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Review of the year? From speeding up treatment, extractions and snake oil

By on December 14, 2016 in Recent posts with 5 Comments

Review of the year? From speeding up treatment, extractions and snake oil!

As we are now getting close to the end of the year, I have done a review of the year based on the top ten most widely read blog posts.

I have now been doing this blog for three years. I am very pleased that it has become widely read. In the first year it was read 87,000 times and this has increased to 325,000 this year.  Some posts have been more popular than others.

These are the top ten most read posts for this year.  If you want to revisit them just click on the links…it is worth having another look at them because of the comments and discussions!

Let’s talk about AcceleDent

This was a summary post about the trials that have reported on the effects of AcceleDent.  Some may think that I have a problem with this intervention, as I keep posting about it. This is not the case, what I find interesting is that a product was developed, widely adopted and sold by orthodontists and yet no research has shown that it actually works.

Welcome to do-it-yourself orthodontics

This post was about the new systems that have been developed which enable people to get orthodontic treatment without seeing a dentist or orthodontist.  They simply take their own impressions and the company posts the aligners to them.  Then they straighten their own teeth.

Lets talk about Fastbraces

This was a discussion about Fastbraces…

Early protraction headgear for Class III malocclusion: A trial that actually shows us something

This was about a great paper from the North West of England that showed that protraction headgear used for a sample of 8 year old patients reduced the need for orthographic surgery.

Do orthodontic extractions change soft tissue profile?

The title says it all, this post generated a lot of good and heated discussion.

Do it yourself orthodontics: Invisalign, Smile Direct Club and other stuff

In this post, I outlined the new initiative by Invisalign in which they are working with Smile Direct Club, which is a direct to the patient form of treatment.

30 years of orthodontics: What has changed?

This was a simple list of musings of an academic orthodontist who is entering the final stages of his clinical career.  The discussion was interesting.

Oh no we have a white spot lesion on debond!

This post was very  popular. I think that this was because this study provided evidence for the treatment of white spots.

I have decided to become and orthodontic snake oil salesman!

This was a light hearted discussion of orthodontic sales and their ethics.  It was not targeted at any particular philosophy, group of practitioners or individual people. I think that some of the comments were brilliant!

Fixed functional appliances do not make mandibles grown: A massive cephalometric festival of data

Again, this was a very popular post because it dealt with a common clinical problem.

Finally, I am planning to work harder on the blog next year, I am hoping to get guest authors to write some posts, I will also add a new section on the classic papers that have influenced our practice and I will develop an app (my residents and post graduates have pointed out to me that I am now getting old fashioned and need to do this!)

I am also hoping to make this blog multi lingual. Some of the posts have been translated into Portuguese by Klaus Barretto Lopes who is working with us in Manchester and I am grateful to him for this support. I am looking for volunteers who are willing to commit to translating the posts into any other language next year. If you want to help just let me know?  There will be no money for doing this, as the blog is free!

Thanks for reading this blog over the year. A regular post will appear next week.

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  1. JS says:

    I’ll translate them into English . . . if you wish!

  2. ? report, keep up the good work. Cheers and God bless . Joe

  3. Paul Beath says:

    Thankyou for such an informative and entertaining experience with your Blog. I am very grateful for your time and effort.
    I found your blog
    “Early protraction headgear for Class III malocclusion: A trial that actually shows us something” particularly enlightening not only for the excellent interpretation of science but the clear delineation of the real problem in dentistry the rigidity of a world view once it is formed.
    My own experience was with local CPD removed from our association site claiming “orthodontic treatment should be started very young” by someone without formal orthodontic training and that “tongue scalloping was 70% predictive of OSA” based on this study.
    Weiss, T.M., S. Atanasov, and K.H. Calhoun, The Association of Tongue Scalloping With Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Related Sleep Pathology. Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 2005. 133(6): p. 966-971.
    The responses tended to follow the same pattern as the blog debate
    Science needs no interpretation. If its in the abstract or conclusion it is useable as equitable evidence
    Cochrane never comes to a conclusion and is therefore useless
    Best practice is better than best evidence and best practice is eminence and opinion based
    Science prevents innovation
    The assembling of heuristics to form a consensus equals truth.
    I somehow think I have described the US presidential election here but the true enemy of truth seems to be the rigidly formed mindlines of a group then locked into that position by their own social capital.

    Keep up the brilliant work!

    Paul Beath

  4. Dr. Eman Fatani says:

    For the effort you put in this blog Ihave learned about it from a postgraduate resident and have recommended it to all my students even undergrads interested in research
    I am now learning to read articles with a new perspective
    keep up the good work of sharing

  5. Sarah says:

    I’m a fan of this blog. I definitely want to help and translate to spanish your posts!

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