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White spot lesion treatment alternatives: an in-office trial and survey

Drs. Bethany R. Middleton, Donald J. Rinchuse, and Thomas G. Zullo investigate current trends of treatment alternatives for white spot lesions Abstract Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the efficacy of MI Paste™ compared to fluoride used in mitigating white spot lesions. Simultaneously, a survey was designed to investigate current trends of …

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The importance of nasal breathing and its effect on the direction of mandibular growth

Dr. Nelson J. Oppermann discusses nasal breathing as an essential component to optimal orthodontic results Introduction The effect of breathing patterns on facial growth of children has been well documented. Many articles indicate that nasal obstruction leads to respiration changes, which can influence the facial development pattern. [userloggedin] 1-4   Linder-Aronson5 described the facial characteristic …

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Treating completely blocked canines and full step Class II malocclusion

Dr. Todd Bovenizer presents a full step Class II malocclusion with blocked-out canines utilizing light open coil springs and elastics with the Damon™ System’s Damon™ Q brackets Evaluation and treatment of Class II malocclusion can present a challenge to the practitioner. One must consider the facial ramifications, as well as skeletal and dental characteristics. [userloggedin] …

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Posterior occlusal guides

Drs. Larry W. White and Kim Fretty discuss simple, inexpensive, and patient-friendly supplements to the Class II corrector armamentarium Abstract Class II malocclusions make up a large part of the difficult orthodontic maladies that clinicians must correct. [userloggedin] Traditional techniques, such as elastics, headgears, and removable functional appliances, have recently been supplanted with so-called noncompliant …

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Management of Class 2 non-extraction patients: part 8

Drs. Rohit C.L. Sachdeva, Steve Moravec, and Takao Kubota discuss the application of SureSmile® technology in the management of patients presenting with Class 2 malocclusions Introduction The Class 2 malocclusion does not simply manifest itself as a sagittal problem of the craniofacial complex. [userloggedin] Its etiology and manifestation is a result of a blending of …

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More than one way ­— an issue related to invisible aligners

Drs. Donald J. Rinchuse, Ethan Drake, Janet Robison, and Dara L. Rinchuse offer insights on the various forms of tooth movement Hooke’s Law for springs (and in orthodontics, springs act like beams) simply states, “The extension of (a spring), so the force.” Hooke’s Law applies to stainless steel wires (linear curve) and not for nickel-titanium …

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