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Fixed retainers do not prevent relapse? A long term study.

Fixed retainers do not prevent relapse? A long term study.

By on July 3, 2017 in Recent posts with 21 Comments

Fixed retainers do not prevent relapse: A long term study. One of the greatest challenges in orthodontic treatment is our ability to retain our treatment.  Even though orthodontic retainers have been researched for years, our level of knowledge about retention is surprisingly low. This new paper provides us with interesting, but perhaps, disappointing information.

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Do orthodontic retainers and extractions reduce marginal bone levels?

Do orthodontic retainers and extractions reduce marginal bone levels?

By on February 13, 2017 in Recent posts with 4 Comments

Do orthodontic retainers and extractions reduce marginal bone levels? This post is about a new study that investigates the effect of retainers and extractions on marginal bone levels. I thought it was very interesting as it included an evaluation of the effect of extractions.

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Which orthodontic retainers cause the most plaque accumulation?

Which orthodontic retainers cause the most plaque accumulation?

By on December 19, 2016 in Recent posts with 10 Comments

Which orthodontic retainers cause the most plaque accumulation? I have used bonded orthodontic retainers for many years. However, I have always been a little concerned about their potential for causing  periodontal harm. This new study provides useful information and identifies a potential issue with retainers that are bonded to all the anterior teeth.  

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Are bonded retainers better than vacuum formed orthodontic retainers? A new trial lets us know.

Are bonded retainers better than vacuum formed orthodontic retainers? A new trial lets us know.

By on September 12, 2016 in Recent posts with 24 Comments

Are bonded retainers better than vacuum formed orthodontic retainers? A new trial lets us know. I’m sure that we all feel that retention is one of the most difficult problems in orthodontics. There are several different types of orthodontic retainers but we are not really sure on which is the most effective. This new trial provides […]

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Is it better to use a fixed or removable appliance to correct a crossbite?: The final answer!

Is it better to use a fixed or removable appliance to correct a crossbite?: The final answer!

What is the best method of crossbite correction: The answer! A few months ago I posted on the results of a trial of methods to correct anterior crossbites. Since then I have found several other papers from this trial and I have rewritten my original post to combine the findings into a single definitive post […]

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