Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists Bulletin Summer 2012 - (Page 19)

Practitioner’s Practitioner’s Corner Corner S E A S O NE D S E A S O NE D T Dr. Terry McDonald Interviews Dr. Dan Yaillen Dr. Yaillen Dr. McDonald he interviewee selected for this month’s issue of the Bulletin is Dr. Dan Yaillen of Portland, Oregon. Dr. Yaillen is a highly respected member of the Portland orthodontic community earning that respect as both a long-time private practitioner and assistant professor of orthodontics at the University of Oregon School of Dentistry. He was chosen as representative of those who may have never been in the orthodontic “limelight,” but instead became known entities in the profession for other reasons. In the case of Dr. Yaillen it was because of his small office, low-key demeanor, excellent clinical results and his dedication to sharing his knowledge with over 200 orthodontic residents during the past 32 years. He might be considered to represent the silent majority of “seasoned practitioners” who love and cherish their chosen profession and are having a little difficulty understanding the present day direction of that profession. Dr. Yaillen earned a BS degree in general science from Oregon State University in 1973, obtained his dental degree from the University of Oregon with honors in 1977 and was granted an MSD in orthodontics in 1979 from the University of Washington. Dr. Yaillen is a Diplomate of the American Board Orthodontics, a member of the Edward H. Angle Society, has published in both the AJODO and the Angle Journal and has been on the faculty at Oregon Health Sciences University in the Department of Orthodontics since 1980. DR. TERRY MCDONALD: Dr. Yaillen, what are some of the major changes that you have seen in orthodontics during your career? DR. DAN YAILLEN: It sometimes is hard to believe, but I have D now been practicing orthodontics through five decades, having graduated from the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Washington in the late 1970s. Time flies, and I think it must be some corollary of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity that the older you get, the faster time goes by. I tell the residents at the University of Oregon to be careful after they graduate, because before they realize it, they’ll turn around and they will have been in practice 10 years. Many things have changed in orthodontics, but many things— perhaps most—have not changed. The same controversies exist around non-extraction vs extraction treatment, and bring to the surface the question of evidencebased treatment. One would think that, as an orthodontic specialty with over a hundred years of refereed scientific articles on orthodontic treatment, we might be able to reach agreement on the correct treatment for an individual patient? The problem may be that our profession is based on science, but it is ruled by art, and human individuality and variation add complexity. People are basically physically the same as they have always been, with the same biology, and teeth move the same way they always have. Have new appliances or mechanical or technological changes transformed orthodontics? Other than implants, there are only minor changes. When I was an orthodontic resident in the late 1970s, computers filled up entire rooms in the computer science buildings at universities. You could send off initial patient records to a company to get growth predictions and treatment recommendations based on computer calculations. Our class of residents was amused to compare those treatment predictions SuMMeR 2012 • PCSO Bulletin 19

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists Bulletin Summer 2012

President's Message
Executive Director's Letter
PCSO Business
AAOF Report
PCSO at a Glance
Practice Management Diary
Faculty Files
Correction to Faculty Files article, Spring 2012
Seasoned Practicioner's Corner
Case Report Pre-Treatment
Portrait of a Professional
From Good to Great in a Tough Economy
Three-Dimensional Volumetric Imaging: An Emerging Diagnostic Tool
Destination Success
Case Report Post-Treatment
Earl's Pearls

Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists Bulletin Summer 2012