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Philosophy of Care

I am a third generation orthodontist. Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that aims primarily to enhance appearance affecting psychosocial fitness and in a small subset of cases improve physical oral health as it is affected by congenital or acquired pathology. Orthodontic practice much like cosmetology exists to satisfy patients’ desire to become better than normal to whatever degree they wish.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Dr. Ackerman has provided clinical care to patients in full-time private practice in Bryn Mawr, PA from 2000-2007, taught at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University’s dental schools during the same period, taught full-time at Jacksonville University Department of Orthodontics from 2007-2010 ultimately serving as Chair in 2010 and then came to Boston Children’s Hospital at the end of 2010. He founded the American Teledentistry Association and currently serves as the Executive Director. The ATDA mission is to increase access to dental care through advocacy for and the implementation of innovative teledentistry guidelines and solutions. Dr. Ackerman authored the definitive position paper on teleorthodontics and speaks professionally and to the lay media as an expert on this topic.

Selected Publications

Research Investigations

  1. Ackerman, JL, Ackerman MB, Brensinger CM, Landis JR. A morphometric analysis of the posed smile. (1998) Clin Orth Res 1:2-11.
  2. Ackerman MB, Brensinger C, Landis JR. An evaluation of dynamic lip-tooth characteristics during speech and smiling in adolescents. (2004) Angle Orthod 74:43-50.
  3. McNamara LJ, McNamara JA Jr., Ackerman MB, Baccetti T. Hard and soft tissue contributions to the esthetics of the posed smile in growing children seeking orthodontic treatment. (2008) Am J Orthod Dentofac Orthop 133:491-9.
  4. Ackerman MB, Thornton B. Posttreatment compliance with removable maxillary retention in a teenage population: A short-term randomized clinical trial. (2011) Orthodontics (Chic.) 12(1):22-27.
  5. Sonis A, Ackerman M. E-space preservation. (2011) Angle Orthod 81:1045-9.
  6. Allareddy V**, Ackerman MB, Venugopalan SR, Yadav S, Nanda VS, Nanda R. Longitudinal trends in discharge patterns of orthognathic surgeries: Is there a regionalization of procedures in teaching hospitals? (2013) Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Oral Pathol Oral Radiol 115:583-8.
  7. Waldman HB, Ackerman MB, Perlman S. Ethics, changing populations, and the dental profession. (2015) Ethics & Behavior 25: 271-8.
  8. Waterhouse A, Leslie DC, Lightbown K, Antonoff D, Lightbown S, Dimitrakakis N, Hicks-Berthet J, Leslie C, Super M, Ingber D, Ackerman MB. Rapid Coating Process
  9. Generates Omniphobic Dentures in Minutes to Reduce C. albicans Biofouling. (2018) ACS Biomater Sci Eng doi:10.1021/acsbiomaterials.8b01214
  10. Ackerman MB. Teleorthodontic treatment with clear aligners: An analysis of outcome in treatment supervised by general practioners versus orthodontic specialists. (2019) J Dent Res Rep 2: 1-4.
  11. Munro M, Ackerman MB. The degree of overjet and anterior traumatic dental injury in the mixed dentition: A single-center experience. (2019) J Clin Pediatr Dent 43: 360-3.
  12. Ackerman MB. Teleorthodontic treatment with clear aligners: An analysis of outcome in treatment supervised by general practitioners versus orthodontic specialists. (2019)
  13. J Dent Res Rep 2: DOI: 10.15761/JDRR.1000114

