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A modification of the Wits appraisal is proposed for patients with high FMA or with long lower face height — a supplementary assessment

Dr. John L. Hayes discusses an alternative to the Wits appraisal for certain types of patients Abstract The proposed Wits modification uses a newly constructed “normal” occlusal plane-mandibular plane angle (NOP-MP) of 17 degrees (15 degrees for patients less than 12 years old) to replace a patient’s actual occlusal plane-mandibular plane angle (OP- MP) in …

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A survey of orthodontists’ perceptions of smile esthetics

Drs. Alys M. Murdoch, Daniel Rinchuse, Thomas Zullo, and Daniel DiBagno explore a survey and literature to define the ideal orthodontic outcome Abstract Introduction The aim of this study was to investigate what orthodontists’ perceive as the important aspects of smile esthetics. It investigated whether orthodontists agree with the current literature involving the smile and …

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Effect of surgical corticotomy versus low level laser therapy (LLLT) on the rate of canine retraction in orthodontic patients

Drs. Noha Ali El-Ashmawi, Mohamed Abd El-Ghafour, Shaimaa Saeed Nasr, Mona M. Salah Fayed, Amr Ragab El-Beialy, and Essam Mohamed Nasef Selim compare techniques to accelerate certain tooth movements Abstract The present split mouth trial compares the effect of surgical corticotomy and low level laser therapy (LLLT) on the rate of maxillary canine retraction. Orthodontic …

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In my practice: aligner therapy with added high-frequency vibration

Dr. David R. Boschken discusses a combination of therapies that can lead to more efficient orthodontic treatment During my 20-year orthodontic career, it has been my experience that tooth movement can lead to discomfort and pain. It has been reported that orthodontic pain has a prevalence of 72%–100%, perceived as feelings of soreness, pressure, or …

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