DR. NICK SALOME
Dr. Salome spent his childhood in El Paso, Texas, where he still has close family ties. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Philosophy. After spending time doing Primatology field research in Puerto Rico, he returned to Texas to attend dental school. Dr. Salome graduated second in his class from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1999. From there he went to the University of Washington at Seattle to pursue his residency in orthodontics. He graduated from the UW with a Master of Science in Dentistry and a certificate of Orthodontics in 2001. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Capital Area Dental Society, Southwestern Society of Orthodontists, and the American Association of Orthodontists, and the Texas Orthodontic Study Club. Dr. Salome is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, and he maintains an appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He has served as course director of the dental school’s Craniofacial Growth and Development course, and was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Salome also received the C.T. Rowland Award from the Texas Orthodontic Study Club and rated by the Austin Chronicle as the “Best Orthodontist for Kids.” Dr. Salome is married and has two children, Emerson and Kahlil. His hobbies include cycling, reading, and chasing the kids around. His entire family also enjoys competitive inline speed skating.
Why he loves being an orthodontist
For Dr. Salome, great orthodontics arises from the small details of the teeth, but its aim is the big picture of ‘helping people smile’ which can truly change lives. This makes it the best career he can think of!
As a child, Dr. Salome had a hard time learning to read. In dental school, however, he obtained a perfect score on the spatial reasoning portion of the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). He attributes that 'perfect score' to the same cognitive pattern that made it hard for him to learn to read in the first place. Just a reminder that often the sources of our greatest struggles, become our greatest assets.
Lectures and Speaking Engagements
Since 2001, Dr. Salome has maintained a faculty position at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. In addition to teaching the residents who are training to become orthodontists themselves, he also has lectured to the dental students and the other dental residents. He has taught and served as Course Director for the Craniofacial Growth and Development course, and annually delivers guest lectures to all of the post-doctoral residents on the topic of Maxillary Growth in Childhood and Adolescence. In 2011, he was honored to be nominated by the Orthodontic Department for an Excellence in Teaching Award.
Away from the University, he has been invited to lecture to orthodontists on various topics ranging from orthodontic techniques to the psychology underneath beautiful smiles. Since 2013, he has served as “Key Opinion Leader” for 3M, advising them on their Incognito bracket system and teaching their certification courses. He has been honored to lecture to a wide range of orthodontists and dentists on a variety of topics.
- The Psychology of Esthetic Dentistry, Florida Association of Denatl Administrators, 2015
- Simplify the Complexity: Alignments, Tipping and 2-over 1 Ties, Incognito North America User's Meeting, 2015
- Clinical Efficiency with Incognito: A New Paradigm for Initial Alignment, International Incognito User's Meeting, 2014
- Spaces, Tipping and 2-over1 Ties, Incognito Golden Circle of Excellence, 2014
- Versatality of Speed Mechanics, Speed Typodont Course, 2014
- The Psychology of Esthetic Dentistry, 17th Annual 3M Unitek Summit, 2014
- Faculty Mentor for the Golden Elite Study Club, Golden Elite Study Club, 2014
- Comaprison of Incognitor Hidden Braces and Clear Aligners, 2014 Residents Summit: Aesthetics in Practice, 2014
- The Great Debate: Lingual Orthodontics vs. Aligners for Esthetic Treatment, Texas Orthodontic Study Club, 2014
- Incognito - Fully Digital, World Society of Lingual Orthodontics Meeting, 2013