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Teddy Rothstein DDS PhD
Orthodontist: Life-Active AAO Member
Inventor of and Specialist in OJW™:
Orthodontic Jaw Wiring for Weight Control  iPhone. 718 808 2656
With offices in Brooklyn NY and Salem,

                             Following Forms find "Troubleshooting  Shooting OJW problems"

OJW Forms
1. Informed Consent;  2. Med-Dent History;   3. Is OJW right for you?


 Informed Consent for OJW


Copy and Paste this entire document in an email and then provide all information requested and Email to
This page includes the Informed Consent, the Medical-Dental History Form for OJW patients and below that  the Financial Memo.
Carefully read the Informed Consent.   I will review all and call to let you know whether you are an acceptable candidate for OJW. Cordially, Dr. Ted Rothstein 

* Date:    /    / 2018-19       * Name:                         * Age:     Date of birth:     * Height:
* Present Weight:                               * Goal Weight:          

   (click on link)—>*Present Body Mass Index (BMI):
* Activity Level  (Life style): (Circle one) inactive, mildly a., moderately a., very active  
*Number of months you are initially willing to dedicate passionately to the jaw wiring (OJW) approach to weight loss:  2 3 4 5 6 (3 months/ 21 pounds, assuming 5 pounds first week then 1.5 pounds each week thereafter)
*Address:                        *City:              *State:       * Zip:
*Home Telephone:                 *and Work Telephone (Other):                 * and Cell/ Mobile Telephone:
*Email Address: Dr. Ted will not contact you if you do not provide this item. 
* Your dentist’s name:
* Telephone number:
I give Dr. Ted my permission to call my dentist by placing my initials here_______.
*You physician’s name:
*Telephone number:
* I give Dr. Ted my permission to call my physician by placing my initials here_______.
* OJW preferred appointment date:________ ** Alternative OJW appointment date:__________  or “Date undecided”


Please Copy this page paste in an email complete  the forms indicated below and email to  I will review the data from ALL THREE FORMS  and then will call you to chat about your goals and help you arrange an appointment. 


I, _________________________, authorize Dr. Rothstein to wire my jaws into the OJW position of physiologic rest ††. realize that I will need to be on a low calorie liquid diet to achieve my weight loss goal.*  I know I can have the  orthodontic jaw wiring (brackets and wire) removed at any time I request. I have read and I understand all the material on Dr. Rothstein’s web site related to the orthodontic jaw wiring procedure. I also recognize that even if I achieve my weight loss goal, I may well regain the weight. I have been advised that the best way to maintain the weight loss is by  means of life style changes, which include a low calorie, balanced diet matched to an appropriate exercise regime for my life style.

I understand that Dr. Rothstein requires a note from a physician (or proxy care provider) indicating: “You may begin a long-term, low-calorie liquid diet.”. The purpose of such a note is to rule out for your own safety and my assurance that such a diet would not be harmful to you. Such a release is taken  to mean that you have no gastro-intestinal issues or other medical problems that would harm you by beginning such a diet. Lacking this medical release note the OJW service can not be provided.

I understand that  OJW requires that braces (brackets) be bonded to my teeth; that braces may sometimes become detached and need to be rebonded. Moreover, I realize that if I come from out-of-state and a bracket detaches, I will need to see a local orthodontist to have the bracket(s) rebonded at an additional cost to me ($50-$85/bracket).

Finally, that at present there are few if any orthodontists who will rewire me and for that reason I have elected  to rewire myself (or have my significant other do the rewiring for me following the method Dr. Rothstein taught me when the OJW was placed.


I understand that substituting elastics for the wires can cause traction on my teeth and result in my teeth elongating and consequently causing harm to my bite.

Since I may come from out-of-state and may not be able to return to Dr. Rothstein’s office to have my OJW brackets removed, I will need to locate a local orthodontist whose fee may range from $300- $400+  to remove the OJW brackets and adhesive.

I am at liberty to review the results of the survey Dr. Rothstein completed in January of 2009 to see how other OJW patients fared.  View the benefits and problems of OJW (as an Excel spread sheet) and to read  his manuscript on the nature of the OJW service as provided by dental professionals: Orthodontic Jaw Wiring: The Dental Professional’s Role in Weight Control for Compulsive Overeating Leading to Obesity  

Dr. Rothstein’s work shall be largely limited to placement/fitting and removal of the orthodontic jaw wiring appliance as a whole, periodic rewiring and tooth cleaning of the inside of my teeth, replacement of any accidentally detached brackets and finally, warning me if he thinks that continued use of the orthodontic jaw wiring is causing/may cause harm to my gums, teeth and jaw joints.

