Patients have demanded “esthetic” or essentially “invisible” orthodontic appliances as long as there have been orthodontic appliances. Although the origins of the first orthodontic systems remain lost...
Dr. Mike Meru reviews the pros and cons of various associateship options for new graduates, including private, group, and corporate practices. He explains the tax differences between employees and independent contractors and concludes with helpful tips for prospective associates.
The fourth recipient of the annual JCO student award, selected from among 18 nominees, is a native of Uzbekistan and a resident at Texas A&M University. In a brief interview, Dr. Skillestad responds to questions about her career and philosophy.
The INBRACE system simplifies lingual bracket design by using zero prescription and building full three-dimensional customization into the archwires, as explained by Dr. Hongsheng Tong and colleagues. The automated system relies on nonsliding, friction-free mechanics to move teeth with light, continuous forces.
To avoid the frequent debonding of conventional buttons used for attaching elastics to aligners, Drs. Cetta and Kaye designed the Precision Aligner Button with a large base to fit the aligner cutout window and conform closely to the cervical third of the tooth.
In this adult patient requiring preparation for replacement of missing lower first molars, the author demonstrates how segmental mechanics can be used with direct and indirect mini-implant anchorage to obtain controlled tooth movements without unwanted effects on adjacent teeth.
In a clinical study involving three practices, Dr. Cosmo Haralambidis evaluates the effects of a new portable device for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation in alleviating pain after orthodontic wire adjustments. Reactions of patients and clinicians to the therapy are also reported.
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