Dr. John L. Hayes says that a grading system can help increase communication with patients Abstract Introduction This article proposes a grading system for the severity of a patient’s skeletal maxillary transverse deficiency. Although there are medical staging systems available to grade the severity of medical maladies for improved communication, there is presently no grading …Read Article
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Dr. Amy Jackson discusses at-home, direct-to-door delivery of orthodontic care What is your opinion of direct-to-consumer aligner companies? Personally, I believe orthodontic therapy that is not doctor-centric can at best fall short of the goal and at worst lead to deleterious effects. However, this direct-to-consumer aligner surge has led to market awareness, increased consumer spending on orthodontic treatment, …Read Article
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 …Read Article
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 …Read Article
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 …Read Article
Drs. Larry W. White and Francesca Scilla Smith discuss a technique for maxillary molar anchorage preservation Maxillary molar anchorage has perplexed orthodontists since the beginning of premolar extraction therapies. Every clinician knows from sad experience that maxillary molars easily displace and rotate mesially when challenged with mesial space and force. Obvious and early remedies — …Read Article
Drs. Donald J. Rinchuse, Dara L. Rinchuse, and Mr. Donald N. Rinchuse discuss the safety and health of patients, orthodontists, and staff during the COVID-19 crisis Abstract This article explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on orthodontic practice. It reports on the current public health and evidence-based medical and scientific news related to the …Read Article
Dr. Christopher Cosse discusses a novelty that is becoming a necessity On the day that this is being written, April 11, 2020, the whole country is on lockdown. Stay-at-home orders have been issued in almost every state. The country is experiencing the COVID-19 virus. At this time, orthodontists really don’t know when it is safe …Read Article