The OJW appointment will include an oral examination in conjunction with a panoramic X-ray, and detailed instructions how to place and remove the OJW wiring. I understand that I must remove the wires at the end of five weeks and return to the office (not applicable to out-of-town patients) to have Dr. Rothstein re-examine me to ascertain that my teeth, gums and jaw joints (TMJ) are in healthy condition. Above all, I understand that he will not rewire me if I cannot pass  the three-finger mouth opening test  without difficulty or discomfort. Finally, that Dr. Rothstein will provide me with the prerequisite instruments needed to place and remove the wiring

I am fully aware that other methods of weight loss are available to me including: weight loss medicines such as Contrave, Alli, Meridia  Xenical, “Qysymia” formerly Qnexa, Belviq, Weight Watcher’s, Cool-Sculpting and Jenny Craig programs and a variety of bariatric surgical techniques. I am also aware of such organizations as
Overeaters anonymous and Greysheeters anonymous (GSA) for compulsive overeaters.


I understand I am required to make a new appointment for between 4 and 6 weeks after each time Dr. Rothstein rewires my jaws and I realize that I must release the wire {See Release methods} 4-6 days prior to that to permit me to exercise my jaw muscles.  [See jaw joint exercises] I realize that if I do not eat a soft diet during those times that my jaw is unwired I may cause brackets to become detached.

I have been advised that if I have any conditions which are medically compromising and that demand special medical attention to dietary details such as, to mention just a few: diabetes, gastric reflux, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and malabsorption syndrome, I should not have this procedure done. I have had a medical exam in the recent past and I am iin good health and I have no medical problems that may interfere with or be at odds with this procedure. My physician has not advised me to forego this procedure.

I have read all the  FAQ’s related to OJW and I have especially read the question ,  “Who is NOT a good candidate for the OJW procedure.”   I realize  the list of reasons for not being a good candidate does not cover every possible condition of ill health.  I am confirming that I am a good candidate and I am providing  my initials as acknowledgment in this space _________.

There is also the possibility that I might be allergic to metal components in the brackets/wire such as Nickel (Get Information about Nickel allergy)  or even the adhesive used to bond the brackets to the teeth any of which might require having to have the OJW removed.

I have been advised that prior to orthodontic jaw wiring I should have a complete physical exam including a complete blood study, and an analysis of my present caloric intake by a registered dietitian [Find a registered dietician in the American Dietician's Association]  so that a liquid diet can be designed for my  body type and activity level that is compatible with my weight loss goals.** I realize that while Dr. Rothstein may try to help me with the liquid diet suggestions that it will be my total responsibility to create a liquid diet compatible with my goals.

I agree to keep an accurate daily log of my liquid diet showing the calories in each meal and the total of my daily and weekly intake. I agree to show Dr. Rothstein this log at each office appointment. I realize that I may not reach my weight loss goal, but I do not hold Dr. Rothstein responsible since he has not made any guarantee regarding the success of attaining my goal. I realize that exercise is a very important factor in losing weight and that Dr. Rothstein will/has apprise(d) me of the relationship between weight loss and gain and the number of calories and activities I do. [See Dr. Ted's exercise]


I realize that extensive vomiting could result in vomitus being taken into my airway, which could be a very serious medical problem requiring immediate medical attention. Consequently, I realize I should immediately remove the wires that hold my teeth together under conditions of suspected or impending nausea. [Read special note from highly respected teacher, educator and practitioner] Dr. Rothstein will/has also show(n)  me how to remove the wiring with a Nippy wire cutter and even a fork. I have been advised to carry at all times the Nippy wire cutter that Dr. Rothstein gave me.  Dr. Rothstein has told/shown me how to remove the wire in an emergency with a simple fork and shown me that it can be easily accomplished in less than 10 seconds. [SEE INSTRUMENTS AND METHODS OF REMOVING THE WIRE.]  Dr. Rothstein has/will give(n) me his home phone with special instructions to call him if I ever have any problems related to this procedure outside of regular office hours. 

I acknowledge by my  signature here _________ that I understand the above.

I have been told that my speech may be somewhat impaired, that Listerine rinses will be the only way to keep the insides of my teeth and mouth clean. I have been told to avoid and/or report any gnashing/bruxing or sideways grinding of my teeth or any jaw muscle aches since they can cause problems to my teeth and jaw joints.

