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Advocating for Mental Health in Dentistry and Orthopedic Professions with Dr. Whitney Wright




Dr. Whitney Wright is an orthodontist turned mental health advocate. He is the Founding Orthodontist of Risas Dental and Braces, a DSO with 26 locations in four states across the Southwest. Risas currently has over 100 dentists, orthodontists, and oral surgeons who have given away more than $6 million worth of free dental care in the last eight and a half years. Dr. Wright is also the Creator and Host of The Wright Talk Podcast, which focuses on openly discussing mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and PTSD. He graduated with honors from Brigham Young University and the University of Colorado Dental School.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:
  • Dr. Wright’s thoughts on the COVID-19 pandemic and his advice to fellow orthodontists on managing through the crisis

  • How Risas has been making dentistry a fun experience throughout the pandemic

  • How the name Risas Dental and Braces came about and how the practice handles continuity of care

  • What Dr. Wright has learned over the last 9 years in practice and what he is doing differently today from when he first started

  • Dr. Wright talks about the different roles at play and the practice’s culture coach

  • Dr. Wright’s passion for mental health in the dental community, why many people feel shame around mental health, and Dr. Wright’s advice to people struggling with their mental health

  • What makes the dentistry and orthodontic professions susceptible to mental health-related issues?

  • How social media impacts your mental health

  • Dr. Wright talks about his business superpower, how he likes to read his books, and his book recommendations

  • What Dr. Wright is most looking forward to personally and professionally

  • How to get in touch with Dr. Whitney Wright


In this episode…

There’s a stigma surrounding mental health-related issues, like depression, stress, anxiety, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among others. As a result, many people find it shameful to admit that they are struggling mentally, often feeling fear and shame around being labeled as weak. Dr. Whitney Wright found himself faced with this challenge as a practicing orthodontist. As he continued growing and expanding his DSO, he became depressed due to the emotional toll it took on him. Once he started having panic attacks on the chair, he decided to do something about it. Dr. Whitney Wright, Founder of The Wright Talk Podcast, joins Craig Weiss and Blair Feldman in this week’s episode of the In Your Face Podcast to talk about his work advocating for mental health in the dentistry and orthodontic professions. Dr. Wright shares his personal experience with his mental health and explains how social media contributes to issues surrounding mental health. Stay tuned.


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