For people arriving in a new city for the first time, choosing a professional, high-quality dental clinic is incredibly important, especially when it comes to a complicated field like orthodontics (the branch of dentistry that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and correction of misaligned teeth and jaws). Orthodontists need to understand the complexity of how the mouth and jaw develop and be trained to identify orthodontic needs in patients and provide appropriate diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Jaclyn Dam-Laute, CEO and chief specialist at IDC Dental, has more than 25 years of experience and has spent more than 16 of those years in Beijing, so she is well positioned to make decisions in response to the changing dental and orthodontic needs of the market. “There is a growing demand for orthodontics procedures among our patients,” she says. “I always want to introduce world-class services at our clinic and have recently made the decision to bring in experienced orthodontist Dr. Jeong Rae Cho, the only American Board of Orthodontists certified doctor in Beijing. Dr. Cho represents our commitment to world-class quality.”
Dr. Cho became a board-certified orthodontist in 2014. Just a year later, he was selected as one of the few orthodontists in the country to present his clinical cases internationally at the 2015 American Association of Orthodontists annual conference. “[Being invited to the conference] instilled in me a sense of gratitude and commitment to excellence from the very beginning of my career as an orthodontist,” he says with pride.
Working with a diverse group of patients in the US, especially in New York, Dr. Cho quickly learned that it is essential to offer the highest level of service and care to any patient that walks into the clinic, no matter how unique their dental needs. A great clinic like IDC Dental should give each patient as much information as possible about their treatment so that they can make informed decisions, something that can also help to ease any feelings of anxiety. “Coming to see the dentist is not an isolated experience that happens occasionally. It should be a lifelong relationship,” he says.
Dr. Cho is also careful to stay on top of the latest developments in dentistry so that he can pass them on to his patients. “The next phase of orthodontics will incorporate innovative approaches and technologies such as clear aligners, 3D scanning, and 3D diagnosis and treatment,” he outlines. This kind of innovation matches Dr. Dam-Laute’s commitment to leading the dental industry in China from the front. “As Chinese society has become more affluent, the demand for elective dental care such as orthodontics has increased rapidly,” Dr. Dam-Laute says. “We want patients who are having this kind of treatment for the first time to know that they are in good hands. As Dr. Cho concludes, “It is an honor and a privilege to be able to take someone’s smile from ordinary to extraordinary.”
This article appeared in the beijingkids June 2019 Home & Relocation Guide issue.
Photos: Courtesy of IDC