Episode 214 – Our Favorite Things: 2023 Edition
“Botox isn’t rocket science.” ~Dr. Chad Johnson
Welcome to a special holiday edition of Everyday Practices Podcast in which co-hosts Regan Robertson and Dr. Chad Johnson talk about Dr. Chad’s favorite things (kinda like Oprah does) – but in the world of dentistry! Get ready for a whirlwind tour of some of the latest and greatest dental services, products and technology that have Dr. Chad excited. From 3D printing to his favorite toothbrush, come hear this quick and fun episode that’s guaranteed to add a few items to your wishlist this year.
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Dr. Chad Johnson 0:47
Botox isn’t rocket science, but especially once you’re comfortable with knowing that you know where you’re placing it, you know, and stuff like that. Same thing with anesthetic. It’s hard and it’s easy, right? It’s like it’s not rocket science. It’s like, okay, but we wouldn’t let anyone do it but once you know how to do it, and you know how, like, where you’re placing and stuff like that, you know, after let’s say five years of dentistry and stuff like that, it’s like that it’s a breeze.
Welcome to the Everyday Practices Podcast. I’m Regan Robertson, and my co-host, Dr. Chad Johnson and I are on a mission to share the stories of everyday dentists who generate extraordinary results using practical, proven methods you can take right into your own dental practice. If you’re ready to elevate patient care and produce results that are anything but ordinary, buckle up and listen in.
Welcome to Everyday Practices. I am your host, Regan Robertson here with the delectable, the delightful, slightly dubious or devious? No, not at all. He’s fantastic. Dr. Chad Johnson. Hello, Chad. Well, hello,
Dr. Chad Johnson 1:58
Thank you. How are you doing today?
I am I’m hanging in there today. I’m hanging in there.
Dr. Chad Johnson 2:04
Youhave some stuff going on. But you know, yeah,
Yeah, I’ve got I’ve got some life going on right now, which is you know what we all have life going on. But usually I see holiday excited. And I’m always upbeat, and I’m still upbeat, but you know, life is kind of it’s a sunnier day will come around. I’ll say that. Yeah, Part of my reason though, for sunniness is I’m here with you, and it’s December. Help it happy December 1, two.
Dr. Chad Johnson 2:31
Yes, you get a December and you get a December. That’s my illusion to what we’re going to be talking about today. My Favorite Things?
Yes, I thought it would be the best, don’t you think it would be the best to share Chad’s favorite dental things, favorite dental things. One of the compliments I hear about you often Chad from colleagues around is is your delightful personality and what’s even more powerful than that is your clinical proficiency. And so I thought, oh, let’s talk about all of the services and things that you love. I love Christmas favorite thing style, so why not? Yeah, up first on the first day of Christmas Chad Johnson gave to me.
Dr. Chad Johnson 3:18
So my first on the list isn’t new, but a 3d printer I have a Form Labs brand form three and my first one is a 3d printer. Why? I love getting surgical guides printed out I love getting wax ups that are digitally mocked up, printed out and being able to use those as templates even for composite sometimes one of my favorite composites for anterior aesthetics which will be my second one is yeah, we just have to jump into it because I but omega, SLI Omega. And it’s a lot of people use the S delight. Composites but the SLI Omega is done by Newton falls out of Brazil. He is a University of Iowa graduate degree of through the operative department. And so you’ve maybe in the AACD heard of Newton fall, he’s one of my idols, great guy and he helped develop through tokuyama company, the SLI Omega anterior composites which is a chromatic in that it doesn’t like it kind of blends with the colors you’ve heard this before but this one really is it has an A one A B one and A two and A three a translucent and a have a couple bleach shades, but they have dental shades and enamel shades. Of course not with the translucent and you know some of the bleach stuff, but there’s let’s say dental a one and enamel a one so you get it put in a dental layer where there’s dentin and then an enamel layer where there’s enamel and that helps so At the tone for the color, I absolutely love my Escalade omega for anterior composites boom, first one second one so
The lay person completely and mentally educated. No, they have no idea is that what gives the is that what gives that? Well I’m asking for my depth to it and the sheen to it like I just saw some before and afters of Dr. Wade heifers Yes. rehabs that he did oh my gosh. And I couldn’t I I could not tell I mean they looked so so so real and and Victoria Peterson she was talking about the the loot luminous, it was luminous. It was this that was that and I was like, “I don’t know what this means other than I mean, it’s just the most exquisite art.” So is that what does that contribute to that?
