In this month’s issue, we present Part 1 of the 2023 JCO Orthodontic Practice Study, which covers important trends in practice management. This is the 22nd biennial survey conducted by JCO since 1981,...
Trends in U.S. orthodontic practice economics and management are covered in this 22nd biennial survey. Tables include practice activity, fee policies, management methods, computer usage, delegation, practice-building methods, sources of referrals, and practice busyness. The Study methodology is also explained.
Download the 2021 JCO Orthodontic Practice Study complete tables.
Dr. Aghazada and colleagues present a digital planning protocol that customizes miniscrew placement to ensure optimal bone conditions. A 3D-metal-printed boneborne palatal expander is designed for delivery at the same appointment, using a 3D-printed surgical guide for precise positioning.
Part 1 in this series of articles by Drs. Waldman and Bonebreak-Jackson reviewed the unique features of the LightForce 3D-printed fixed appliance system. Part 2 breaks down the key factors involved in treatment planning and clinical management, using typical case examples.
Drs. Sim and Park show two patients with mild malocclusions to demonstrate the potential of directly printed clear aligners. Both digital light processing and liquid-crystal display 3D printers were used to produce aligners ranging in thickness from .2mm to .5mm.
Dr. Farret describes a nonsurgical treatment of excessive gingival display, utilizing miniplates in the zygomatic buttress and miniscrews distal to the lateral incisors to anchor intrusion of the entire upper arch. Gingival plastic surgery is then used to lengthen the clinical crowns.
A superelastic open-coil spring and power thread are employed to erupt an ectopic maxillary canine in a controlled direction. The elastic thread is tied to the distal end of the compressed coil spring, and as the spring opens, the canine is activated vertically and distally.
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The authors outline indications and contraindications for extracting first molars, along with anatomical and mechanical considerations. Three patients with varying presentations illustrate the clinical challenges and advantages involved in such cases.
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