Dr Lee W. Graber received his dental education at the University of Michigan, his orthodontic specialty education at Northwestern University and his Master’s Degree in Anatomy and Ph.D. in Human Growth and Development at the University of Michigan. He has held academic positions in research and teaching at Loyola University of Chicago, Northwestern University and the University of Michigan. His broad basic science and clinical research interests have ranged from craniofacial growth guidance to the psycho-social aspects of malocclusion and facial form. Dr. Graber has authored and/or edited multiple publications and has served on numerous editorial boards but is best known as the co-editor of Orthodontics: Current Principles and Techniques along with Drs. Robert L. Vanarsdall, Katherine W.L. Vig and Greg J. Huang. The textbook, now in its 8th iteration, was originally authored by Dr. Graber’s father, Dr. Tom M. Graber.
A clinician at heart, Dr. Graber has shared practice with his father, as well in earlier years with Drs. Robert Moyers and James A. McNamara. Currently he is in active orthodontic group practice with his daughter, Dr. Katie Graber and Dr. Kelley Gyllenhaal.
Dr. Graber has been a volunteer leader in organized dental associations for over 35 years. He is the past president of the World Federation of Orthodontists, the past president of the American Association of Orthodontists and is an honorary member of the British Orthodontic Society, the French Orthodontic Society, the Japanese Orthodontic Society and the Taiwan Orthodontic Association. Among other awards, he is the recipient of the Albert H. Ketcham Memorial award, the highest recognition from the American Board of Orthodontics.
This presentation will approach the following sub-topics:
- Where has orthodontics been?
- Where is orthodontic treatment today?
- Where is orthodontic treatment going?
- How can you help to shape the future of orthodontic treatment?
Within the first three topics we will explore both the scientific and changing social factors that have helped and will continue to form our approach to patient treatment. The brief history of the background for current orthodontics will focus on the development of orthodontic concepts and appliances. The discussion of today’s orthodontic status will review the use of technology to assist clinicians in the provision of care. Looking to the future, we will discuss the integration of “artificial intelligence” and how this is likely to alter the way orthodontists provide treatment. References from the dental and medical literature as well as the social sciences will be used to support a proposed concept of the direction orthodontic treatment is likely to take and also the social framework in which it will be practised. Finally we will discuss some proactive means by which the future of orthodontic patient care may be positively influenced.