diy braces

Do-it-yourself dental care is often touted as a simple fix: Straighten your own teeth without seeing an orthodontist, and save money. But something as simple as placing a small rubber band around teeth to correct imperfections can carry real consequences.

The American Association of Orthodontists is now reporting a 13 percent spike in patients’ trying DIY braces. The organization recently released a public service announcement warning about the dangers, stating “Do-it-yourself treatments can cause lasting damage.”

“It’s a very dangerous procedure if left unsupervised,” said Chung H. Kau, Ph.D., chair and professor of orthodontics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. “It’s not just about straightening teeth; it’s about function, how you bite and how you put your teeth together, and also the disease pattern in your teeth.”
Read more in the UAB News.

by Adam Pope

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UAB Dentistry deeply appreciates the support of its activities and initiatives provided by alumni and friends during this past year. It is a pleasure and a privilege to recognize supporters whose generosity continues to be of vital importance to the school in achieving its mission.

The attached individuals, corporations, and foundations made gifts or in-kind contributions to the School during the 2016 fiscal year (October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016). This listing is for actual dollars received and active pledged gifts; thus, it does not include gifts made to the Alabama Dental Alumni Association. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this listing.

The School of Dentistry will kick off UAB Staff Appreciation Week by hosting a lunch program, How superwomen (and men) do it!  Dean Mike Reddy will give a brief presentation based on Laura Vanderkam’s bestselling book, “I Know How She Does It.” The program is open to all UAB staff members, who are invited to come meet their colleagues from across the campus and enjoy the lunchtime festivities. Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis.
When: Monday, April 24, 2017, 12:00 noon
Where: Greer Lounge, SDB 639

Dr. Reddy 4.7.17The Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama named Michael S. Reddy, DMD, DMSc, first holder of The University of Alabama School of Dentistry Alumni Association Endowed Professorship.

Reddy, who joined UAB in 1989, attended the Harvard University School of Dental Medicine where he earned his DMD degree, Certificate of Periodontology, and Doctorate of Medical Sciences Degree in Oral Biology. At UAB, he has served as Assistant Dean for Planning and Clinical Activity and Chair of the Department of Periodontology. In 2011, he was named Interim Dean of the UAB School of Dentistry and in March of 2012 was named the eighth Dean.

Reddy is an internationally recognized master clinician in the area of periodontal therapy and dental implants and a senior scientist in multiple UAB research centers including the Center for Metabolic Bone Disease and the Center for Aging. His research has focused on interrelationships between oral infections and overall health and regenerative medicine approaches in the oral cavity. He is recipient of numerous awards including the William J. Gies Award in Periodontology given by the American Dental Education Association. Reddy is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy International Honorary Dental Organization. Under his leadership, the School has become a nationally recognized leader in NIH funded research, clinical dentistry and progressive education.

Reddy accepting award

"Students past and present are what we are all about," said Reddy.  "A proud alumnus-by-choice member, it is my distinct honor to be named first holder of our alumni association endowed professorship. The endowment exemplifies the great achievements of our alumni through their association; it is their way of passing the torch of knowledge to our alumni-in-training. This profession and our great team are shining examples of how important dedicated alumni and, of course, students are to the university and the school. This honor really goes to our team for all they have done and continue to do."

The University of Alabama School of Dentistry Alumni Association Endowed Professorship honors the service, commitment, and exceptional contributions of the alumni association to the School. It acknowledges contributions that are of significant and enduring value to the advancement of the field of dentistry locally, nationally, and internationally.