Dr. Rothstein has prepared me for the uncommon possibility of “panic attack” upon being wired and  that I may have to release/remove  the wiring immediately or within a few days from the OJW appointment  because I find that I am unable to adapt to/tolerate my jaws wired in the “OJW position of physiologic rest Or, or I may find the orthodontic brackets and wiring themselves are feeling “foreign”/uncomfortable to me.†† 

Consequently, I understand there will  be an initial trial period when the OJW is first placed when I will have to adapt to novel situation that I have never experienced before. I understand that Dr. Rothstein will remove the OJW Immediately if requested, or rewire me when I am ready for it (at no additional charge as long as the brackets are still in place. [Read D.V.'s experience.]

I understand that if I pay the fee prior to the OJW appointment and then decide that I do not want to proceed with the OJW that Dr. Rothstein will refund all of the fee I paid except a service fee of $375.

I understand that the OJW placement  is non-refundable following insertion/placement of the OJW and that the removal of the wiring and all braces and final cleaning at the last visit is included in the fee. However, for those OJW patients from out-of-state who can not return to my office to have their  OJW brackets removed, Dr. Rothstein will assist you in locating an orthodontist as close as possible to your home who will remove the 12 brackets (one minute or less)  and the adhesive (about 5 minutes).  The fee may vary from $75 -175 so do confirm the fee before having the local orthodontist perform the OJW removal.

Finally, I permit Dr. Rothstein, if he chooses, to show the chart entries of my case on his website in the “orthodontic jaw wiring for weight loss section.” I realize he will respect my right to anonymity. And, I authorize Dr. Rothstein to share my records with other dental, medical and related healthcare professionals concerned with helping the overweight control their problem as part his goal to further the gathering of knowledge about OJW (which is still an experimental method for weight control in obesity) into a national database.

OJW has not as yet been submitted to the FDA for its approval.  Dr. Rothstein has provided OJW to 150+ patients. A utility patent application was submitted to the USPTO and an application to was submitted to the USPTO to register the mark “OJW” and OJW®: Weight-control was approved as a registered trade mark for Orthodontic Jaw Wiring for weight control/loss

Readers are urged to read Dr. Rothstein’s paper on OJW as a Treatment Modality for Binge Eaters [Click here].

I have read the Informed Consent above including the hyperlinks directing me to supporting educational material. I fully understand the OJW service that Dr. Rothstein is going to provide me with. My signature acknowledges my consent for Dr. Rothstein to provide me with the OJW appliance:
PATIENT’S SIGNATURE:_________________DATE:____________

Latest Revision 031718

* orthodontic jaw wiring (Links to sites with information on losing weight and liquid diets, sustaining
nutrition and, hazards in dieting)

*(See a liquid diet that was created by a person who was considering weight control by orthodontic jaw wiring)


** Dr. Rothstein can refer you to local hospitals that provide the services of a registered dietitian. At least 2 visits are needed: The first, for a physical exam and blood samples, at which time you must present an accurate record of your food intake for at least one week. The second, to report to you the results of your blood study, and to provide you with a low calorie liquid diet specifically tailored to your needs and goals.


The Position of your Jaw in Orthodontic Jaw Wiring for Weight-control:

The position is called "Rothstein's OJW position of Mandibular Weightlessness" (ROPMW). It is as natural as the position of your eye lids. You are most likely in it right now as you are reading this. When I place the wiring you know it's correct  because it "feels right". Your jaw can move in all directions but is limited from opening vertically any further than the position it normally "rests" at. In that rest position it is solely the muscles of your face that are supporting your jaw. The wiring's sole function is to prevent you from going beyond the rest position. Consequently, the wires never exert any vertical forces on the teeth and therefore cannot alter how you bite/the position of your teeth. The resulting position permit you to speak clearly but prevents you from eating solid foods. The jaw movement that it does allow is sufficient to prevent your TMJ jaw joints from becoming stiff even over a long period of time. In certain instances of TMJ jaw joint problems it may provide some relief of jaw joint pain. In Brief: The wiring's sole function is to limit the extent of mouth opening. The lower jaw is suspended naturally by the jaw muscles.




(Some questions are purposefully redundant)

How were you referred to Dr. Rothstein?

What research have you done to familiarize yourself with OJW?

If you are deemed to be a good OJW patient do you think you will be dedicated and passionate enough to following the prescribed OJW protocol?   Briefly why?

Are you comfortable beginning a long-term low-calorie liquid diet?

Do you have any health issues?   Y     N. If N how would you describe your health issue?

Does your career require the use of your mouth?   Y   N     If Y in what way?

