Clinical Orthodontics

How to improve our diagnostic acumen: Teach it to our residents — Part II Apr 21, 2014 | Orthodontics USA

How to improve our diagnostic acumen: Teach it to our residents — Part II

To continue the discussion regarding what our residents are missing in his or her orthodontic training, nothing is a better teacher than personal experience(s) regarding what we do and how we do it in our practices. Expert training is a reflection on the educators and mentors in postgraduate residency programs.

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Thinking outside the metal box: Why wait? Mar 4, 2014 | Orthodontics USA

Thinking outside the metal box: Why wait?

During the course of the last decade, the patient pendulum has shifted from “Do I have to wear braces?” to wanting to show off those braces via a “selfie” (also known as a self portrait with a camera at arm’s distance) that is posted to the Internet via a social media site. With this pendulum shift, there is a much stronger desire to show off a smile, face, body or unique personality, and more importantly, to describe the experience. It is a newfound freedom that all ...

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How to improve our diagnostic acumen: Teach it to our residents — Part I Feb 14, 2014 | Orthodontics USA

How to improve our diagnostic acumen: Teach it to our residents — Part I

Are orthodontists responsible for examining the occlusion, teeth and gingiva? Yes, for sure, but we also have a responsibility to use our training and understanding not just to straighten teeth, correct malocclusions or improve skeletal discrepancies of the jaws but to ensure that any and all pathology in the head and neck is identified, documented, treated or referred for treatment.

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The content craze: How to do it the right way Feb 4, 2014 | Orthodontics USA

The content craze: How to do it the right way

Content marketing has become a big thing in recent years, and this promotional technique is only poised to get bigger. When done right, content marketing is quite effective, and it doesn’t need to cost much — just an investment of a couple hours each week or so. Because of its growing importance and low barriers for entry, any orthodontic practice looking to rev up its marketing should consider adopting content marketing to bring in new patients and strengthen relationships with existing ...

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Myofunctional orthodontics and myofunctional therapy Jan 21, 2014 | Orthodontics USA

Myofunctional orthodontics and myofunctional therapy

More than 100 years ago, and before Edward Angle, dentists realized they could move teeth into a more esthetic position by applying various mechanical devices to the teeth. This, in turn, caused apposition and deposition of bone in areas where forces were increased or decreased. Teeth could be moved into a more esthetic position, and so the orthodontic profession was born.

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Preventive orthodontics: Is it a logical and predictive procedure? Dec 13, 2013 | Orthodontics USA

Preventive orthodontics: Is it a logical and predictive procedure?

Benjamin Franklin once stated that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In the case of preventive orthodontics, it can logically be stated that an ounce of prevention is worth 1.1 pounds of cure. In a study of the Nite-Guide preventive procedure involving 167 treated cases compared to 104 non-treated children, Keski-Nisula et al (2008) found that at the end of the procedure there existed 1.9 percent remaining deviations compared to 34.1 percent in the control group.

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The nose knows: A big-picture look at myofunctional orthodontics Nov 25, 2013 | Orthodontics USA

The nose knows: A big-picture look at myofunctional orthodontics

After three decades practicing orthodontics, including experience with the “muscle-centric” philosophy of orofacial development, I was recently asked to provide a summary of the "big picture" for a group of Buteyko practitioners who were not familiar with myofunctional orthodontics. Here is my response:

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The new standard of care in orthodontics: Part 1 Oct 29, 2013 | Orthodontics USA

The new standard of care in orthodontics: Part 1

Still in the early stages of the new millennium, we are in an era of dentistry and orthodontics where more accurate diagnoses are possible thanks to technological advances in imaging and scanning. We now have treatment capabilities that were not possible only a decade ago. Treatment outcomes have also improved with advances in periodontal treatment and operative dentistry.

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Results for Nite-Guide preventive and interceptive procedure Oct 22, 2013 | Orthodontics USA

Results for Nite-Guide preventive and interceptive procedure

The largest of several studies on the Nite-Guide technique was done under the auspices of Turku University in Turku, Finland, by Keski-Nisula et al (from 2001–2008). The results of this study were reported in two peer-reviewed articles published in 2008. Four towns in Finland were selected, with three of them as the treatment sample of 167 cohorts, and one town served as the control sample of 104 individuals.

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The outcome is simulated, but the wow is genuine Oct 1, 2013 | Orthodontics USA

The outcome is simulated, but the wow is genuine

Technology is progressing so fast these days that it can be hard to still wow people. This is especially true when it comes to younger patients, who have been born and grown up knowing nothing but the connected life. This is why the new iTero 2.9 intra-oral scanner is so impressive.

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Spotlight on Invisalign: Pros and cons of treatment planning with clear aligners Sep 24, 2013 | Orthodontics USA

Spotlight on Invisalign: Pros and cons of treatment planning with clear aligners

For years the term “orthodontics” conjured images of metal wires, painful brackets and middle school chants of “brace face,” all of which are effective deterrents from the orthodontist’s office. However, with the 1998 introduction of Align Technology’s Invisalign came a comfortable, esthetic, and practical alternative to traditional fixed orthodontics. At its inception, many in the dental community dubbed Invisalign as a panacea for maloccluded teeth.

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Postretention relapse of mandibular anterior crowding Sep 10, 2013 | Orthodontics USA

Postretention relapse of mandibular anterior crowding

Relapse of mandibular anterior crowding occurs in many well-treated cases, whether they had bicuspid extraction, non-extraction treatment, third molar removal, non-removal or agenesis. Why? Is it related to (a) form and function, (b) tooth-mass issues, (c) occlusion, (d) temporomandibular relationship, (e) arch length discrepancy, (f) heredity, (g) orofacial musculature, (h) intra-oral forces, (i) extraoral forces or (j) oral habits?

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