Technology

Adjusting to the digital age — digital workflows are a necessity in post-COVID-19 times

Dr. Alfred Griffin III discusses how digital technologies blend to benefit patients and practitioners “Change is the only constant.” – Greek philosopher Heraclitus During current post-COVID-19 days, the above quote represents both the frustration and the resilience in the orthodontic office. After 7.9 million reported cases of COVID-19 (by October 16),1 shutdowns, reopening, and new …

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From analog to digital — keeping treatment on track during the COVID-19 crisis

Dr. Regina Blevins discusses technologies that cater to the needs of the contemporary patient My practice began its journey from analog to digital before the COVID-19 crisis, and since then, it has become even more apparent that digital tools and applications are imperative to keeping the orthodontic office running in both good and challenging times. …

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Diagnosis and treatment plan of maxillary impacted canines using CBCT DICOM data

Drs. Laura Nicolas, Alberto Teramoto, and Manuel Hinojosa discuss how segmentation can provide an essential diagnostic function Introduction An adequate treatment plan for resolving impacted teeth could be very difficult if the necessary information is not available. It is mandatory to know the exact location and, more importantly, the immediate relationships of the impacted teeth …

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The McLaughlin Bennett 5.0 orthodontic appliance and archwire system

Dr. Richard McLaughlin discusses the updated system that promotes increased clinical efficiency Introduction Over the course of more than 40 years practicing orthodontics, I have worked with a number of orthodontic appliances, including the original Straight-Wire® Appliance (Ormco Corporation) developed by Dr. Larry Andrews. Most recently, working with Dr. John Bennett and the Forestadent Corporation …

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Superelastic archwire can achieve efficient movement and reduced trauma

Superelastic archwires have been commonly used in orthodontic practices for over 2 decades, and these archwires have been based primarily on nickel-titanium materials. These archwires are relatively uniform in their force delivery across the arch form, meaning that force levels are ideal for some teeth, but not for others. What do I mean by that? Just think about the periodontal ligament (PDL) surface area of a maxillary lateral incisor versus that of the maxillary first molar. The force needed to move a first molar is much greater than what is needed to produce similar movement of a lateral incisor. Current archwire technology results in appropriate force levels in some areas of the mouth, but not in others. This may be expressed in many ways, such as irregular progress in correcting malocclusion and a tendency for increased root resorption on susceptible teeth like maxillary lateral incisors.

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