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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 13 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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Class III protraction headgear avoids orthognathic surgery: A discussion

Class III protraction headgear avoids orthognathic surgery: A discussion

By on September 8, 2016 in Clinical Research, Recent posts with 4 Comments

Class III protraction headgear avoids orthognathic surgery: A discussion My last post on Class III protraction headgear reducing the need for orthognathic surgery was read very widely.  Several people have made comments directly and via social media. I feel that these comments were interesting and relevant. I have done an additional post so that I […]

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Early Class III protraction treatment works and reduces the need for orthognathic surgery:  A  trial that shows us something useful!

Early Class III protraction treatment works and reduces the need for orthognathic surgery: A trial that shows us something useful!

By on September 5, 2016 in Clinical Research, Recent posts with 20 Comments

Early Class III protraction treatment works and reduces the need for orthognathic surgery:  A randomised trial that shows us something useful! Once in a while a study team carries out a trial that provides us with very useful clinical information.  This post is about a paper that shows us that early Class III protraction facemask treatment reduces […]

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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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