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A New Years Hopes and Dreams orthodontic blog

By on January 6, 2015 in Personal opinion, Recent posts with 8 Comments
A New Years Hopes and Dreams orthodontic blog

A New Year Hopes and Dreams Orthodontic Blog

I hope that everyone who took a holiday over the Christmas and New Year period had a good time and enjoyed themselves. I decided to take a proper UK holiday and took two weeks off work!  This has resulted in a period of blog inactivity.

I have decided to make this post an introduction to the year and describe my plans for the blog and “hopes and dreams” for orthodontics over the coming year.


cropped-blog_header_creditI continue to be surprised at how many times the blog is read.  Hits were steady over Christmas and then there was a burst of activity following a Facebook mention by Gerry Samson, this resulted in 1,500 hits over  last weekend.  This has made me realise that readers are going back over posts or they are new readers. As a result, I am going to work on a better method of archiving posts so that people can access related posts and subjects more easily.

One of the most popular posts was the one on a clinical guide to functional appliances, that I wrote with Jonathan Sandler. This was a more clinical based post and we are going to publish several of these next year. I have not asked him yet, but he will agree!

Finally, I am going to approach other people to see if they are interested in writing guest blog posts.  It would be great if they could agree to this, as it would add more variety and make the blog a more useful resource, rather than you reading my thoughts all the time.

Orthodontic Hopes and Dreams

image-hopes-and-dreamsI have several hopes for this year.

I would like to see more clinical trials published in the journals.  It would also be great if the journals would make these papers open access and not hide them away behind the paywall.  It would also be a real development if the journal did not publish low quality research that does not add to evidence and merely increases uncertainty.

It would also be real development  if some of those who make claims about their appliances, philosophies, new paradigms and speedy treatments would back these up with evidence.  This does not simply mean the advertisers, we are looking at you clinical advocates!

Conversely, those of us who are perhaps more traditional and demand high quality evidence about everything should not be dismissive of new developments. We should welcome these developments, but still ask for the evidence

Later this year from 27th-30th September the World Federation of Orthodontists Conference will be held in London. This will be a great meeting with world class speakers and social programme.  I encourage as many of you to come as possible and further details are here WFO 2015.

Finally, I hope that you have a good year and continue to enjoy reading and commenting on the blog.

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  1. John Mew says:

    I did post you but no reply. Would you like to discuss the evidence on oral posture? John.

    • Kevin O'Brien says:

      Thanks for the comment. I will reply to your other comment over the weekend. I plan to do a blog on Orthotropics and Mike is sending me some references. I would like to review your book, can you let me have access to a copy? Best wishes Kevin

      • John says:

        Thanks for your interest Kevin, I really do think the long-term option of changing oral posture will prove more efficacious, and in the right hands more effective than fixed appliances. Let me have an address and I will send you a book on loan. Best wishes John.

  2. Jayaram Mailankody says:

    Nice beginning for a bright 2015. Your admission that ” those of us more traditional and demand high quality evidence about everything……. should welcome these developments” is a good outlook. It also reminds us that in a clinical discipline of very high variation, like orthodontics, statistics may not be the ultimate/appropriate tool to measure outcome or success. As you rightly noted, ‘clinical advocates’ may be analysed critically and objectively, and if found feasible, put into practical applications in small scale(pilot). That’s probably the way for clinical progress in therapy, in the larger interests of patients and community.

  3. Arunachalam Sivakumar says:

    I am seeing the orthodontic developments since 2001, and its been an electrifying journey. Year after year I did notice plenty of developmental ramifications in orthodontic research and practice. However,a deep concern is about the claims made by many clinicians regarding rapid orthodontic techniques in recent times. I sense its being abused at all levels and we sincerely need a strong evidence to prove the point. I strongly hope for 2015.

  4. Hi Prof’,
    Really enjoying your blog-access is the key.

  5. Frank Weiland says:

    Dear Kevin,
    your comments made me think of part this wonderful poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling:
    “If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think – but not make thoughts your aim.
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    and treat those two imposters just the same”

    Keep the good work going! I enjoyed every single blog from the beginning!

  6. Fang Hua says:

    Dear Prof. O’Brien,
    Your idea of inviting guest blogs sounds very exciting. Experts in orthodontics usually have their own main interests and strengths. It would be so good that by following your blog we can also get access to the thoughts of other giants, without the common delay in traditional publication process. It will make this blog more like a ‘Journal of Evidence-Based Orthodontics’ which we all need. Thank you very much.


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