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Are Class II elastics as effective as a functional appliance?  A trial that may answer this question

Are Class II elastics as effective as a functional appliance? A trial that may answer this question

By on December 22, 2016 in Recent posts with 6 Comments

Are elastics as effective as a functional appliance?  A trial that may answer this question Occasionally when I have given a lecture on functional appliances several people have asked whether I think class II elastics have a similar effect to the functional appliance. I have always replied that I am not too sure. This new paper […]

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Another trial on surgical methods of speeding up tooth movement….I’m not convinced..

Another trial on surgical methods of speeding up tooth movement….I’m not convinced..

By on November 14, 2016 in Recent posts with 7 Comments

Another trial on speeding up tooth movement Over the past couple of years several investigators have done randomised trials into methods of speeding up tooth movement. Earlier this year I managed to miss this study into the effects of corticotomy and piezocision. I am going to discuss this now.

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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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A simple summary of the need for Orthodontic Extractions..

A simple summary of the need for Orthodontic Extractions..

 Orthodontic Extractions: a simple summary This is Billy Biley, a cartoon character drawn by my son when he was seven years old. There may be a deeper meaning to this picture, but it now reflects my panic since I opened the Pandora’s box of  orthodontic extractions. In my previous three posts, I  outlined research projects that  evaluated […]

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The effectiveness of the Herbst appliance for patients with Class II malocclusion: A systematic review

The effectiveness of the Herbst appliance for patients with Class II malocclusion: A systematic review

By on November 9, 2015 in Recent posts, Research Methods with 1 Comment

Is the Herbst appliance effective? This is certainly the season for systematic reviews and last week I was I came across this one on the treatment of Class II malocclusion using the Herbst appliance.  I have always been interested in this appliance and we carried out a large randomised trial that evaluated the relative effects […]

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