Other Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Ackerman MB. The Full Coverage Restoration in Relation to the Gingival Sulcus. (1997) Compend Cont Educ Dent 18:1131-8; quiz 1142.
  2. Ackerman MB, Ackerman JL. Smile analysis and design in orthodontics: diagnosis and treatment planning in the digital Era. (2002) J Clin Orthod 36:221-236.
  3. Selected as a classic article in the 50th Anniversary issue of the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics. Kravitz, N. Commentary (2017) J Clin Orthod 51:602-605.
  4. Ackerman MB. The myth of janus: orthodontic history faces orthodontic progress. (2003) Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 123:594-6.
  5. Sarver DM, Ackerman MB*. Dynamic smile visualization and quantification. Part I: Evolution of the concept and dynamic records for smile capture. (2003) Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 124:4-12.
  6. Selected for the B.F. Dewel Award (2004) for the best clinical paper of the previous year by the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.
  7. Sarver DM, Ackerman MB*. Dynamic smile visualization and quantification. Part II: Smile analysis and design. (2003) Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 124:116-127. Selected for the B.F. Dewel Award (2004) for the best clinical paper of the previous year by the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.
  8. Ackerman MB. Evidence-based orthodontics for the 21st century. (2004) JADA 135:162-
  9. Ackerman MB. Orthodontics and its discontents. (2004) Orthod Craniofacial Res 7:187-
  10. Ackerman M. Evidenz-basiertz kieferorthopadie im 21. jahrhundert.(2004) Informationen aus Orthodontie und Kieferorthopadie 36:199-203.
  11. Ackerman MB. Gatekeepers of scholarship. (2005) Orthod Craniofacial Res 8:18-20.
  12. Ackerman MB. Obsequies for an opinion masquerading as fact. (2005) Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 127:531-2.
  13. Ackerman JL, Kean MR, Ackerman MB. Evidence-bolstered orthodontics. (2006) Aust Orthod J 22:69-70.
  14. Ackerman, MB. Orthodontics and its discontents. (2006) Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent 26:211-12.
  15. Ackerman MB, Rinchuse DR, Rinchuse DR. ABO certification in the age of evidence and enhancement. (2006) Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 130:133-40.
  16. Ackerman JL, Kean MR, Ackerman MB. Evidence-bolstered orthodontics. (2006) World J Orthod 7:413-4.
  17. Ackerman JL, Ackerman MB, Kean MR. A Philadelphia Fable: How Ideal Occlusion Became the Philosopher’s Stone of Orthodontics. (2006) Angle Orthod 77:192-4.
  18. Ackerman JL, Proffit WR, Sarver DM, Ackerman MB, Kean MR. Pitch, Roll, and Yaw: Describing the spatial orientation of dentofacial traits. (2007) Am J Orthod Dentofac Orthop 131:305-10.
  19. Rinchuse DJ, Rinchuse DJ, Kandasamy S, Ackerman MB. Deconstructing evidence in orthodontics: Making sense of systematic reviews, randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and meta-analyses. (2008) World J Orthod 9:167-176.
  20. Ackerman M, Rucker B, Wells A, Wilson J, Wittmann R. IT strategic audit plan. (2008) Journal of Technology Research [Internet]. 1:1-10. Available from: http://aabri.com/manuscripts/09163.pdf
  21. McNamara LJ, McNamara JA Jr., Ackerman MB, Baccetti T. Contribución de los tejidos duros y blandos a la estética de la sonrisa posada en pacientes en crecimiento que buscaban tratamiento orthodónticico. (2008) Ortodoncia 71:82-90.
  22. Ackerman MB, McRae MS, Longley WH. Microsensor technology to help monitor removable appliance wear. (2009) Am J Orthod Dentofac Orthop 135:549-51.
  23. Ackerman MB. Selling orthodontic need: Innocent business decision or guilty pleasure? (2010) J Med Ethics 36:275-78.
  24. Ackerman MB. Technology and the art and practice of dentofacial enhancement. (2011) Orthodontics (Chic.) 12: 89-90.
  25. Ackerman MB. The human capital crisis in orthodontics.(2012) J Am Coll Dent 79: 21-3.
  26. Ackerman MB. Technology, evidence and the future of Special Care in Dentistry. (2013) Spec Care Dentist 33: 1.
  27. Ackerman MB. First impressions: How to “Wow” students into special care dentists.(2013) Spec Care Dentist 33: 47.
  28. Ackerman MB. People with intellectual disabilities must be designated a medically underserved population. (2013) Spec Care Dentist 33: 207-208.
  29. Ackerman MB. Dentistry at crossroads: The access to care crisis for patients with special needs. (2013) Spec Care Dentist 33: 261.
  30. Ackerman MB. Calling all special care dentists: scientific article and case reports wanted! (2014) Spec Care Dentist 34: 55.
  31. Ackerman MB. What is the difference between health and disability? (2014) Spec Care Dentist 34: 105.
  32. Ackerman MB, Waldman HB, Perlman S. Indebted to the bank or the profession? New doctor debt and its effect on access to care. (2014) Spec Care Dentist 34: 161-3.
  33. Waldman HB, Ackerman MB, Perlman S. Increasing use of dental services by children, but many are unable to secure needed care. (2014) J Clin Pediatr Dent 39: 9-11.
  34. Ackerman MB. Specialist envy: Is special care dentistry a dental specialty or a dental special interest group? (2016) Spec Care Dentist 36: 3-6.
  35. Ackerman MB, Burris BG. The way it was, the way it ought to be, the way it is, and the way it will be. (2017) Am J Orthod Dentofac Orthop 153. Issue 2 in press for February 2018.
  36. Ackerman MB. Reimagining clinical practice: Teleorthodontic technology and its impact on workflow, workforce and access to care. (2018) J Am Coll Dent 85:26-29.

