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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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Effective protocols for treatment of Class II malocclusion with moderate dental crowding

Editor’s intro: The primary treatment plan is not the only option. Read about how Dr. Michael Bicknell found an alternate way to achieve a successful treatment outcome. Dr. Michael Bicknell discusses how two patients who declined the primary treatment plan still achieved an excellent outcome Introduction In today’s market, patients are exposed to numerous options …

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The multifactorial challenges to treating non-growing adult Class III patients

Editor’s intro: Dr. Bryan Lockhart’s solution to the many challenges to treatment for this patient involved a multi-faceted approach to treatment. Dr. Bryan Lockhart addresses this patient’s skeletal Class III malocclusion, while correcting the anterior crossbite and obtaining positive overjet Introduction The adult orthodontic patient often presents a special set of complexities that requires careful analysis and …

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Using SureSmile® clear aligners to treat a patient with crowding and narrow arches

Editor’s intro: Dr. Cory Costanzo uses clear aligners to treat a patient with an implant, crowded lower teeth and a narrow smile. Read about the steps needed to provide this patient with positive results. Dr. Cory Costanzo describes clear aligner therapy for a patient with an implant Over the past decade, we have witnessed a dramatic …

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SureSmile case report: DIY aligner generalized spacing case for superior control and cost-effective treatment

Editor’s intro: With DIY aligners using SureSmile software as the treatment for a patient’s generalized spacing issue, Dr. Edward Y. Lin provided an affordable and effective treatment plan.  Dr. Edward Y. Lin discusses the steps to an affordable clear aligner treatment option As the old saying goes, “With age comes wisdom.” This is most certainly true with …

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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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