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February 2020
Volume 54, Issue 2

THE EDITOR'S CORNER

Photobiomodulation and Pain

ROBERT G. KEIM DDS, EdD, PhD

Throughout the history of orthodontics, one of the most common complaints from patients is the duration of treatment—or to put it more simply, how long it takes. In a world where we expect almost imme...

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SmartArch Multi-Force Superelastic Archwires: A New Paradigm in Orthodontic Treatment Efficiency

MARC E. OLSEN DDS, MSD

Dr. Marc Olsen describes how advanced wire technology and biological principles of tooth movement can be applied to accelerate treatment by making tooth movement more efficient. Clinical uses of SmartArch wires are illustrated by two cases, including one in conjunction with the Insignia system.

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Spider Link: A Palatal Skeletal Anchorage System

B. GIULIANO MAINO MD, DDS, LUCA LOMBARDO DDS, GIOVANNA MAINO DDS, AMEDEO SALOMONE DDS, GIUSEPPE SICILIANI DDS

Dr. Maino and colleagues introduce a system that integrates self-ligating miniscrews and prefabricated stainless steel Power Plates. Class II patients can be treated more quickly because the molars and premolars can be distalized simultaneously, as demonstrated here by three cases.

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Effect of Photobiomodulation on Pain Perception Among Orthodontic Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial

NOUR AL-OKLA BDS, MS, DANA BADER BDS, MS, ANAS AL-MULLA BDA, MSc, PhD, DONALD FERGUSON DMD, MSD, TIM SHAUGHNESSY DDS, MS

Photobiomodulation therapy has been shown not only to accelerate orthodontic treatment, but potentially to mitigate associated pain. A sham-controlled, randomized clinical trial by Dr. Al-Okla and colleagues evaluates the effectiveness of an OrthoPulse device in daily home use.

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Georgia on Our Minds

DAVID S. VOGELS III

The AAO annual session visits Atlanta in May for the first time since 1982. JCO presents its annual guide to attractions, events, restaurants, and nightlife in the host city. Links to appropriate websites are provided in the online edition.

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CASE REPORT

Buccal Corridor Changes for Improvement of Smile Esthetics

WILANA MOURA DDS, MSc, SILVIO AUGUSTO BELLINI-PEREIRA DDS, PAULA PATRICIA COTRIN-SILVA DDS, MSc, CAROLINE MARTINS GAMBARDELA-TKACZ DDS, MSc, JOSÉ FERNANDO CASTANHA HENRIQUES DDS, MSc, PhD

As observed by Dr. Moura and colleagues in this case, the possibility of dentoalveolar expansion with fixed appliances should be considered when correcting a transverse deficiency, because it may also narrow the buccal corridors without surgical or orthopedic intervention.

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PEARLS

Simple and Secure Ligation Technique for Anterior Intrusion Using a Miniscrew

SHAKEEL AHMED VALAI KASIM MDS, DIBO, REKHA BHARADWAJ MDS, DIBO, NAVEED AHMED VALAI KASIM BDS

In this Pearl, an elastomeric chain is engaged from a palatal miniscrew head to two gingivally oriented loops on the main archwire. The resulting upper incisor intrusion can rapidly close a midline diastema without the need for frequent reactivation.

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Continuing Education from February 2020 Issue (questions only)

Click here to download a PDF of the printed questions from the journal for reference. CE tests must be taken online. See the link to continuing education on the menu bar at the top of the screen.

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Product News in February 2020 Issue

PRODUCT NEWS is presented as a service to the reader and in no way implies endorsement by JCO.  

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