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Changes in Orthodontic Treatment Modalities in the Past 20 Years: Exploring the Link between Technology and Scientific Evidence
Journal of the Irish Dental Association
  • T. Gerard Bradley, Marquette University
Document Type
Article
Language
eng
Format of Original
4 p.
Publication Date
4-1-2013
Publisher
Irish Dental Association
Original Item ID
Shelves: RK 1 .I75x Rayn Mem Periodicals
Disciplines
Abstract

Statement of the issue: Is there a link between the many perceived advances in orthodontic techniques/therapy and science in the past 20 years? The purpose of this paper is to take five topics and match the perceptions with the scientific evidence. The variety of appliances and the swings in treatment philosophy have been dramatic, including the swing from extraction to non-extraction therapy, the introduction of space-age wires, appliances that grow mandibles, the introduction and extraordinary growth of Invisalign, and reduced friction brackets to reduce treatment time, all with claims by manufacturers of better results than ever before. The focus is on faster treatment, reduced visits/appointments and superior results. Most of these ‘advancements’ represent what has been the ‘juggernaut of technology’.

Materials and methods: Five questions are posed, and an evidencebased approach is used to critically examine the literature in these selected topics.

Results: The evidence is lacking for some of the most commonly used systems and materials in orthodontic practice today.

Conclusion: More randomised clinical trials are needed in orthodontic practice to evaluate treatment outcomes.

Comments

Published version. Journal of the Irish Dental Association, Vol. 59, No. 2 (April/May 2013): 91-94. Publisher Link. © Irish Dental Association 2013. Used with permission.

Citation Information
T. Gerard Bradley. "Changes in Orthodontic Treatment Modalities in the Past 20 Years: Exploring the Link between Technology and Scientific Evidence" Journal of the Irish Dental Association (2013) ISSN: 0021-1133
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/t_bradley/22/