23 Jan 2007 (#2007-10)

There are 5 messages totalling 1051 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:
1. AAO dispute
3. Dr Joshua Wachpress
4. biphosphonates
5. Digital Camera


Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 23:06:46 -0600
From: "Kevin Walde" <kwalde@SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Subject: AAO dispute

Dear ESCO members:

I have been involved in a dispute with the AAO since last November and I would like to solicit some thoughts on this matter (particularly from Larry Jarrold if he's monitoring).  I distribute a flyer when I do school talks and we also sometimes give it to new patients (see attached "School handout").  Someone gave this to the AAO's General Counsel.  I received a letter from him on November 16 regarding the line:  "The AAO does not advocate comprehensive orthodontic treatment at age 7."   The AAO's Counsel said that this was a false statement and I was instructed to "Please immediately cease and desist from any further use of this statement..."

We have been corresponding back and forth (cordially) since then and I won't bore you with all of the details.  Recently I discovered the exact same text in question, word for word, in an informational flyer sold by the AAO.  So obviously the statement is not false as originally claimed.  Of course I brought this to their attention.  So now the demand has changed.  Most recently I received an email with the following comments:

I don't think this will work.  The whole piece can be interpreted to basically say that the AAO has no basis on which to recommend an orthodontic evaluation by age seven.  For example, while you start the piece with the AAO's recommendation, the article goes on to basically say this is a rare or “most unlikely” instance.  Accordingly, I don't believe that it will be viewed favorably by AAO management or AAO leadership.  I think the best thing for you to do would be to express your own opinions on the issue, and remove all references to the AAO entirely.  It doesn't seem to me that referencing the AAO adds anything to your piece in any event.

Basically, they want me to remove all references to the AAO.  Now I am a dues paying member for 20+ years and I don't believe there is anything at all wrong with my flyer.  I would like any comments from the group.  Should I capitulate?  What are the ramifications if I do not?


Kevin C. Walde, DDS,MS
Washington, Missouri (Corn Cob Pipe Capital of the World)

Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2007 06:43:43 -0600
From: "Joe" <jsmileb@NETWURX.NET>
Subject: MEAW

"Re MEAW; What a wonderful thing it is for a patient to show up with a broken MEAW wire at a busy time of the day. A few years ago at the AAO annual meeting Korean residents were showing several table clinics on getting the same results using 18 x 25 NiTi curved wires with the upper as accentated curve and the lower as reverse curve. This works well and is MUCH less hassle. I always see the patient at short intervals to ensure thay are actually wearing the anterior elastics as needed, since if not; disaster. Had a patient who was going along well & then was hospitalized; elastics were impossible; yikes. Blair Adams, Ottawa" Dr. Adams, May I presume you are using the .018X.025 curved wires in a .022 slot system?  Does anyone have a recommendation for an .018 slot system?

Joe Brenner


Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2007 11:45:49 +0000
From: "Nasreddine Tsouria Belaid" <tsouria@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Dr Joshua Wachpress

I think that you could find the material you're searching to ellaborate a Nance intraorally(quick Nance);this type of resine photopolymerisable is distributed by ORMCO. Hope it helpes.

Dr N.Tsouria-Belaid


Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2007 08:19:15 -0500
From: "charles ruff" <orthodmd@MAC.COM>
Subject: biphosphonates

this issue may have already come up and, if so, I apologize for bringing it up again. I have an adult woman patient who is in her late 50s and was tx planned for IPR and tx of crowding. After I did the IPR and tried to move the teeth, I found out she was on Fosomax, a biphosphonate. She started this medication after I obtained a medical history. Her teeth do not seem to be moving at all or, at very best, very slowly, or should I say imperceptibly slowly. Is this what is to be expected with biphosphonate patients? No movement at all? How are people managing this situation in their practices ie I'm thinking about creating a handout that says in effect: "If you are planning on braces or are in braces, please do not start biphosphonate therapy until your orthodontic tx is complete."

charlie ruff


Date: Sun, 21 Jan 2007 17:29:50 +1000
From: "Brett Kerr" <brettkerr@IINET.NET.AU>
Subject: Re: Digital Camera

Hi Ekachai,

I know you sent this a long time ago, but I only recently needed to replace my trusty Nikon 990. After asking around, I settled on the Canon A630, and am happy with it. It took a bit of experimenting with settings, but the quality seems as good as I see from the SLRs, with much simpler handling - and a fraction of the cost!

Brett Kerr,
Brisbane, Australia