An occasionally irregular blog about orthodontics

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The World Cup is over: now get back to work and read this blog on interceptive orthodontics!

The World Cup is over: now get back to work and read this blog on interceptive orthodontics!

Interceptive orthodontics:  Get back to work and read about orthodontics! Now that the World Cup is over, I can get back to work. It has been good to see that the blog readership has only dropped slightly since I reduced the number of my postings due to World Cup commitments. Or maybe more people were watching […]

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TADS are effective: The results of a trial

TADS are effective: The results of a trial

TADS are effective! More published evidence…. The World Cup is now moving to the final stages and I have begun the slow migration away from my television to return to the world of orthodontic research. This has allowed me to put together a blog post for this week.

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Does the wire matter?

Does the wire matter?

Does the wire matter? This blog is about wire. I thought that I should illustrate it with an orthodontic wire sculpture from the University of Washington. Each year the residents hold a competition on who can construct the best sculpture and this was the winner several years ago.

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To have and to hold: A systematic review of retention

To have and to hold: A systematic review of retention

To have and to hold: A systematic review of orthodontic retention We all know that retention is one of the great problems and mysteries in orthodontics. As a result, I am sure that you are no different from me and you have tried many different methods of retention, with varying success and disappointment.

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A shameless plug for the World Orthodontic Congress 2015

A shameless plug for the World Orthodontic Congress 2015

A shameless promotion for the 8th World Orthodontic Congress to be held in London 2015 I have been taking a short break over the last week and not had much time to write a blog, I am also spending some time writing a long(ish) blog about cephalometrics. As a result, I thought that I should […]

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Most read posts

Should we stop using cephalometrics in orthodontic research?

Should we stop using cephalometrics in orthodontic research?

Should we stop using cephalometrics in orthodontic research? This blog is concerned with my personal opinion on the use of cephalometrics in orthodontic research. Some people may not share this view, and I hope that this is not too controversial.

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The great unanswered questions about orthodontic treatment?

The great unanswered questions about orthodontic treatment?

What don’t we know about orthodontics? I am making this post a little brief, as I am snowed under with writing up a research project with a short deadline. I also want to highlight my opinion on the great unanswered questions in orthodontic treatment and then make these the subject of future blog posts.  So […]

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Top ten papers that have influenced me!

Top ten papers that have influenced me!

The top 10 papers that have influenced my career? This blog is going to be a simple list that I hope people find interesting. I have given some thought to the top ten papers that have influenced me. These are not necessarily the “best” pieces of orthodontic research.

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A bit of a controversial orthodontic blog?

A bit of a controversial orthodontic blog?

A bit of a controversial orthodontic blog? In my blog last week I said that I was going to cover split mouth studies and issues that we should consider when planning or interpreting these for orthodontic research.  But, this was getting a bit complicated and I have decided to cover this in the New Year. […]

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Orthodontic treatment and trauma to the front teeth: Are the risks reduced?

Orthodontic treatment and trauma to the front teeth: Are the risks reduced?

Early orthodontic treatment for Class II malocclusion reduces the risk of trauma to the front teeth:  How do we interpret this data; Odds, Risk and Numbers needed to treat? In my last blog, I described the results of our Cochrane Systematic review into the effectiveness of treatment for Class II malocclusion (http://goo.gl/9aLWlU). 

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Research methods

Self Ligation: Another nail in the coffin?

Self Ligation: Another nail in the coffin?

Self Ligation: Another nail in the coffin? In this blog I am going to review a paper from the most recent edition of the AJO-DDO. This is another trial of self-ligating brackets that reveals there are no advantages to using these brackets. This is contrary to the claims made by the manufacturers and on many […]

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How do we make teeth move faster?

How do we make teeth move faster?

How do we make teeth move faster? If we all had a wish list of our hopes to improve orthodontic treatment, I am sure that one which would be close to the top would be the development of a method to make teeth move faster.

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Oral hygiene, orthodontics and knee surgery: two unrelated papers.

Oral hygiene, orthodontics and knee surgery: two unrelated papers.

Oral Hygiene, orthodontics and knee surgery: Two unrelated but interesting papers. This blog is based around  two papers that I have recently read and enjoyed. The first is on the effect of visual aids on oral hygiene in orthodontic patients and the second is a trial of knee surgery compared to a sham operation.

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Fast or slow expansion: Which is the best?

Fast or slow expansion: Which is the best?

Fast or slow expansion, which is the best? This week I am looking at a paper that was picked up by the Dental Elf, via Twitter. The Dental Elf is an excellent portal for dissemination of information and is one of my favourite sources of papers and up to date discussion.  They flagged this paper […]

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Acid etching and split mouth studies

Acid etching and split mouth studies

A systematic review of acid etching and discussion of split mouth studies! This blog is a little late because prior to Christmas I really overdid the work on my computer, and made things worse by adopting a poor posture when using my mouse. As a result, I have got a severe case of mouse shoulder.  […]

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Clinical research

New Evidence on TADS and Brackets!

New Evidence on TADS and Brackets!

Two interesting papers from the European Journal of Orthodontics! The May edition of the EJO included two interesting papers.

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Is interceptive orthodontics a hopeless pipedream?

Is interceptive orthodontics a hopeless pipedream?

By on April 23, 2014 in Clinical Research, Recent posts with 3 Comments

Is interceptive orthodontics a hopeless pipedream? In this blog I will address another of the “great unanswered questions” in orthodontics that featured in a previous blog. This is the long-standing issue of whether it is possible to provide interceptive orthodontics and either “cure” orthodontic problems before they develop or make any eventual treatment easier. This […]

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The O’Begg Sonic Orthodontic Paradigm Bracket: Part 2

The O’Begg Sonic Orthodontic Paradigm Bracket: Part 2

By on April 14, 2014 in Clinical Research, Recent posts with 5 Comments

It is two months after the launch of the new orthodontic paradigm bracket system. Prof KO’B is meeting the marketing executive at the “University of Didsbury, South Manchester”. There is light rain outside Marketing executive: I just want to update you on the new orthodontic paradigm bracket system. Things are going well, we have held several […]

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To extract or not: The orthodontist’s endless dilemma?

To extract or not: The orthodontist’s endless dilemma?

The orthodontist’s dilemma This blog follows on from my post last week on the “unanswered questions in orthodontics” and is concerned with my interpretation of the extraction/non extraction dilemma that we face on daily basis.

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Careful with that Ceph, Eugene (Part 2). Do you need that orthodontic cephalogram?

Careful with that Ceph, Eugene (Part 2). Do you need that orthodontic cephalogram?

 A discussion on the need for cephalograms Over the past few days I have been in a heated debate on a General Dentistry forum about the lack of evidence underpinning one of the rapid orthodontic treatment systems that can be learnt from attending a two-day course at a hotel. As part of the debate the […]

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