Do you know what a panic attack is?

Are you planning in the near future to have any Dental work? Y….N   If Y what kind of work?

Do you wear any REMOVABLE dental devices?

Do you have any missing teeth on the SIDES? If YES describe how many: UpperRight___UpperLeft____LowerRight____LowerLeft

Do you have any Medical or Dental problems?  Y     N

Are you now under the care of a dentist or physician or psychologist or psychiatrist?  Y   N

Are you allergic to latex examination gloves?  Y     N

List all your allergies past and present:

Have you ever been hospitalized?  Y    N   If Y please explain:

Do you now have any Dental Problems?  Y     N… If Y please explain:

Do you now have any Medical Problems?  Y    N   If Y please explain.

Do you now have any Physical problems?  Y     N   If Y please explain.

Do you now have any Psychological problems?   Y…..N   If Y please explain.

Do you have any speech problems?

Do you have any neck problems?  If Y please describe.

Do you currently have pain in your face, head, neck, face, jaws or teeth:  Y     N   If Y please explain.

Do you wake up with sore teeth or jaws?

Have you been told you snore?  Y    N

Do have any jaw joint problems that cause clicking. popping, or locking when chewing?

Do you chew gum?  Y….  How frequently?

Do you have any respiratory problems?  Y     N If Y please explain:

List all the medications you take on a regular basis:

If you take medications are any of them LARGE pills or capsules?

How often do you have colds?

Do you clench your teeth during the day?

Do you grind you teeth when you sleep?

When was the last time you visited your dentist?_____ For what purpose?

Who have you spoken with about having OJW:   None, Friend, Family, Dentist, Physician, Dietitian, Psychotherapist, Bariatric Surgeon, Spouse, Some other not in the list _________

What did you learn from them?

Will you have the support of your Spouse, Friends or Family if you undertake OJW?

Do you get anxious easily?

Are you taking any medications for anxiety now?  Y    N   If Y Please name the Med.____________

Have you ever been treated for Anorexia?  Y   N.  If Y, How long ago?

Attestation: The information I have provide above is accurate and truthful to the best of my knowledge.


SIGNATURE                                                   DATE



FEE: $2785. Promotion or discounts are offered from time-to-time. After you have sent me the documents requested you can inquire if there are any at this time. The fee is due at the time of the OWJ appointment.


INSURANCE COVERAGE: While overweight (obesity) is classified per se as a disease (with multiple health consequences), “OJW for weight loss/control: has not been granted a “treatment code”. Consequently there are no insurance benefits:  Please inquire with your health plan.  I would be delighted to be mistaken in regards to my knowledge of the currency of my information

METHODS OF PAYMENT: Personal check (allow 10 days to clear), certified bank check, cash or Master-Visa/ credit cards, Paypal, Flex-spending and Cash advance cards like Care-credit are accepted. However you must submit an application. Additional administrative fees will be applied with the exception of payment by cash, certified bank check or personal check.

PAYMENT PLANS: are sometimes accepted when the patient is willing to grant an “Auto Deductions” from a valid credit card. The quoted fee may be paid over a maximum of three months. If you are interested please provide your Social Security number ___ __ ____ and a copy of the front and back of your credit Card.

SIGNATURE:                                                 DATE

Self-assess whether OJW Weight-control is right for you

Self-Assessing whether you will be passionate and dedicated in undertaking OJW®: Weight-control:

Please put a check mark next to the indicator that applies to you and return with your Informed Consent and Medical-Dental Form.

Please add any other assessment items that may be impacting YOU.*

  • You have been thinking about starting diet for the past year/ number of months

  • You look in the mirror and that makes you unhappy.

  • You finally weighed yourself and were aghast.

  • You’re sick and tired of your doctor, friends and relatives telling you to “just get control of yourself and eat right”.

  • Nobody seems to understand the burden/seriousness of the problem of eating compulsively.

  • You refuse to weigh yourself.

  • You “feel” overweight.

  • Your friend poked a finger in your belly and said nothing.

  • Your kid said “You look “the F-word”.

  • Your friend recently exclaimed that they are beginning a diet and they “looked good” to you.

  • You were having lunch with a friend and they we’re having a salad-you noticed.

  • Summer is getting closer.

  • Your clothes have become ill-fitting

  • You can’t afford new clothes.

  • Your look with envy at thin people passing by you.

  • Your boy/girl-friend actually said you look the F-word or “the O-word”.

  • You woke up one recent morning and simply acknowledge to yourself that you are overweight.

