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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 0 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 4 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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The O’Begg Sonic Novel Orthodontic Paradigm bracket!

The O’Begg Sonic Novel Orthodontic Paradigm bracket!

By on April 9, 2014 in General stuff, Recent posts with 17 Comments

The novel paradigm in orthodontic treatment It is now coming to a holiday season and I thought that I should write a light hearted blog.  Please remember this a joke and not intended to be serious.

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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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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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Pain on debonding and our old friend the unerupted canine

Pain on debonding and our old friend the unerupted canine

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 […]

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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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What do we know about  Class II orthodontic treatment ? A new Cochrane Systematic Review

What do we know about Class II orthodontic treatment ? A new Cochrane Systematic Review

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.

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Research methods

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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December’s Big Orthodontic Research Update: Part 1. Diagnostic records and methods of canine exposure

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 […]

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Can we reduce uncertainty in orthodontic treatment?

Can we reduce uncertainty in orthodontic treatment?

 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

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Clinical research

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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Evidence based de-implementation in orthodontics.  Should we stop some of what we are doing?

Evidence based de-implementation in orthodontics. Should we stop some of what we are doing?

By on January 30, 2014 in Clinical Research with 6 Comments

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 […]

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Careful with that radiation..Eugene

Careful with that radiation..Eugene

By on January 21, 2014 in Clinical Research, Recent posts with 5 Comments

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 […]

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Fluoride and orthodontic decalcification: Does it have an effect?

Fluoride and orthodontic decalcification: Does it have an effect?

By on January 16, 2014 in Clinical Research, Recent posts with 1 Comment

 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.

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Bullying in Schoolchildren in Jordan and Rationalism

Bullying in Schoolchildren in Jordan and Rationalism

By on January 12, 2014 in Clinical Research with 3 Comments

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.

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