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A protocol for inverting upper incisor brackets

Dr. Chad Foster illustrates a technique for patients with moderate-to-severe crowding or protrusion Establishing proper labiolingual inclination of the upper anterior teeth is considered a high esthetic priority in orthodontic treatment. Significant crowding and protrusion of the upper anterior teeth are two of the more common motivating factors for patients seeking orthodontic treatment.1 The final …

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Evaluation of adverse physiological events during Invisalign® treatment: part 1

Drs. Bridgette Jones Brooks, Bryan Keith Blankenship, and Jared Stasi explore the literature regarding clear aligners as compared to traditional braces Experimental hypotheses Based on an extensive review of the literature, the experimental hypotheses state that Patients being orthodontically treated with Invisalign® experience less discomfort than patients being treated with traditional fixed appliances. Patients being …

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Practice management efficiencies to ease your team’s workload

JoAn Majors, RDA, CSP, discusses how technology and outsourcing can improve efficiencies during COVID-19 times and beyond Recently on a call, a team member explained, “I don’t have the time to chat with my patients. With reviewing a screening form, recording temperature, timing CaviCide™ spray for 3 minutes (wipe), plus 3 more minutes, plus a …

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Two-way text messaging can solve many patient engagement challenges

Lea Chatham describes ways that text messages can update and connect patients Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, dentists have faced office closings and challenges to reopening. Dentists have had to work diligently to communicate with patients effectively and within HIPAA guidelines. As patients increasingly depend on technologies such as the internet and social media for …

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The MPA 5

Drs. Fabio Oliveira Coelho, Francesca Scilla Smith, and Larry W. White discuss the evolution and efficacy of the mandibular protraction appliance (MPA) Introduction As far back as 1880, dentists have had an obsession with correcting overbites and overjets by protracting the mandible. Kingsley1 was one of the first to describe his vulcanite plate for “jumping …

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A comparison of efficacy and efficiency of clear aligners versus braces post-COVID-19

Dr. David Alpan discusses evolving treatment plans in the wake of COVID-19 Abstract Is clear aligner treatment more effective than braces? What about during a pandemic? Evidence-based research statistically finds that clear aligner treatment facilitates improved oral hygiene compared to braces and creates fewer negative side effects.7,12 Research shows that the gingival health with clear …

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Treatment and delivery methods for myofunctional therapy

Nicole Cavalea, MS, discusses co-treatment goals of myofunctional therapy Orthodontists and pediatric dentists are often the first professionals to identify a patient’s abnormal patterning of the mouth and tongue, as these abnormalities interfere with the structural integrity of orthodontic treatment. A visual assessment of the following characteristics can indicate the need to co-treat with an …

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