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How to read a systematic review:  Some tips and tricks

How to read a systematic review: Some tips and tricks

How I read a systematic review Over the past year I have blogged several times on systematic reviews and I have occasionally been critical of the methods adopted by some investigators. It seems that the number of published reviews is increasing and I feel that we are coming under pressure to keep up with the […]

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A systematic review that shows TADS are effective!

A systematic review that shows TADS are effective!

A systematic review that shows TADS are effective! In my last two blog posts I have outlined the findings of two systematic reviews which I felt did not provide high levels of evidence. This week I am going to review a recent Cochrane review, but I shall declare an interest because I am a co-author.

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How effective is the Frankel III appliance?

How effective is the Frankel III appliance?

By on August 21, 2014 in Clinical Research, Recent posts with 13 Comments

How effective is the Frankel III appliance? It is certainly the season for systematic reviews at the moment and I have decided to do another post this week, so that I can keep up to speed with the literature. In addition to the review in my last posting three other reviews have been published this […]

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Short term effects of the Twin Block appliance?

Short term effects of the Twin Block appliance?

Short term effects of the Twin Block I am now back from my summer holidays and ready to start up the blog again. While I was away several systematic reviews have been published and there have been several comments on my blog post on self ligation. I will do my best to cover these over […]

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Do I still believe in evidence based orthodontics?

Do I still believe in evidence based orthodontics?

Do I still believe in evidence based orthodontics? Every now and then a paper comes along that makes me stop and think about how I practice and what I have taught over the past thirty years.  Professor Trisha Greenhalgh and colleagues published one of these papers in the British Medical Journal several weeks ago.

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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

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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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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Clinical research

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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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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