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Portrait of a Professional

single one of our Class II machines - headgears,
rubber bands, Herbst, and the Herbst with a
spring group - tip whichever jaw they are
hooked to because they are not pushing or
pulling anywhere near the center of rotation of
the jaws. One needs the curved vectors of edgewise to virtually reach up to the center of rotation of the maxilla or mandible.

Intermaxillary Edgewise-the
Jasper Vector

Upon returning from Denmark to the Bay Area, I
heard that Kleve Johnson needed an associate to
run his practice two days a week so that he could
have time to be president of PCSO and teach at
UCSF part-time. He also used the .018 slot and
Ricketts mechanics to treat his patients, so I fit
right in. We were actually pinching strips of
stainless steel to make custom bands for each
tooth and then welding on the appropriate
bracket. In 1971, a company came to us to try out
a whole new concept in brackets - direct bonding! We were the West Coast test office; the
other test office was on the East Coast, I think
in New York. We followed all the instructions
perfectly for 10 cases and got them all bonded
up. I loved it; what a difference from making
bands. But one week later, every bracket we
had put on fell off! Kleve was livid. He told the
company that there was so much force in the
mouth that this would never work.
But I was hooked. It was so much easier for
both the patient and the doctor. I wanted to
keep trying. Then I had a lightbulb moment! I had
gotten my scuba diving license during college
at Berkeley; I had noted that divers are very paranoid about the quality of the air that gets into
the tanks and their lungs. They know that compressors (comprised of lubricated pistons) end
up contaminating the compressed air, which
should then be removed by a series of filters.

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We didn't have the filters on our compressor, so
perhaps the microscopic amount of oil therein
made the bonds fall off. My mother was still
living in Berkeley, so I went over to her house
and borrowed her giant 1950s ladies' hair dryer.
I got a patient all set up to dry the teeth prior to
the bonding liquid, held the two-inch hose in
front of her face, and turned it on. I'll never forget
the look of shock on her face. She looked like she
was doing 100 miles an hour on a rocket sled:
cheeks flapping and hair flying straight back. I
quickly turned it off, and pretended it was normal
while I finished the bonding. Guess what: they
stayed on! We called the company back; they
modified their directions to stop using the unfiltered air from old-style compressors.
CS: How did you choose a practice location and
how did you practice?
JJ: Several of my classmates were setting up
practices in Sonoma County. Larry Stroud was
in Petaluma with Don Guest, and I went to Santa
Rosa to start a small office. Chuck Wear also had
a beautiful office in Santa Rosa.
In 1985, I went to a national American Dental
Association meeting in San Francisco. I was walking past an insurance company booth and a
salesman angrily accosted me. He saw that I was
an orthodontist and told me that one of my kind
almost bankrupted his company. They had just
lost a $5 million malpractice settlement. An
orthodontist had a nine-year-old girl in headgear;
she and her brother were playing, and her
brother pulled on the headgear and let go. Both
her eyes were totally ruined. I was devastated; I
couldn't sleep for two weeks. Since then, dozens
of blindings have occurred, and yet the headgear
has not been banned by our profession. I had 400
children in headgear at that time. What could I

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