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A Tale of Two Hygienists Podcast

Feb 1, 2019

Our guest this episode is William Hang, DDS, MSD. Both an orthodontist with Face Focused Orthodontics and lecturer on orthodontics and orthotropics, William has completely rethought his approach to working with patients in order to maximize their airway health and reduce craniofacial discomfort.


In this episode, Dr. Hang discusses how orthodontists can better diagnose facial pain in their patients and why there should be a push to extend jaws forward, and how hygienists can have a role in the discovery and referral processes.


Interview begins: 3:14

- William lays out his history in the orthodontics field and why he’s pursued CE.

- Impressing how orthodontics—jaw placement in particular—can affect the airway.

- Why waiting until adolescence for braces may not have as impactful a long-term effect as we think it does.

- The reason developing the face forward, rather than retracting, is key to clear and healthy airways.”

- William’s technique for expanding anterior/posterior.

- How sticking to arbitrary standards of beauty and appearance can have a negative effect on orthodontics.

- Signs to look for in a patient’s face and posture to see if they’re in pain.

- What you can expect from William’s upcoming Las Vegas seminar on March 22nd and 23rd.


“Sleep and poor breathing are just the flip side of the TMJ pain coin.”

“Putting braces on a teenager is pretty much nothing more than rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.”

“I happen to believe that dentistry is literally at the center of health care.”

“Everyone says ‘expand, expand, expand,’ but the reality is that’s not where the progress is gonna be made.”

“Why have we made these artificial limitations to what we do just because we’re dentists?”


Thank you to Paradise Dental Technologies aka PDT for providing sponsorship for this episodes CE credits!

THIS EPISODE COUNTS FOR CE! - but read the disclaimer below as it might not count for your state.

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