Treatment Without Bone Screws

Question: I went to an orthodontist who labeled himself as “premier.” He put screws in my 8-year-old son’s bone to help make room for his teeth, but I had them removed since my son could not tolerate the pain. Now, you are treating my son without bone screws. Why did my son need this to … Continued

Cleft Lip and Palate

Question: My daughter has a cleft lip (CL) and cleft palate (CP). I was told by her team of doctors in Albuquerque to take her to you because your method of treatment eliminates the need for major upper jaw surgery. Is this true? Answer: Yes, I have been able to eliminate the need for a … Continued

Extraordinary Results

Question: I saw on your practice Facebook page some nice before and after results of orthodontic patients. I see your practice features a new patient every week. I researched other orthodontists in the area and did not see any before and after results. Why don’t others post these images? Answer: While I cannot speak for … Continued

Fruit Juice Facts

Question: My mother-in-law takes care of my 9-month old son during the day and gives him fruit juice to drink. I told her juice is not good for him. Am I right? Answer: Yes, the American Dental Association (ADA) reports that although fruit juices have some benefits, they also have potential harmful effects as well. … Continued

Results from Dr. Herman

Question: I’ve noticed most of your advertising activities are about patient results. Why? Answer: For most new patients, the prospect of looking better is what motivates him or her to seek orthodontic treatment. I publish actual results of my patients to show the public how the smiles that I achieve differ from smiles of other … Continued

Your Questions Answered

Question: What information can I get if I call your office? Answer: Our office is unique in the fact that my staff is prepared to answer any of your questions via phone Monday through Friday, 8:45 am until 6:15 pm. You can also utilize my 24/7 chat line on my website or Facebook page. My … Continued

Same Day Braces

Question: I heard access to your practice is easy for new patients and that I can get an exam and leave with braces all within about 2 hours. I know you have a popular office. How do you do it? Answer: My office is known for having enough staff to handle the demand to treat … Continued


Question: I had a second consult with you and you discussed smile arc protection (SAP) and vertical incisal position (VIP). Now that I know the difference, why don’t other orthodontists treat SAP or VIP? Answer: Orthodontists using the High Tech H-4 system of braces are taught to treat all patients using SAP and VIP. I … Continued

Medicaid Dental Care

Question: I read the expansion of Medicaid has resulted in more children receiving routine dental care. Has this access to care improved the dental health in this previously underserved population group? Answer: Yes and no. A recent national study found the cavity rate in children ages 2-8 has been significantly reduced; as has the number … Continued

Is Root Loss Normal?

Question: I had orthodontic treatment before and was notified that I had some root loss. Is this normal to have after treatment? Answer: Root loss from orthodontic treatment is not normal, but it is a risk factor. Many studies show that about 1-3% of treated patients may exhibit some amount of significant root loss. The … Continued