An occasionally irregular blog about orthodontics

Tag: study design

Extracting primary canines intercepts permanent canine impaction!

Extracting primary canines intercepts permanent canine impaction!

The impaction of permanent canine teeth is a real problem. We frequently try to intercept this by extracting primary canines. But is this effective?

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The use of a phone app improves oral hygiene in orthodontic patients?

The use of a phone app improves oral hygiene in orthodontic patients?

By on September 11, 2017 in Recent posts with 3 Comments

Every now and then a team of investigators does a simple study that may result in a clinically useful finding. This blog post is about one of these studies.

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How to read a paper on a randomised clinical trial.

How to read a paper on a randomised clinical trial.

How to read a paper on a randomised clinical trial (revisited). Over the past few weeks, several people have asked me to republish some of my earlier posts on how to interpret papers.   I will start by providing an update on how to read a randomised clinical trial.  I hope that it is useful. .

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What is best for space closure?  NiTi or stainless steel springs…

What is best for space closure? NiTi or stainless steel springs…

By on October 10, 2016 in Clinical Research, Recent posts with 28 Comments

What is best for space closure?  NiTi or stainless steel springs… This week’s post is about orthodontic space closure and I’m going to discuss a recent paper about a  trial of two types of space closing spring. I felt that this was an interesting clinical question

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Does chewing gum reduce orthodontic pain?

Does chewing gum reduce orthodontic pain?

By on August 22, 2016 in Clinical Research, Recent posts with 6 Comments

Does chewing gum reduce orthodontic pain? One of the most common side-effect of orthodontic treatment is pain immediately following the placement or adjustment of appliances. This  affects 70- 95% of children at frequent time periods during their orthodontic treatment. If there was a method of reducing this pain without taking analgesics, I am sure that this […]

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