An occasionally irregular blog about orthodontics

Research Methods

Concerned with research in orthodontics particularly clinical trials and systematic reviews

Early Class II treatment is effective! A retrospective study…

Early Class II treatment is effective! A retrospective study…

Early Class II treatment is effective! A retrospective study… The effectiveness of early Class II treatment is one of the areas of orthodontic treatment that has being extensively researched  with randomised trials that have then been included in systematic reviews. This large body of research has concluded that there are limited advantages in undertaking early treatment when […]

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Historical controls are not valid for orthodontic research?

Historical controls are not valid for orthodontic research?

Historical controls are not valid for orthodontic research This post is about the use of historical controls in orthodontic research and is based on a new paper in the EJO. To some readers this may appear to be a little dry, but I think that this paper is very important as it provides information that may […]

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Do functional appliances influence skeletal pattern? More reviews giving us the answer!

Do functional appliances influence skeletal pattern? More reviews giving us the answer!

Do functional appliances influence skeletal pattern? More reviews giving us the answer! I have just returned from the excellent AAO meeting in Orlando, where I met many followers of my blog. It was great to receive their feedback and I am genuinely surprised at how many people follow my postings. In this week’s post I’m going […]

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AcceleDent does not reduce orthodontic pain: Another trial…..

AcceleDent does not reduce orthodontic pain: Another trial…..

AcceleDent does not reduce orthodontic pain: Another trial.. One of the main purposes of my blog is to help keep up with the literature and at the moment there are several papers being published on the clinical effects of methods of speeding up orthodontic treatment. Several manufacturers also claim that their innovations reduce orthodontic pain, […]

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Does OrthoPulse work? The results of another trial…

Does OrthoPulse work? The results of another trial…

Does OrthoPulse work? The results of another trial… A few weeks ago I posted on a pilot study that evaluated the effectiveness of phototherapy on  orthodontic tooth movement.  This post is on a new study that looks at whether phototherapy (OrthoPulse) increases rate of orthodontic space closure. I felt that this was an interesting study and decided […]

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