As clear aligner therapy continues to claim a greater and greater share of the orthodontic market, we would certainly expect to see various adaptations of the original clinical and manufacturing proto...
Dr. Matt Nisco, an early adopter of in-house aligners, presents a protocol for integrating such a system into an orthodontic office, including the required equipment, software, and staffing as well as procedures for long-distance care. Two typical aligner cases are offered as examples.
A patient with an impacted upper canine and retained predecessor may be reluctant to have the deciduous tooth extracted because of the resulting unesthetic edentulous space. Drs. Harrison and Park describe a versatile pontic appliance that can be used for temporary camouflage.
Dr. Pelo and colleagues review the functions and wear duration of four different types of occlusal splints for use in “surgery first” cases. Two clinical cases demonstrate their approach to splint management, which allows them to treat even complex malocclusions.
This report shows a Class II, division 1 patient with severe upper anterior protrusion, in whom anchorage from bilateral miniscrews was used to correct both sagittal and vertical discrepancies with one-stage en-masse retraction.
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A ligature cutter is commonly used instead of a distal-end cutter to trim a short protruding wire. The authors show how to make a safety mechanism from acrylic and wax to catch the trimmed wire pieces, preventing any swallowing or soft-tissue injury.
Siblings are often overlooked as a potential source of new patients. Natalie Beaton outlines a six-step procedure to add siblings of established patients to your system and to follow up in scheduling initial exams at the appropriate age.
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This patient presented with a congenitally missing lower lateral incisor, an impacted upper canine, and two impacted lower premolars. A variety of orthodontic mechanics are used in conjunction with both conventional and skeletal anchorage to achieve successful results.
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