MEET DR. DONALD FOX, ORTHODONTIST
More than 19,000 Patients Treated With Braces & Invisalign® Over 23 Years
Invisalign certified: more than 1,000 cases of all types of clear trays to move teeth and trained in severe cases as well as the newest Invisalign Teen®
Braces specialist in difficult cases of adult cosmetic dentistry
Expert in age 6 complex early orthodontic treatment with a master’s degree in Age 6 Jaw Growth, known as Dentofacial Orthopedics
Fast braces done on front teeth in five to seven months
Thumb suck and pacifier habit expert; author of the book Stop Thumb Suck Revolution
Permanent retainer expert: Inventor of the first Light-Cured Permanent Retainer
I was born in Richmond, Virginia. It was in the fourth grade, while at a picnic with Dr. William Crockett, that I decided to become a doctor. Dr. Crockett, a leading instructor at the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry, helped me focus to stay in school and become one of the most talented orthodontists in the United States. After I graduated from Hermitage High School, I attended the University of Richmond and researched how to repair damaged DNA in bacteria with visible wavelengths of light. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. I took graduate courses in histology (the study of cells), embryology (the study how cells form and go on to make organs and other tissues), and many other courses. It was during this time when I discovered aspirin and acetaminophen can cause birth defects if taken during pregnancy.
Award-Winning Orthodontist in Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, Hallandale Beach, Davie and Deerfield Beach, FL
I entered dental school, achieved numerous awards, and graduated first out of a class of 115. I received the American Cancer Society Award for the highest scores on pathology examinations over a two-year period. I also received the Southeastern Board of Prosthodontics Award for outstanding achievements, contributions, and performance in prosthodontics (false teeth). I was recognized for my research with oral surgeon Dr. Robert Campbell on patients who experienced numbness in their lower lip and chin after jaw surgery, wisdom teeth extractions, and broken jaws. For this, I was awarded the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology Award.
Then I attended the University of Tennessee and completed a residency in orthodontics (dental braces). In my research, I discovered birth defects resulted from normal dosages of acetaminophen taken during pregnancy. While there, I completed one of the lengthiest Master of Science theses written in the history of the university. My animal studies followed FDA birth defect protocol, and concluded that caution must be exercised with use of these two drugs during pregnancy. In addition to FDA protocol, I used radiographs to look for birth defects and set an example for future birth defect research. I also suggested that my method, along with MRI, CT scans, and other diagnostic tools, would in the future replace the standard techniques used by the FDA.
I was also awarded the Chairman’s Research Award in Orthodontics and the Woodrow Powell Research Award for recognition of an original research investigation, because it produced unique and significant knowledge for the specialty of orthodontics. The American Association of Orthodontists awarded me the association’s Harry Sicher Award for the most meritorious first research in the United States and Canada. My research was presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Orthodontists in New Orleans and at the annual meeting of the Growth Symposium at the University of Michigan.
Also at the University of Tennessee, I was told it wasn’t possible to light cure a permanent retainer wire to the back of the six front teeth. That challenged me, and within six months, I light cured the first retainer ever, in the world. An article about this was published in the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics. There is a newer wire on the market now that I use exclusively, which is made of white gold, does not tarnish, and is super thin.
I have a Master of Science in Orthodontics and Dentofacial orthopedics (braces at age seven; complex cases). This encompasses dental braces that straighten the teeth and jaws, and the ability to change the shape, length, and width of the jaws of the face. This is done as early as age seven with non-surgical methods or in the teenage and adult years with non-surgical and surgical methods.
I’m able to stop thumb sucking in children and adults within one week without the use of any appliances in the mouth. I have stopped more than one hundred children kick their habit the first night with a ninety-five percent success rate. A book is now finished and is available online about this simple-to-use technique that people may employ in their home. There’s an estimated five million thumb suckers in the United States at any given time. The book is titled Stop Thumb Suck Revolution.
I recently completed research on how to tolerate extreme heat with the use of salt and potassium. I have identified four new stages of heat exhaustion. This will help people who work or play sports in extreme heat to recognize early stages of heat exhaustion much sooner than in the past. I also developed methods to repair heat exhaustion in the early stages. My primary focus is now on race car drivers, their pit crews, and football players.
Supporting the communities in and around Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, Deerfield Beach, Hallandale Beach, Lighthouse Point and Davie, FL
I’ve made large donations to the Clearwater Aquarium in Clearwater to help with research and the salvage of stranded and hurt marine wildlife, particularly sea turtles, dolphins, and otters.
In November 2011, I worked personally with NASCAR to help raise more than $500,000 to help pay for neonatal beds for the Homestead Hospital pediatric department. These beds cost $25,000 each, and there were none at the hospital before this event, which compelled parents to travel each day to hospitals in Miami after work to see their newborn children. These children needed their parents closer to them because of their medical conditions that required care in these neonatal beds.
The Personal Side of Orthodontist, Dr. Fox
In my spare time, I go to NASCAR races, football, basketball, and baseball games. I’ve even donated tickets on the finish line of races to Hendrick Motorsports that were given to children with leukemia and other health problems so they could enjoy the races. Many times, I gave my personal seats to these children. I was an avid Jeff Gordon fan way before he became popular.
I’ll continue to help others achieve their best. I know that if I do this, it will make me a better person and doctor.