  • You look at the wrapper of a candy bar, note that it has 400 calories, and then thought twice before you bought it, but you did, and ate it and then felt guilty.

  • You know your diet is excessively rich in Carbohydrates: bread, cake, cookies

  • You’re eating when you’re not hungry.

  • You’re eating “compulsively”: You think you have CED—compulsive- emotional eating disorder.

  • Eating is replacing some aspect of your life that is missing.

  • You have a “sweet-tooth”.

  • You have not had much success with other diets.

  • You would never consider surgery.

  • You believe appetite suppressing medications are dangerous.

  • You are good with idea that Dentists are professionals who can help with weight-control problems.

  • You’re not being aware of the calories in the foods you’re ingesting.

  • You’re not being discriminating regarding the size of the portions you take to eat.

  • You are paying more and more attention to TV ads promoting weight control methods.

  • Your doctor suggested a diet would be beneficial for your health.

  • Your mother/father/older sister/brother made a remark suggesting you need to lose some weight.

  • You realized recently you weight more than you did last year.

  • You find yourself standing in front of the refrigerator/cookie jar at 2am.

  • You’ve just been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

  • You found out about “BMI” as an indicator of excessive weight and yours is between 27and 38.

  • You believe that OJW®: Weight-control may give you the assist that will break the impasse you’re at now.

  • You’re blood pressure has been rising over the past year in tandem with your weight.

  • As soon as you get anxious you go to the refrigerator to your  friends that never reject you.

  • You keep buying Junk-Comfort food: Whip cream, Peanut butter, Candy bars

  • You’re feeling depressed.

  • Your face is starting to look jowly to you.

  • You see a double chin and that bothers you.

  • Your face is looking podgy to you.

  • Men: When you look down in the shower you can’t see it.

  • Woman: when you look down you look pregnant.

  • You’re binge eating.

  • You have tried other diet methods and now you think OJW might be helpful.

  • You like to juice and OJW depends on you doing that.

  • You are having more than the usual difficulty climbing steps and walking up hill.

  • You are not looking at the labels of the foods you buy: Calories,Carbs, Fat, and Cholesterol etc.

  • You’re drinking sugared soda.

  • You’re not buying reduced-fat foods.

  • You’re drinking loads of alcoholic drinks

  • You’re drinking too much fruit juices.

  • You’re using cannabis and succumbing to the munchies.

  • You have become less and less active.

  • See Also Below : “Who is not a good candidate for OJW”:

*Please add any other assessment items that are impacting YOU.


Dr. Rothstein invented OJW and provides OJW®: Weight-control in Brooklyn NY and Salem Oregon--an hour from where he lives in Portland. He teaches this service to Dental Professionals. Feel free to have your Dentist/Physician/ Dietitian contact him for further information.

Contact:; (718) 808-2656:

Who is not a good candidate for OJW:

Answer: Your mouth has many functions both obvious (talking) and not so obvious (sneezing) and is therefore the source of many pleasurable activities. The loss of any of them may provoke anxiety. Therefore one should think carefully about undertaking this method of weight control.

A partial list of poor candidates for OJW would include:

a. Persons who need to floss their teeth due to gum problems or other compulsive reasons.

b. Persons who speak abundantly for business or other reasons whose speech might be rendered less than perfectly clear because of being wired closed.

c. Persons whose sex life would be rendered intolerable if intimate oral functions were impaired… even a little.

d. Persons with multiple-missing, loose or decayed teeth

e. Those with psychological or emotional disorders who might feel powerless/ panicky with their mouths wired closed.

f. Those whose work functions might be impaired such as an actor, singer, waiter, teacher etc.

g. Persons with systemic diseases such as diabetics whose diets could not accommodate a liquid diet.

h. Persons who cannot breathe through their nose and whose breathing might be compromised by being held continuously in a closed bite teeth position.

i. Those who are highly allergic are more at risk.

j. Persons who have respiratory ailments such as snoring and/or sleep apnea as well as those who must use use a broncho-dilator spray such as asthmatics.

k. Persons who have a history of Temporo-Mandibular Joint dysfunction (TMJ). Learn more about the TMJ: [Information source number 1], [Information source number 2].

l. Persons who are taking oral pill/capsule form medications could encounter some difficulties trying to pass a large capsule into the mouth behind the last teeth. It would be virtually impossible if the wisdom teeth were fully in place.

m. Persons who compulsively clench/brux/gnash their teeth.

n. Persons who have, or are suspected of having, anorexia or bulemia to begin with.

o. Persons with frank unresolved periodontal (gum-tooth socket) problems.


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