Dr. Chad Johnson 5:45
It contributes, there are a few things, you know, even polish is going to matter what you put internal. So like, you can have tinters and opaque errs that you put into there. So, opacity and translucency. You know, that matters. There’s hue, value, and Chroma are the three things that make up you know, the the thing to Yeah, which I knew you’d really like but yeah, so hue is the intensity of the color. And one way to explain it is if you had some Kool-Aid, that was red, and you added in water, and you diluted it, and it’s still that same red, but it’s more dilute or if you had a concentrate, so like whether it’s a concentrated red, or a diluted red, it’s actually the same red, but that has to do with the hue of it, the value is the white to black, you know, cut, you know, on the scale with kind of grayish in the middle. So you can have the same color but if you add more white to it, it’s technically the same color, if you had blue paint, and you added white, it’s still blue, when we define them as different colors, but it’s actually the same color, you know, they put in the same amount of blue, they just added more whites and this is what’s interesting about painting and everything like that is you can, you know, get used to you know, color mixing and stuff like that, for example, in college. You know, in dental school, when I got into painting, just for fun to you know, experience mixing colors, I was shocked on when I started to paint grass, how yellow grass is you can’t just take take forest green, and just put a little yellow in, it’s actually a ton of yellow with a dot of green. And so like grass is really yellow. But you wouldn’t know that because it looks green to us, and we call it green. So there’s Hue value, and then Chroma and the you know, I think I got the chroma mixed up the hue is the color the the Chroma is the intensity of it like Kool-Aid, and then the value is the black to white, you know, like adding white in
shade or tint the shade.
Dr. Chad Johnson 7:49
So, there’s different stuff, but you know, so Denton is, of your natural tooth has less translucency and so if you design the whole filling to be one blob of one translucency, then it’s not mimicking nature. And so you have to put Denton where Denton is and then enamel where enamel is and that helps create it, then you can put other stuff in there, you know, to whether it’s on the surface or inside to make it look like that all those things coalesce to become what makes it fake to look like a tooth.
Since you get to control this Dee Dee, do you practice like do you practice on the weekends? How do you do? How do you?
Dr. Chad Johnson 8:28
Well you do practice but like, occasionally, you know, rarely so like, I suppose the practice of dentistry also implies that while we’re doing each case we’re practically FERS but but when we go to conferences that are hands on like AACD, which I love. Yeah. Then they have hands on componentry to it.
Are you going to ACD in 2024?
Dr. Chad Johnson 8:52
I have it on my calendar. It’s in DC.
We will be there.
Dr. Chad Johnson 8:56
Are you really?
Dr. Chad Johnson 9:00
Then maybe I’m going to all the more Yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah, it’s in it’s in the harbor, whatever in National Harbor, you know, across the river on in DC area. And I’ve got it marked off in in April ish or whatever to go to it. So it’s on it’s on my radar.
Okay, so I’m gonna, I’m gonna keep us moving forward. Here. We got a 3d printer which you already have a 3d printer. You just want a different 3d printer?
Dr. Chad Johnson 9:27
No. These are my favorite things to recommend that people get perfect. Okay, so this isn’t my wish list.
This is your favorite things. Yep. 3d printer and then number two was Prestolite
Dr. Chad Johnson 9:38
Dr. Chad Johnson 9:45
By Tokuyama Yeah, number three, which I really want to visit their factory in Japan. So number three, yeah, right. Number three.
This is bringing the nerdiness that Edwin did.
Dr. Chad Johnson 9:58
So here we go. Number 3d Botox done, people have heard this around for 20 years but if you’re not doing it go to a course like AFE, American Academy of Facial Aesthetics and they have a lot of online coursework that you have to do before you do the hands on componentry but it’s so good talking about the anatomy talking about mixing it and Botox isn’t rocket science, but especially once you’re comfortable with knowing that you know, where you’re placing it, you know, and stuff like that is same thing with anesthetic. It’s hard and it’s easy, right? It’s like, it’s not rocket science, it’s like, okay, but we wouldn’t let anyone do it but once you know how to do it, and you know, how, like, where you’re placing and stuff like that, you know, after let’s say five years of dentistry and stuff like that, it’s like, ah, it’s a breeze. So Botox, go get a botox course done. So that way you can help patients in two regards number one with facial pain and, and then also with with aesthetics, so, there you go.
Okay. Number four?
Dr. Chad Johnson 10:58
PRP facials, and PRP, dermal filler injections, so that kind of stuff. I’ve done Dr. Guard’s coursework for that and, and so there are, you know, different courses out there that are, you know, trying to get people dentists exposed to placing dermal fillers and, but you can use PRP instead of Juvederm for your dermal fillers and then you can also use the PRP liquid form to basically topically apply it to the skin and then do microdermabrasion with a roller and embed those that liquid PRP or PRF depending on you know, how you want to verbalize it, but for all the purposes that are the same thing, people say that they’re different when the truth is, they’re not that much different unless the person really, really demands that they’re different, but they’re the same.
So I want to dive all the way into, into PRP and the benefits and how you’ve applied it and how long did it take you to bring that into the practice?
Dr. Chad Johnson 12:03
So, I did one day you know, a phlebotomy course and then I did a two day PRP dermal filler course and then the dermal fillers were also taught at the AEFE and you can do more than one course through the a fe as well, you know regarding Facial Aesthetics all together so they’re not just about Botox. So those two kind of went hand in hand you know, PRP as I use them and then Botox, both AFP both taught at you know, guards courses down in Miami and he has courses he has home courses and away courses right you know, so like he does Boston, he does Chicago, he does Dallas. Basically, I’ve heard him say if it’s a direct flight, I’ll go. So.
