The Disappearance of Excellence: One Orthodontist’s Opinion.

A Guest Blog Post by Prof. Arnold J. Malerman  DDS;  Clinical Professor of Orthodontics at the University of Pennsylvania.


“The difference between a good Orthodontist and a great Orthodontist is attention to detail.” ~ Brainerd F. Swain, DDS

Today marks the start of an interesting series of Guest Blog Posts by prominent figures and authorities in the orthodontic community from around the world, who have graciously agreed to share their personal viewpoints regarding some important issues related to the orthodontic profession, here on The Orthodontic Notefile. The aim of these guest blog posts is to raise awareness and start a wider discussion of varying points of view regarding many debatable issues facing the orthodontic profession today, therefore your participation in the discussion in the comments section below is highly encouraged and welcome.

In the first of these guest posts, Professor Arnold J. Malerman; Clinical Professor of Orthodontics at the University of Pennsylvania, shares with us his personal opinion regarding what he believes to be three major issues facing orthodontists in the 21st century.

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To Master or Not to Master?.. That is the Dilemma!

In this post, I would like to share my brief opinion regarding what I view as the dilemma of choice between true mastery versus the trend of relentless adoption of new technologies in Orthodontics and Dentistry in general.

“Plowing through complexities without first mastering the basics is a trap even the most intelligent can fall into. “

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The Key..

“The shortest distance between a human being and truth is a story.” ~ Anthony de Mello

Almost 10 years ago, at the World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO) meeting in Paris, France, I attended a full day course by the late & great Dr. Vince Kokich. It was one of the most memorable courses I have ever had the pleasure of attending in my professional career to date. A very engaging and knowledgeable speaker, Dr. Kokich thrilled us with his brilliant Continue reading “The Key..”

In the Beginning…

In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind, there are few.  ~ Shunryu Suzuki

I have finally decided to start this orthodontic blog after much thought and deliberation.

My aim is to simply share personal notes regarding the art and science of Orthodontics, as well as to express personal thoughts regarding the profession and its practices and trends, as it stands today, and as it develops into the foreseeable future.

However, I strongly wish to point out that the views and opinions expressed here-within are not to be considered, by any means, as “truths” or “facts” – unless supported by evidence. This blog is merely my medium of expression and sharing of these thoughts which may or may not have consensus in the orthodontic or clinical community. However, I feel that getting them out in the open would help create a healthy debate and conversation that would improve on current ideas, and hopefully, aid in solving problems that our beloved profession has been facing, or may face in the future.

As such, all feedback and constructive criticism is welcome, and healthy, respectful debates are always encouraged, so that we may participate in actively advancing our profession and contribute to its – hopefully – brighter and brighter future.

Shadi S. Samawi

BDS, MMedSci(Orth), MOrthRCSED.

August, 2014

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