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Which is the best treatment modality for space closure — orthodontic, restorative, or prosthetic?

Drs. Vishal Parashar, Rupali Balpande, Amil Sharma, Snehal Markandey, Neetish Shriram Chavhan, and Gayatri Deshmukh survey doctors about their preferred course of treatment Abstract Introduction Spacing is a main concern that can hamper the patient’s esthetics. Space closure, whether in the anterior or the posterior region, is a major concern. Spacing in the anterior region …

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Let the dentist know what you can do

Dr. Robert Kaspers notes that interaction between dentists and orthodontists can result in more effective treatment Unfortunately, dental schools do not educate general dentists on why certain patients need orthodontists. And aligner companies’ marketing has done a phenomenal job in informing general dentists about how easy it is to move teeth with aligners. Unfortunately, the …

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Simplifying the deimpaction of mandibular second molars

Drs. Larry W. White and Francesca Scilla Smith offer a technique to simplify a complex and lengthy procedure Introduction Nothing slows the completion of orthodontic therapy as the failure of impacted mandibular second molars to erupt or achieve eruption through surgery and subsequent orthodontic intervention.  Still, surgical intervention adds to the cost, trauma, and duration …

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Bending superelastic archwires — the missing constituent of orthodontic therapy

Dr. Suhail A. Khouri discusses the clinical benefits of wire bending Introduction When superelastic archwires entered orthodontic practice, their 100% spring-back elastic property created the lightest and most consistent force delivery range, which exceeds by far the elasticity increase obtainable by wire bending. They revolutionized teeth alignment without loop bending. But the impossibility of bending …

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Spark™ Aligners set new standard in orthodontics

Spark™ Aligners are manufactured by Ormco™ — a global leader in innovative orthodontic products with 60 years of expertise, R&D, and high manufacturing standards. Ormco has helped doctors treat more than 20 million patients in more than 140 countries. Spark’s Approver software is designed to give doctors more control and flexibility, while Spark’s advanced aligner …

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Keys to the kingdom — unlocking opportunity with practice data Do you know your practice performance data? When running a practice, every orthodontist must be not only a doctor, but also a CEO who drives the business forward through operations, marketing, strategy, and goals. With so many departments and moving pieces in a practice, this …

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A new frontier in clear aligner orthodontics

Orthodontics is at a crossroads. Our patient base is growing; our clinical expertise is crucial. Research shows that around 75% of Americans could benefit from orthodontic treatment, and the long-term oral and systemic health downsides to delaying or forgoing treatment are becoming increasingly clear. Clear aligners, specifically, dramatically expanded the number of patients who are …

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