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The Art and Practice of Dentofacial Enhancement

Formerly World Journal of Orthodontics

Edited by
Rafi Romano, DMD, MSc (Editor-in-Chief)

ISSN 2160-2999 (print) / ISSN 2160-3006 (online)

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Spring 2002
Volume 3 , Issue 1

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Case Reports:Achievable Optimum

James Vaden, DDS, MS

Editor’s Note: These fine case reports illustrate well that normalcy represents a range, not arbitrary, precise predetermined goals. Not all patients look like Venus or Apollo when finished, nor should they, as Edmund Wuerpel told Edward H. Angle so many years ago. Clearly, not all patients fit into the same mold, with our heterogeneous society and multiple ethnic types. James Vaden is a world-class orthodontist, past American Board of Orthodontics Director and President, Professor and head of a major orthodontic department, lecturer, and author. The question What price orthodontics? needs to be asked by both the patient and the orthodontist. If we need to categorize this approach, the words, achievable optimum rather than compromise should describe our treatment results.—T.M. Graber

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