Books

  1. Ackerman MB. Enhancement Orthodontics: Theory and Practice. Ames, IA, 2007, Blackwell Publishing.

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Disruptive Innovations. J Am Dent Assoc. 2020 11; 151(11):808-809. View abstract
  2. Rapid Coating Process Generates Omniphobic Dentures in Minutes to Reduce C. albicans Biofouling. ACS Biomater Sci Eng. 2019 Feb 11; 5(2):420-424. View abstract
  3. Leadership in a time of disruption. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2017 03; 151(3):429-430. View abstract
  4. Do what I say and not what you do. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2016 11; 150(5):725-726. View abstract
  5. Specialist envy: Is special care dentistry a dental specialty or a dental special interest group? Spec Care Dentist. 2016 Jan; 36(1):3-6. View abstract
  6. Analog to digital: special care in dentistry 2015. Spec Care Dentist. 2014 Nov; 34(6):259. View abstract
  7. Indebted to the bank or the profession? New doctor debt and its effect on access to care. Spec Care Dentist. 2014 Jul-Aug; 34(4):161-3. View abstract
  8. What is the difference between health and disability? Spec Care Dentist. 2014 May-Jun; 34(3):105. View abstract
  9. Why perform a literature review? Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2014 May; 145(5):549. View abstract
  10. Dentistry at crossroads: the access to care crisis for patients with special needs. Spec Care Dentist. 2013 Nov-Dec; 33(6):261. View abstract
  11. Six keys for making orthodontics a sustainable dental specialty. Angle Orthod. 2013 Nov; 83(6):1102-3. View abstract
  12. People with intellectual disabilities must be designated a medically underserved population. Spec Care Dentist. 2013 Sep-Oct; 33(5):207-8. View abstract
  13. First impressions: how to "wow" students into special care dentists. Spec Care Dentist. 2013 Mar-Apr; 33(2):47. View abstract
  14. Technology, evidence and the future of Special Care in Dentistry. Spec Care Dentist. 2013 Jan-Feb; 33(1):1. View abstract
  15. Longitudinal trends in discharge patterns of orthognathic surgeries: is there a regionalization of procedures in teaching hospitals? Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol. 2013 May; 115(5):583-8. View abstract
  16. The human capital crisis in orthodontics. J Am Coll Dent. 2012; 79(1):21-3. View abstract
  17. E-space preservation. Angle Orthod. 2011 Nov; 81(6):1045-9. View abstract
  18. Clinical research for the good of the specialty: bravo! Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2011 Feb; 139(2):149. View abstract
  19. Technology and the art and practice of orthodontics. Orthodontics (Chic.). 2011; 12(2):89-90. View abstract
  20. Posttreatment compliance with removable maxillary retention in a teenage population: a short-term randomized clinical trial. Orthodontics (Chic.). 2011; 12(1):22-7. View abstract
  21. Selling orthodontic need: innocent business decision or guilty pleasure? J Med Ethics. 2010 May; 36(5):275-8. View abstract
  22. Microsensor technology to help monitor removable appliance wear. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2009 Apr; 135(4):549-51. View abstract
