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Archive for August, 2016

Do it yourself orthodontics revisited: Invisalign and SmileDirectClub and others…

Do it yourself orthodontics revisited: Invisalign and SmileDirectClub and others…

By on August 30, 2016 in Personal opinion, Recent posts with 13 Comments

Do it yourself orthodontics: You do not even need to see a dentist! This post is a follow-up edit to a previous post on do it yourself orthodontics.  I have revisited this subject, as I think that it has become more relevant since Invisalign announced that they had agreed to supply aligners to SmileDirectClub.  This is […]

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Do orthodontic patients wear their removable appliances?

Do orthodontic patients wear their removable appliances?

By on August 26, 2016 in Clinical Research, Recent posts with 7 Comments

How long do patients wear their removable appliances? One of the greatest problems with removable orthodontic appliances is that they require considerable amounts of patient co-operation. Recently, timing devices that can be fitted into removable appliances have been developed, so that we can measure patient co-operation. I came across this interesting paper that reported on a […]

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Does chewing gum reduce orthodontic pain?

Does chewing gum reduce orthodontic pain?

By on August 22, 2016 in Clinical Research, Recent posts with 6 Comments

Does chewing gum reduce orthodontic pain? One of the most common side-effect of orthodontic treatment is pain immediately following the placement or adjustment of appliances. This  affects 70- 95% of children at frequent time periods during their orthodontic treatment. If there was a method of reducing this pain without taking analgesics, I am sure that this […]

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Breathe, breathe in the air: Part 3 Does orthodontic treatment cure childhood breathing  problems?

Breathe, breathe in the air: Part 3 Does orthodontic treatment cure childhood breathing problems?

Breathe, breathe in the air: Does orthodontic treatment cure childhood breathing problems? This is the third and final part of my series on childhood sleep disordered breathing and orthodontics and is about the effects of orthodontic treatment. In the first post of this series we concluded that the first line treatment for children with sleep disordered […]

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A new trial shows that we can accelerate orthodontic tooth movement!

A new trial shows that we can accelerate orthodontic tooth movement!

By on August 9, 2016 in Recent posts with 7 Comments

A new trial shows that we can accelerate orthodontic tooth movement! I have posted before about the various new methods of attempting to accelerate orthodontic tooth movement. Most of these studies were inconclusive, poorly done or revealed that the new developments were not effective. But, we now have a trial that shows that orthodontic tooth movement […]

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