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Systematic reviews

Do orthodontic extractions change soft tissue profiles?

Do orthodontic extractions change soft tissue profiles?

Do premolar extractions influence soft tissue profile in Class II cases? As we all know the extraction/non-extraction debate  continues in orthodontic and dental circles. My feeling is that most of the opinions on either side tend to lack an evidence base, because there is a dearth of research on orthodontic extractions. I was, therefore, pleased […]

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Which are best?  Fixed or removable functional appliances….

Which are best? Fixed or removable functional appliances….

By on December 14, 2015 in Recent posts, Systematic reviews, Trials with 9 Comments

Which are best? Fixed or removable functional appliances…. Over the past few months I have covered several interesting and clinically relevant systematic reviews. I was pleased to come across this new review on the effects of fixed versus removable function appliances published in the European Journal of Orthodontics. Our choice of functional appliances is important […]

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Can we speed up orthodontic treatment?

Can we speed up orthodontic treatment?

Can we make teeth move faster? A summary of current evidence There is no doubt that all orthodontists would like to speed up orthodontic treatment, as shorter treatment times would clearly benefit our patients. Over the past five years several methods to speed up treatment have been developed and in this post I’m going to discuss […]

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Two years of this orthodontic blog: Temporary Anchorage Devices revisited.

Two years of this orthodontic blog: Temporary Anchorage Devices revisited.

Two years of the blog! Temporary Anchorage Devices revisited This week the blog is two years old. I am very surprised to find that from being read by about 100 people in the first week, it was hit 20,000 in September and this was a new record.  It has now become a major part of […]

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How should we stop thumb sucking?

How should we stop thumb sucking?

How should we stop thumb sucking? We are all familiar with the young patient who sucks their thumb and has a developing malocclusion. I am also sure that we all have our favourite methods of helping these patients stopping their habit. But what is the evidence we have for recommending these  interventions?

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