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Reviewed here: Patti and Perrier d'Arc: Clinical Success in Early Orthodontic Treatment (2005)

Clinical Success in Early Orthodontic Treatment

ANTONIO PATTI, MD, DUO

GUY PERRIER D'ARC, DDS, PHD, DUO

English translation by Jay K. Weiss, DMD

124 pages, 250 illustrations. $75. 2005.

Quintessence Publishing Co., Inc.

551 Kimberly Drive

Carol Stream, IL 60188

(800) 621-0387; [url_new=http://www.quintpub.com]www.quintpub.com[/url_new]

There are relatively few goodcomprehensive textbooks onearly orthodontic treatment. Thesubject is vast, and the issues arecomplex and controversial. Despitethis challenge, Drs. Pattiand Perrier d'Arc admirably addressearly treatment--which they define as either guidance orfrank intervention in the primaryor mixed dentition--in a clinicallyrelevant and credible manner.

Drawing from both empiricaland evidence-based information,they offer a rationale to justifyearlier treatment in a numberof commonly encountered clinicalsituations, along with numerousappliances (both removableand fixed) that can be used to effectmaxillary sutural changesand/or dentoalveolar alterations.The photographs, diagrams, andtables are of excellent quality.

The work of Ricketts andGugino was obviously an importantfoundation for this book.Creating a more favorable dentofacialenvironment for the growingindividual is a major goal ofthe authors. Time-honored proceduressuch as preserving critical"leeway space" in the mixeddentition, maxillary expansion(sutural and dental), and the useof adjunctive appliances (lipbumpers, utility arches, facialmasks, etc.) to favorably alterintra- and interarch relationshipsare described. Still, the relativeabsence of dogma is refreshing.While the text clearly favorsnonextraction strategies, it doespresent a balanced view of extractingpermanent teeth, whenindicated, as one of the realitiesof orthodontics.

This is a textbook for clinicians.Although a considerableamount of information ongrowth and development ismerely summarized, a number ofimportant clinical pearls are scatteredthroughout the text. Orthodonticeducators will find thebook useful in preparing lecturesand seminars, however, and postgraduateorthodontic residentsand clinicians who either haveexperience in early treatment orwould like to augment their useof such therapies will find it to beindispensable.

ELLIOTT M. MOSKOWITZ, DDS, MSD

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