DYNAMICS OF CRANIOFACIAL STRUCTURE INVOLVING NEUROMUSCULAR DENTISTRY, SLEEP DISORDERED BREATHING & THE DNA APPLIANCE, PRESENTED BY DR. MARTHA CORTES
Dr. Martha Cortes is a graduate from the University of New York at Buffalo of Dental Medicine. She is a past president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry-New York Chapter, as well as a past international chair serving consecutive terms, and an accredited member since 1992.
She is a fellow of the International Academy of Facial-Dental Esthetics, the American Society for Laser and Surgery, the Las Vegas Institute and a fellow and master of the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics. She is also a member of the American Society of Dental Aesthetics and a diplomat of the American Board of Aesthetic Dentistry. In addition, Dr. Cortes is an international lecturer and published author.
Dr. Cortes is a certified DNA appliance instructor, focusing on mid-facial development, airway and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Cortes uses an holistic approach in all aspects of treatment. Utilizing bio-friendly materials, lasers, air abrasion and digital x-rays, while combining her expertise in lasers, esthetics, airway and neuromuscular dentistry, she created a unique, multi-discipline practice.
She is currently in private practice in New York City.
I had the distinct pleasure of hosting Dr. Cortes for a stimulating and most enlightening 90 minute session, which began with an audience poll to determine the attendees’ profession. Perhaps not surprisingly, owing to the topic, we seemed to skew a bit more toward physicians than usual.
Questions answered during the session included whether attendees thought it possible to expand the Maxilla after the age of twelve, and the extent to which beauty has an economic value in our society (the answer is yes: Yes. There have been studies showing that people with an attractive, symmetric smile are paid more. Perhaps unfair but true nonetheless).
Additional questions posed by the audience, and answered by Dr. Cortes included:
- What do kissing tonsils & extended uvula indicate to you about your patient?
- If a 15-year-old patient has impacted canine teeth, can they be erupted and positioned correctly without surgery?
- What does a diminished vertical dimension indicate about a patient?
The webcast addressed the bright promise of being able to treat children as well as adults with sleep apnea to actually functionally change their face, as well as their airway. This is extraordinary, and is why we were so grateful to have Dr. Cortes join us to present on this very important and highly relevant topic.
It was a truly enlightening, stimulating, and motivational presentation that showed great promise.