September 7 - 13, 2010
Quintero Orthodontics helps align teeth with excellence BY NANCY EAGLETON
Juan-Carlos Quintero, DDS, believes that excellent orthodontic treatment must begin with excellent diagnostics. At his South Miami practice, Quintero Orthodontics, 3D diagnosis is now the standard of care through the use of Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT). “As the philosopher once said, ‘to see is to know,’ and now that I ‘know,’ I could never go back to utilizing 2D x-rays,” Dr. Quintero said. “This technology will be the standard of care for all orthodontists and oral surgeons in the coming years. After all, there is no such thing as a 2D patient.” Dr. Quintero completed his master’s thesis on 3D imaging in orthodontics during his residency at the University of California at San Francisco 12 years ago, when the technology was just being developed. In February 2009, he began using 3D imaging at his solo practice and become one of the first orthodontic practices in South Florida to acquire a CBCT machine, known as an iCAT. Today, only one other practice in Miami utilizes this state of the art imaging. “Cone beam CT technology is very different from a medical CT because radiation levels on a CBCT are down to 1/100th of a med-
ical CT. This is even less than the radiation level of a full set of regular dental x-rays and is the equivalent amount of radiation to simply living for three to four days in a metropolitan area,” Dr. Quintero said. “In a 4.8-second scan, a cone beam CT shows all of the hard tissue structures, the anatomic parts that are important to an orthodontist. It also shows the soft tissue facial map, craniofacial bones, vertebrae, TMJs, teeth, roots, sinuses and airways.” So, what does this mean to the patient? “It’s the ultimate crystal ball,” Dr. Quintero said. “With this technology, we don’t take impressions and x-rays as we did in the past. These older formats actually don’t correlate to each other very well geometrically and leave questions unanswered when formulating treatment plans because we are not seeing that third dimension. With a 3D cone beam scan, the guesswork is all but eliminated, surprises are reduced and the patient treatment time can be shortened.” The interactive CBCT data and treatment plan are reviewed with the patient and family during a separate treatment consultation. “This conference is so important. An integrative approach to orthodontics is what we stress. We want to teach the patient and family about the science behind the treatment, as
Dr. Juan-Carlos Quintero –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– well as stress patient compliance,” Dr. Quintero said. “When patients are involved in their treatment, they make better patients. Our excitement is contagious and an educated patient is our best patient.” Dr. Quintero opened Quintero Orthodontics 11 years ago after taking over the practice of
Dr. Lindsey Pankey, who practiced in South Miami for 35 years. Dr. Quintero said that he follows Dr. Pankey’s philosophy of “know your patient.” “Each patient is a whole person, not just a set of teeth. We strive to learn about our patient and what’s important to them in seeking treatment,” Dr. Quintero said. “We learn about their overall attitude on health and esthetics, their health concerns, a bit about what’s going on in their lives, circumstances that may affect their ability to comply with treatment and so on.” Dr. Quintero received his dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh in (PA), degree in Orthodontics from the University of California at San Francisco and a Master of Science Degree in Oral Biology. He is the immediate past-president of the South Florida Academy of Orthodontists. He’s won numerous national research competitions, published over 14 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals, has also been featured on several television news shows, including the Discovery Channel, and lectures both nationally and internationally. Quintero Orthodontics is located at 5712 SW 77 Terr. in South Miami and the phone number is 305-666-4642. For more information, visit <www.quinteroorthodontics.com>.
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