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EDITOR’S NOTE Wow! A great deal has happened in the orthodontic community in 2017. This industry needed some upheaval and I have enjoyed watching the progression of players on the orthodontic stage over the course of 2017. Since earlier this year when the 2000 member Ortho101 Facebook group was disbanded, it’s been fascinating to watch the multitude of groups and communities that have arisen online and to see what they collectively focus on. Each and every group has its own leadership and unique personality and it doesn’t take long to recognize what that is. Some groups weep for the good ole days and rage against change. Some groups focus on

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showing the most impacted canines and sharing where to get the cheapest pens with your name on them from China. Some groups discuss parenting, food preparation and what to wear to work. Some groups discuss whatever comes to mind… And all of it is good for orthodontics. No matter where you stand or what you believe, it’s great to be connected with other, like minded orthodontists who can help you navigate the uncharted territory that lies ahead. Of course, I have my opinions as to the best way to do so but doesn’t everyone? Time will tell which is the best path and I suspect that more than one will lead to success.

The other great part about all these online communities is that everything that is said or done is recorded for posterity. Won’t it be fun to go back in time through the old posts in a couple years to see who said what and when? To see what was popular and what was reviled? I can’t wait! What is outrageous and offensive now will be common place in two years - just as what is normal now was unthinkable just a few years ago. We orthodontists tend to think of ourselves as static and unchanging. We tend to believe that the beliefs we have now are the same ones we have always had and to think otherwise is to admit we were wrong. The truth is that we all tend to shift and slide to adapt

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Q4 2017