Ethics Resources

Ethics in orthodontics, litigation issues and legislation are matters of concern to you as an orthodontist.

Use these links to access relevant ethics and accreditation resources:

Below is a collection of authoritative articles on ethics, litigation and legislation from the most respected journal in orthodontics: the AJO-DO. Refer to them to remain informed about issues that can affect you.

AJO-DO Ethics and Legal Links

2019

Ethics in Orthodontics

Litigation and Legislation

July Beware of the Herd It’s Over: The Exit Dilemma
June  Smooth as Glass It’s Enough to Make Your Hair Stand on End
May  The Same to You Got Milk?
Apr  Is the End in Sight? Doctors Yes, Assistants No
Mar  Discretion, Please Can We Make Ourselves Bullet-Proof?
Feb What the World Needs Now  What I Say Versus What I Do
Jan Favorable Growth Injuring the Orthodontic Spectator

2018

Ethics in Orthodontics

Litigation and Legislation

Dec When the Patient Is His Own Doctor I Want to See Everything
Nov A Recipe for Conflict Excluded Unless Essential
Oct See Something? Say Something! Nam Aliud Est Loqui
Sept No Deal Hey, Doc, Do You Have Any…
Aug The Truth Be Told How Hard Do I Have to Look for These Records?
July No Prejudices, Please Clinical Considerations and Potential Liability Associated
with the Use of Ionizing Radiation in Orthodontics
June A Promise Made is a Promise Kept When Apologies Go Too Far
May

On Being Human

Principles of Ethical Practice (Guest editorial)

Poaching Employees
Apr The Personal Touch Qualified Immunity: Pure Heart and Empty Head
Mar Unacceptable Acceptance Expectations: Contractual, entrepreneurial, or professional
Feb A Friend in Need I Don’t Really Feel Comfortable Doing That
Jan One Shoe Doesn’t Fit All I’m Working On It

2017

Ethics in Orthodontics

Litigation and Legislation

Dec Mixed Messages When Things Don’t “Ad” Up
Nov To Understand the Understood Strategies for Improved Interdisciplinary Care and Communication in Orthodontics
Oct Clarity of Vision Letting Something Pass
Sept The Proof is in the Pudding Immunity from What?
Aug Courtesy Counts Caught but Released
July No Tricks, Please Orthodontic Chart Documentation
June Here We Go Again Sticks and Stones
May Your Brother’s Gatekeeper The Meaning of Words
Apr Who Benefits? Do Website Postings Qualify as Learned Treatises?
Mar Is it Cloudy in the Pews Cloudy
Feb Is Good Enough, Good Enough? When Communicating Isn’t Enough
Jan Who and Where Teleorthodontics

2016

Ethics in Orthodontics

Litigation and Legislation

Dec Beyond Your Comfort Zone Stepstools and Ladders
Nov Your Discretion, Please It’s Not the Same Thing
Oct Tell it Like it is Familiarity of Sorts
Sept What’s an Orthodontist to Do? Dealing with a Minor Problem
Aug Just Do As I Say Learned Intermediary
July Well Begun, Half Done Loose Lips
June Do You Believe in Magic? Ulterior Motives
May It’s a Rough Sport It’s Just a Phase
Apr Would You Do It Again? Leaving  Something Behind
Mar When is Enough, Enough? Taking It Back
Feb Is It for Real? It’s Irrelevant
Jan Consultant as Advocate At Your Service
     

2015

Ethics in Orthodontics

Litigation and Legislation

Dec Can You Do It All? Who Is Entitled to What?
Nov Ahead to the Basics  
Oct Without Undue Influence Heeding the Advice of Others
Sept When the Inevitable Happens Risk management strategies in orthodontics. Part 2: Administrative considerations
Aug How Much is Too Much Risk Management Strategies in Orthodontics. Part 1: Clinical Considerations
July Know When to Fold ‘Em Destroying Records
June A Difference of Opinion Transfer Tragedies
May A Proud Tradition of Ethics in a Proud Specialty What Record is Playing?
Apr No Way Josè  
Mar The Salient Skill How Much is Too Much?
Feb To Err is Human Admissibility of Scientific Evidence
Jan A Case for Collaboration You Secretly Did What?
     

 2014

Ethics in Orthodontics

Litigation and Legislation

Dec When the Picture Gets Cloudy Separate but Equal
Nov Above and Beyond Considering Consideration
Oct Proceed to Checkout Seeing before Doing
Sept Abuse of Power Arbitration Agreement
Aug What Values Most Disparaging Disparagement
July Nothing But the Truth How to Write an Expert Opinion Letter
June Joint Autonomy Possibility, Probability, and Causation: A Study of Proximate Causation
May Is Ignorance Bliss Practice What You Preach or Not
Apr No Way Out Swell
Mar It Takes Courage No article
Feb Call It What It Is Macadamias, Pistachios, and Filberts
Jan An Ounce of Prevention Orthodontic Purgatory
     

2013

Ethics in Orthodontics

Litigation and Legislation

Dec Let the Truth be Known The Cost of Care vs the Standard of Care
Nov Image is Everything Speaking for Another
Oct Ethics in leadership personified Getting clear on clearance
Sept The Hippocratic Oath in Perspective You Made My Heart Stop
Aug The Source With This Ring
Jul The Need to Know No article
Jun When Trust is Violated Either She Goes, Or I Do!
May Informed Consent or Informed Refusal So Let Be Written, So Let it Be Done
Apr The Time is Now Minor Differences
Apr S You Make the Decision The Patient Has a Big Mouth
Mar The Need to Know Qualifying the Expert Witness
Feb Is There Justice in Generosity? He Did It…No, He Did It
Jan Do the Right Thing Evaluating Who Knows What
     

2012

Ethics in Orthodontics

Litigation and Legislation

Dec Thou Shalt Not Speak Ill…” Is Seeing Believing?
Nov The Power of the Podium Problems of Our Own Making
Oct The Buck Stops Here Paying the Piper
Sept With Gratitude In the Beginning
Aug When Less Might Be More I’m Sorry, So Sorry
Jul You Can Lead a Horse to Water, But… Judgement Day
Jun When to Say “I’m Sorry” Déjà vu All Over Again
May What’s Fair is Fair Digital Signature of Electronic Dental Records
Apr Quest for the Best Materiality and Materials
Apr S When is Enough Enough? Referral Liability and Interdisciplinary Craniofacial or Dentofacial Anomoly Care
Mar Discretion in Advertising:  It’s Up to You What to Say Given What Was Said
Feb More Than a Contract You Can’t Say That
Jan Publish or Perish Statistical Evidence: Admissible or Not?
     

2011

Ethics in Orthodontics

Litigation and Legislation

Dec When Patients Are Used as Currency Failing the ABO Examination:  Admissible Evidence?
Nov When the Tail Wags the Dog Don’t Bug Me
Oct When to Say No Can You Hear Me Now?
Sept Confidentiality:  To Honor or to Override? Talking Trash
Aug You Make the Decision The Patient Has a Big Mouth
Jul Communication in the Face of Conflict Safeguarding Protected Health Information 
Jun Inappropriate Liaisons Limits to the Standard of Care
May And Justice For All Working for Another
Apr S Communicate, Communicate, Communicate Watch Out for the Curb
Apr Truth In Advertising Punitive Damages in Malpractice Suits
Mar When Patients Don’t Pay When Patients Lie to Their Doctors
Feb Avoiding Collaborative Failure When Horses Refuse to Drink
Jan Academic Impropriety  What Do Patients Actually Consent to Do?