Case Studies

The gummy smile dilemma

Editor’s intro: Dr. Stuart Frost discusses an innovative gummy smile treatment that results in less cost, less risk, and stunning results. Dr. Stuart Frost illustrates an innovative treatment for an often untreated condition Gummy smile patients have always presented orthodontists with a huge dilemma. For many years, I would feel that churn in my stomach when a …

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Situational extraction therapy with clear aligner therapy in complex malocclusions

Editor’s intro: Situational extraction therapy often leads to innovative treatment decisions — these clinicians have discovered that clear aligner therapy can result in a stable, functionally, and esthetically balanced occlusion after atypical extractions. Drs. George J. Cisneros, Anderson T. Huang, and Darren Huang discuss a case that resulted in a stable, functionally, and esthetically balanced occlusion …

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24-hour “headgear effect” using temporary skeletal anchorage devices

Editor’s intro: Cervical-pull headgear can be cumbersome and inconvenient for patients. Dr. Jack Fisher achieved the headgear effect using skeletal anchorage devices.  Dr. Jack Fisher discusses a treatment alternative to headgear Introduction For many years, orthodontists have used cervical-pull headgear to treat Class II patients. However effective headgear can be, most patients hate the idea of wearing …

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Orthodontic treatment with SureSmile® Aligners

Editor’s intro: Dr. Antonino Secchi illustrates a cosmetic solution that involves clear aligners, intraoral scanning data, and CBCT imaging. Take a look at the patient’s new smile, which took 15 weeks to achieve.  Dr. Antonino G. Secchi details a patient’s treatment using aligners, integrating data from intraoral scanning and CBCT imaging Patient Amy N., a 45-year-old female, …

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Expedited space closure

Editor’s Intro: Dr. Donald J. Rinchuse shows various ways to expedite space closure to give treatment closure to patients with braces. Dr. Donald J. Rinchuse discusses various solutions for maintaining a timely debonding Alice is here for her 9:00 a.m. “debonding” appointment in operatory number 3. Alice and her mom are so excited that she is finally …

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Class II and fast too

Dr. Bella Shen Garnett discusses accelerating treatment for patients with Class II malocclusions It’s been wonderful to see more adults than ever seeking orthodontics. With an increasingly competitive job market, increased use of social media and selfie postings, people are more aware of their smiles and want to look their best. Recently, Kelton Global conducted …

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How Children Breathe Sets the Stage for Life

by Daniel S. Bruce, DDS, D,ABDSM and Bethany A. Bewley, RDH, MS When adult patients with sleep-related breathing disorders come into my office for treatment, they often ask me why they developed sleep apnea in the first place. After all, it makes sense that natural selection should eliminate unfavorable traits, (such as choking in your …

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