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Which is better Invisalign or Fixed Appliances: Part 2: Does this new systematic review help?

Which is better Invisalign or Fixed Appliances: Part 2: Does this new systematic review help?

By on June 19, 2017 in Recent posts with 9 Comments

Which is better Invisalign or Fixed Appliances: Part 2: Does this new systematic review help? This is the second of two posts on the effectiveness of Invisalign and Fixed Appliances. Last week I looked at a retrospective study and this week I will look at a new systematic review. A lot of people read this post and […]

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Big Data and orthodontic research

Big Data and orthodontic research

By on June 15, 2017 in Recent posts with 5 Comments

‘Big Data’ This is the first of the guest posts on my blog. It is by Professor Phil Benson, who is Professor of Orthodontics at the University of Sheffield (North of England). We have worked together for many years. His post is on the use of “big data” in orthodontic research as a potential source […]

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Which is better Invisalign v Fixed appliances: Does this study help?

Which is better Invisalign v Fixed appliances: Does this study help?

By on June 12, 2017 in Recent posts with 17 Comments

Which is better Invisalign v Fixed appliances: Does this study help? There is no doubt that the development of aligners has changed orthodontics.  However, I often wonder if we know whether aligners “work as well” as fixed appliances.  This post is about a newly published study that provides us with some information. (Visited 6,608 times, […]

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Damon advertising is judged to breach a UK advertising code…

Damon advertising is judged to breach a UK advertising code…

By on June 7, 2017 in Recent posts with 13 Comments

Damon advertising is judged to breach a UK advertising code… I recently came across a ruling by the UK Advertising Standards Authority on Damon bracket advertising.  They concluded that the evidence provided by Ormco was not adequate to demonstrate that Damon braces provided faster and less painful treatment than traditional braces. I have cut and paste the […]

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Lets talk about micro-osteoperforation….

Lets talk about micro-osteoperforation….

By on June 5, 2017 in Recent posts with 13 Comments

Lets talk about micro-osteoperforation…. At a recent conference I was discussing “ways to make teeth move faster”.  After my presentation a delegate asked me about the evidence that underpinned micro-osteoperforation or MOPS.  So, let’s talk about MOPS/Propel… (Visited 3,124 times, 7 visits today)

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Manchester

Manchester

By on May 24, 2017 in Recent posts with 6 Comments

Manchester Following the attack on the crowd at the Manchester Arena last week, it has been a hard week for those of us who live in Manchester.  I have decided that orthodontics and blogs are not important.  As a result, I have not written a blog post for next week. But please click through to my blog […]

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Popular posts

I have decided to become an orthodontic quack and snake oil salesman!

I have decided to become an orthodontic quack and snake oil salesman!

I have decided to become an orthodontic quack and snake oil salesman! I have always been interested in orthodontic developments that may not be considered to be mainstream. These are often promoted by practitioners who consider themselves to be “mavericks” or “great thinkers”. I have debated their techniques many times with them with limited success. […]

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Should General Dentists provide orthodontic treatment?

Should General Dentists provide orthodontic treatment?

Should general dentists provide orthodontic treatment? In this post I’m going to discuss the rather controversial area of whether general dentists should provide orthodontic treatment. I will also risk discussing Short-Term Orthodontics (STO), Six Month Smiles, Anterior Alignment Orthodontics and Fast Braces. (Visited 11,802 times, 6 visits today)

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Is it better to use a fixed or removable appliance to correct a crossbite?: The final answer!

Is it better to use a fixed or removable appliance to correct a crossbite?: The final answer!

What is the best method of crossbite correction: The answer! A few months ago I posted on the results of a trial of methods to correct anterior crossbites. Since then I have found several other papers from this trial and I have rewritten my original post to combine the findings into a single definitive post […]

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AcceleDent again. Cyclic vibration accelerates tooth movement; A clinical trial!

AcceleDent again. Cyclic vibration accelerates tooth movement; A clinical trial!

AcceleDent again. Cyclic vibration accelerates tooth movement; A clinical trial! Earlier this year I posted about AcceleDent. This was a popular posting and was read 4,000 times. Since then several people suggested to me that I had not been critical enough of this new technology. I took this approach because they had developed a cautious […]

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Early Class II treatment. Part 2: Are we clinician scientists or barber surgeons?

Early Class II treatment. Part 2: Are we clinician scientists or barber surgeons?