That’s always that is always my role. I love that the direct flight Yeah. Okay, number five.
Dr. Chad Johnson 12:56
Number five Zima dental has little dental pods and so I wear an oral appliance. for sleep apnea. And the
You’re gonna say for aesthetics like a grill like Post Malone.
Dr. Chad Johnson 13:14
Yeah, no, no, I You can’t make this look more pretty with a no I’m just so they have a little showed up on Facebook. These little pods that have you know, our little ultrasonic bath that shakes out your germs. Yeah. From your Yeah. From your, your
Mirror appliance cleaner. Yes, it’s funny. Exactly.
Dr. Chad Johnson 13:37
But, you know, for 100 bucks, I was like, you know, I’m gonna buy this and check this out. This might be my favorite one to share with the audience, but Zima, Zima dental 100 bucks for a little pod. And I was like, I’ll give it a try. I’m telling all my patients about it now because I’m like, that’s a really a good value. You can do different colors as if that matters, but they’re a nice attractive little pod, and you can fit in your your Invisalign retainers into it. You can fit in your, you know, oral appliance, your night guard anything like that into there.
Oh, that is so good. Yeah, you taking me back to the days of retainer when I was you know, and trying to like brush it out. Yes.
Dr. Chad Johnson 14:18
Yes, no. And and I want people to know if they see this pop up on Facebook, and they’re like, oh, that’s probably a piece of junk. It’s actually I really, I’m not with mine. No, I’m in love with you for 100 bucks. I was just like, I I’ve had it for a year. It hasn’t petered out yet and so I don’t know if it’ll last 1.1 years and then I’ll wish that I would have let you all know but as of right now, it’s good. My next one goes into naturally Great Lakes, orthodontics solutions and stuff like that. I email through the the Sirak portal, my facial files, you know, STL files for oral appliance for sleep apnea. So I wear one myself. I have mild sleep apnea. Yeah, I wear a Herbst appliance and I’ve tried a couple different ones. I, I, there’s one that’s like a football mouthguard. And I, the dog started, the dog found it on the nightstand got like four or five minutes with it and then I chewed through the rest of it and so that one wasn’t good, but they’re poly. What’s it called polycarbonate? I don’t know if that’s the right word for the polycarbonate plastic one is a good one and then I also have one that’s like a clear acrylic one. So I like the clear acrylic one. You can also when you’re doing the Ceric STL files through serach you can record the you know the bite, so I put in a cotton roll and and get the bite just right, or you can use the crowd was that appliance called where I wish I could edit it in later, where you push the mandible forward and you record it at the 70% however you George gauge, however you want to record that, you know for the bite, but you record the bite in that position and send it off and they can make it at that vertical dimension and horizontal protrusive dimension. That was a bunch of nerdiness. Sorry, that’s for the
I don’t know what any of that. I don’t know, that was all Greek to me completely. So I’m assuming that people listening Oh, yeah. Yeah, yeah, sorry. You completely lost me on that one entirely. However, it was really fun to go down. Seeing how you know I just in September went to magnet DeSantis airways course and spoke at that and became extremely passionate because people just don’t understand how many different appliances there are. So if one doesn’t work for you, you can try a different one. You don’t have to give up you don’t have to suffer with it. So I love that that is your number six. Number seven?
Dr. Chad Johnson 16:47
If I had more time, I probably could come up with at least five more around the office. But I haven’t exactly you know, finished that but I think I could come up with you know, five more episode two of this. Okay, but number seven for now. My zonna toothbrush. Sean’s is from Zonna. I’ve met him at the PDA workshops originally and we started implementing that into our office. I love the whole system. I love the brush itself. I was a huge Sonicare fan. So no knock on Sonicare. I love the Sonicare brand and the product. So I thought I’ll give it a try and sure enough, I’ve loved it and you love that you do. Yes and it holds its charge longer than Sonicare.
Dr. Chad Johnson 17:31
Oh yeah. Which allows me to be lazier.
So well my best my favorite admission to this is I bought an electric toothbrush and promptly didn’t use it for like a year. zonna Shaun, Shaun gave me one and I have I’m still using that. So now actually, though, I have two. So I have asana and I have an Oral B. And so I use them. I use them both. But I’ll tell you what that is on. It has been with me for a few years now. It’s not lost its charge. I mean, I mean, I know I have it on its little dock a lot and stuff. But when I have it off the dock or if I’m traveling and I I’ve forgotten the chart, it holds it for a long time.
Dr. Chad Johnson 18:12
I don’t know if it holds it for a month ish. I don’t keep track but I think it’s about a month ish. Shawn would be on here right now going no Chad say three months. I don’t know how long this but however long it is. It’s not a week. Let’s just say that much. So for what it’s worth, it goes longer than a week for sure.
Well, Chad, thank you for sharing your stocking stuffer ideas for the dentistry love. Yes, yes.
Dr. Chad Johnson 18:36
Next week, we will we will dive into more Favorite Things between Chad Johnson and myself.
Dr. Chad Johnson 18:45
Yes, I like it. Alright, Regan. We’ll talk soon. Thanks for listeners. Bye.
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