I became an avid reader of the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics when I first got interested in orthodontics in the mid-1980s, while practicing as a general dentist in my home state of New Mexico. The ...
In an adult patient with lower anterior crowding and agenesis of one lower central incisor, extraction of the remaining incisor may offer better long-term stability than conventional lower premolar extractions. Dr. Antelo and colleagues present such a case.
Drs. Wilmes, Schumann, and Drescher developed this technique to facilitate lower molar mesialization in a patient with more than one missing tooth. A mini-implant of intermediate size serves as a pier to stabilize the archwire and provide anchorage control.
Fourteen patients were recalled 13 years after treatment to study the effects of interproximal reduction on relapse of lower anterior crowding. Changes in the Irregularity Index and other variables are compared with those in a control group of similar patients.
Planning treatment for a patient with condylar hyperplasia requires careful investigation of the etiology. In this case, technetium 99m imaging indicated that the patient could be treated first by mandibular distraction and orthognathic surgery, avoiding the need for condylectomy.
Drs. Dayan, Aliaga-Del Castillo, and Janson describe a method of selective posterior intrusion for correction of anterior open bite using only clear aligners. This 31-year-old Class III patient was treated in 18 months without temporary anchorage devices or elastics.
Rather than bonding the acrylic pads of a bite-block expander to the teeth, the authors band this appliance to the second deciduous molars. A pivotal opening allows the patient to perform oral hygiene.
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