  23. Hard- and soft-tissue contributions to the esthetics of the posed smile in growing patients seeking orthodontic treatment. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2008 Apr; 133(4):491-9. View abstract
  24. Deconstructing evidence in orthodontics: making sense of systematic reviews, randomized clinical trials, and meta-analyses. World J Orthod. 2008; 9(2):167-76. View abstract
  25. A Philadelphia fable: how ideal occlusion became the philosopher's stone of orthodontics. Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. 2007 Oct; 27(5):409-10. View abstract
  26. Pitch, roll, and yaw: describing the spatial orientation of dentofacial traits. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2007 Mar; 131(3):305-10. View abstract
  27. A Philadelphia fable: how ideal occlusion became the philosopher's stone of orthodontics. Angle Orthod. 2007 Jan; 77(1):192-4. View abstract
  28. ABO certification in the age of evidence and enhancement. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2006 Aug; 130(2):133-40. View abstract
  29. Orthodontics and its discontents. Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. 2006 Jun; 26(3):211-2. View abstract
  30. Evidence-bolstered orthodontics. Aust Orthod J. 2006 May; 22(1):69-70. View abstract
  31. Evidence-bolstered orthodontics. World J Orthod. 2006; 7(4):413-4. View abstract
  32. Obsequies for an opinion masquerading as fact. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2005 May; 127(5):531-2. View abstract
  33. Buccal smile corridors. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2005 May; 127(5):528-9; author reply 529. View abstract
  34. Gatekeepers of scholarship. Orthod Craniofac Res. 2005 Feb; 8(1):18-20. View abstract
  35. Orthodontics and its discontents. Orthod Craniofac Res. 2004 Nov; 7(4):187-8. View abstract
  36. Orthodontics in the age of enhancement. Aust Orthod J. 2004 Nov; 20(2):3A-5A. View abstract
  37. The apically repositioned flap and unerupted teeth. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2004 Jun; 125(6):17A; author reply 17A-18A; discussion 18A. View abstract
  38. An evaluation of dynamic lip-tooth characteristics during speech and smile in adolescents. Angle Orthod. 2004 Feb; 74(1):43-50. View abstract
  39. Evidence-based orthodontics for the 21st century. J Am Dent Assoc. 2004 Feb; 135(2):162-7; quiz 227-8. View abstract
  40. Dynamic smile visualization and quantification: Part 2. Smile analysis and treatment strategies. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2003 Aug; 124(2):116-27. View abstract
  41. Dynamic smile visualization and quantification: part 1. Evolution of the concept and dynamic records for smile capture. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2003 Jul; 124(1):4-12. View abstract
  42. The myth of Janus: Orthodontic progress faces orthodontic history. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2003 Jun; 123(6):594-6. View abstract
  43. Smile analysis and design in the digital era. J Clin Orthod. 2002 Apr; 36(4):221-36. View abstract
  44. A morphometric analysis of the posed smile. Clin Orthod Res. 1998 Aug; 1(1):2-11. View abstract
  45. The full coverage restoration in relation to the gingival sulcus. Compend Contin Educ Dent. 1997 Nov; 18(11):1131-8, 1140; quiz 1142. View abstract