Direct Access and the Six Month Dental recall: Taking decisions in uncertainty? This blog today is not about orthodontics, but it is about the interpretation of situations where there is a “lack of evidence” underpinning decisions. As a result, this is very relevant to all the clinical decisions that we may make in the face […]
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 […]
Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need; where to now? The Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need is almost 40 years old and like many things that reach “middle age’ it is time for reflection on their value. Peter Brook and Bill Shaw developed this measure, while Pete was on the specialty training program at the same time as […]
Pain on debonding and our old friend the unerupted canine This blog is concerned with two recently published papers. They are about pain on debonding and our old friend the unerupted canine. A randomised controlled trial to assess the pain associated with debonding orthodontic fixed appliances L Manghall et al Journal of Orthodontics 2013:40: 188-196 […]
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.
Evidence based de-implementation. Should we stop some of what we are doing? Over the past few months, I have made a real effort to read the general literature on evidence based care. I came across this very interesting paper concerned with the re-evaluation of the evidence underpinning established clinical practice. It was written by Vinay […]
The interpretation of results of a study that looked at bullying in Schoolchildren Just before Christmas a paper was published in the American Journal of orthodontics on teasing and bullying in schoolchildren.
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).
Looking forward or back? The randomised trial and the retrospective investigation At the last European Orthodontic Congress they held a debate on the value of the randomised trial versus the retrospective investigation.
Treatment of Class III Malocclusion: A new Cochrane Review Well, I am now recovering from what is termed “minor” surgery. The first step in my process of seeking care was to have a really good look at the relevant Cochrane Reviews. The reviews were useful but were not conclusive, as is unfortunately the case […]
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. […]
December’s Big Orthodontic Research Update: Part 1. Diagnostic records and methods of canine exposure
December’s big orthodontic research update: Part 1 Records and canines Today it did not get properly light in Manchester, North of England and I have spent some time reading recent publications. This is a busy time for publishing trials and systematic reviews and I have decided to divide this up into two blogs. The first […]
What do we know about Class II orthodontic treatment? A new Cochrane Systematic Review This week on the Blog I am joined by Badri Thiruvenkatachari, who has worked with me for several years, and was the lead author on our updated Cochrane Systematic Review, on the treatment of Class II malocclusion, published last week.
Sense about Science: Reducing uncertainty in orthodontic treatment I spend a large amount of time browsing websites looking for interesting articles on research that is relevant or even not relevant to orthodontics. One of the most interesting sites is Sense about Science
Distal movement of molars: A new Cochrane Review Orthodontic treatment for distalising upper first molars in children and adults Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013. Issue 10. Today I am going to review a systematic review with which I worked on as as a co-investigator. Several years ago we decided that we would review […]
Careful with that radiation…. I know that I have said this before, but occasionally a paper comes along that really makes me think and this is one. I came across this in the EJO advanced section of the website. This study was carried out by a good team based in Leuven and they investigated the […]
What do we know about Fluoride and orthodontic decalcification? When I first started this blog I thought that I will be posting about once a week. However, orthodontic researchers have been busy and I’m going to have to post more regularly. This blog is concerned with fluoride and its effectiveness in preventing decalcification.
Post Christmas Blog: Top 10 posts of 2013 This is my first blog post of 2014 or my last of 2013. It is not going to be long, partly, because I am still on the long UK Christmas Holidays, but more importantly I have managed to hurt my neck and shoulder due to poor posture […]
“Your whole life is lived through your teeth.” When I was messing about on the internet and scanning my daily subscribed orthodontic and dental news feeds through Feedly, a great news reader, (www.feedly.com). I came across this paper from a team in Newcastle, in the far North of England (where it rarely gets light in […]
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. […]