Early Class II treatment. Part 2; Are we clinician scientists or barber surgeons? This is the second part of my post from last week. This is concerned with  our presentation at the early treatment point/counterpoint discussion at the AAO conference 2015. Jonathan Sandler started our session by discussing further data from the systematic review. He also […]

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Early Class II treatment: Part 1: The wheel keeps turning.   Uncertainty and the Pyramid of Denial

Early Class II treatment: Part 1: The wheel keeps turning. Uncertainty and the Pyramid of Denial

Early Class II treatment. The wheel keeps turning:  Uncertainty and the Pyramid of Denial This post is about early Class II treatment.  I have decided to revisit this following a joint presentation that Jonathan Sandler and I did at the recent AAO congress in San Francisco. We were asked to participate in a point/counterpoint debate on early Class […]

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Personal opinions

A brief guide to removable functional appliance treatment

A brief guide to removable functional appliance treatment

A brief guide to removable functional appliance treatment. Last weeks posting on removable functional appliances and the results of a recent systematic review attracted a lot of interest and was hit almost 1000 times a day. I also received more comments than any other post. These are worth reading. As a result, I have decided […]

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Removable functional appliances do not change skeletal pattern to a clinically meaningful amount

Removable functional appliances do not change skeletal pattern to a clinically meaningful amount

Functional appliances do not influence skeletal pattern… This post is on functional appliances, which is an area that I have covered several times. A few postings ago I mentioned that the journals are publishing more and more systematic reviews. I also made the point in a previous post, that we need to critically read these […]

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New evidence on the treatment of palatally displaced canines!

New evidence on the treatment of palatally displaced canines!

Should we extract primary canines to prevent palatal canine impactions? This post is on the most recent evidence on the effectiveness of removing primary canines in the hope that this encourages the eruption of palatally displaced permanent canines (PDC). As we all know, this is an established procedure that is practiced widely. (Visited 2,640 times, 2 visits […]

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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. (Visited […]

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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. (Visited 1,114 times, 1 visits today)

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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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Clinical research

The need for speedy orthodontic treatment: Low level laser light therapy makes teeth move faster:  Or does it?

The need for speedy orthodontic treatment: Low level laser light therapy makes teeth move faster: Or does it?

By on November 28, 2016 in Clinical Research, Recent posts with 5 Comments

The need for speed: Low level light therapy makes teeth move faster:  Or does it? It’s great to see that several studies are now being published on the new methods of making teeth move faster. The Angle Orthodontist recently published this new study.  It is about the effects of low level laser light therapy on the […]

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Can we ethically provide orthodontic treatment for children with obstructive sleep apnoea?

Can we ethically provide orthodontic treatment for children with obstructive sleep apnoea?

By on October 24, 2016 in Clinical Research, Recent posts with 23 Comments

Can we ethically provide orthodontic treatment for children with obstructive sleep apnoea? Earlier this year I published several posts on breathing and orthodontics. This new post is a follow-up that has been prompted by an updated Cochrane review on the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea in children. I will discuss the review and then the ethics […]

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Oh no! More white spot lesions..what can we do? A new trial….

Oh no! More white spot lesions..what can we do? A new trial….

By on October 17, 2016 in Clinical Research, Recent posts with 9 Comments

Oh no more white spot lesions..what can we do: A new trial! We all know that white spot lesions (WSL) are one of the disappointing  adverse effects of orthodontic treatment. Unfortunately, we do not know much about methods of reducing the size of these lesions.  This post is about a trial that provides us with […]

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What is best for space closure?  NiTi or stainless steel springs…

What is best for space closure? NiTi or stainless steel springs…

By on October 10, 2016 in Clinical Research, Recent posts with 28 Comments

What is best for space closure?  NiTi or stainless steel springs… This week’s post is about orthodontic space closure and I’m going to discuss a recent paper about a  trial of two types of space closing spring. I felt that this was an interesting clinical question (Visited 4,792 times, 1 visits today)

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Do “orthodontic” pacifiers work?  Someone has done a trial!

Do “orthodontic” pacifiers work? Someone has done a trial!

By on October 3, 2016 in Clinical Research, Recent posts with 1 Comment

Do “orthodontic” pacifiers work:  Someone has done a trial! When my children were babies we gave them pacifiers (or dummies) when we were trying to get them to sleep at night!  We weaned them off them after about a year and so we did no harm. Since then many concerned mothers have asked me  whether I […]

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What can we do about missing lateral incisors?

What can we do about missing lateral incisors?

By on September 26, 2016 in Clinical Research, Recent posts with 12 Comments

What can we do about missing lateral incisors? One of my most popular posts was on the dilemma of whether we should open or close space to replace missing lateral incisors. This generated a lot of debate. Do we have more evidence on this important question?  A systematic review that the AJO-DDO has just published may […]

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