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Idiopathic condylar resorption: a case report

Dr. Bradford Edgren illustrates a patient with dysfunctional remodeling of the condyle A healthy 16-year 10-month-old female presented for a clinical evaluation of her temporomandibular joints with chief complaints of headaches (tension 2-to-3 times per week and migrainous once a week), perceived reduced opening, right temporomandibular joint (TMJ) clicking, history of closed lock, nocturnal clenching

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Fewer office visits using high-frequency vibration to close an anterior open bite

Dr. Esther Feldman ponders what came first, the open bite or the habit? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Open bites are one of the most difficult classes of malocclusions that orthodontists are faced with in practice. That’s because the success of their resolution is entirely dependent on correctly addressing the etiology. The

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Vertical control and efficiency in treating a Class III malocclusion

Dr. Michael T. DePascale discusses his experience in the development and use of a new clear aligner system Introduction In 1998, the field of orthodontics changed completely when the clear aligner system was approved as an alternative to fixed appliances. When first introduced, clear aligners were less efficient than braces and challenged practicing orthodontists with

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Nonsurgical correction of a maxillary hypoplastic/mandibular hyperplastic patient

Drs. Jeffrey Silmon and Chris Cosse devise a treatment plan that avoided certain surgical disadvantages Introduction Several years ago, a 14-year 10-month-old female named Caroline presented to our office with a hypoplastic maxilla, a hyperplastic mandible, and a complete crossbite of her entire arch except for the lower right first and second molars. She had

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Severe crowding with a transverse skeletal discrepancy impacting self-esteem

Editor’s intro: Dr. Antonino Secchi illustrates how orthodontists are improving smiles and also impacting self esteem. Dr. Antonino Secchi illustrates his two-phase treatment plan A few years ago I had the opportunity to treat a little girl with a rather big self-confidence problem mainly due to her smile. We always praise our specialty for changing

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