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November's Tip: Cephalometric Superimposition

November's Tip: Cephalometric Superimposition

By: Dr. Pierre Pellan

The value of cephalometric superimposition resides mostly in its importance in demonstrating the gross effects of a given orthodontic treatment.  For example, superimposing both pre-treatment and end-of-treatment cephalograms provide a fair estimation of the change in the position of the incisors, or the amount and the nature of the displacement of the mandible following class II or III therapy (Figure 1).

October's Tip: Guided Eruption of Impacted Cuspids

October's Tip: Guided Eruption of Impacted Cuspids

By: Dr. Mike Lowry

An issue we are often confronted with in our orthodontic career is the problem of impacted cuspids. As practitioners, it falls to us to be equipped to confront this condition if we are planning to treat these patients. The purpose of this review is to present an option for treatment that will address the problem of impacted cuspids.

September's Tip: Case Finishing: Is it all about the Bracket Prescription

September's Tip: Case Finishing: Is it all about the Bracket Prescription

By: Dr. William Buckley

It has been the convention in orthodontics, since the innovation of the prescription Rx bracket, that case finishing was a "Fake-complate." However, just as relapse was the "demon" that always visited the completed case, the Rx bracket has brought no more stabilization than its predecessors.

August's Tip: How to Run a Successful Orthodontic Practice Vol 2

August's Tip: How to Run a Successful Orthodontic Practice Vol 2

By: Dr. Mark Paschen

Introduction

This is the second in a series of articles outlining How to Run a Successful Orthodontic Practice.  Each team member has specific duties and responsibilities which will all contribute to the success of your practice (in terms of productivity and job satisfaction).  An orthodontic practice is very different, practice management-wise, than a general dentistry practice.  The first article, which appeared in the previous issue, centered on the receptionist.  This article will focus on your hygienist—listing her duties and describing some scripting as it pertains to your orthodontic patients. 

May's Tip: Metallic Ligatures, a Lingual Comfortable Retainer, Fast and Effective

May's Tip: Metallic Ligatures, a Lingual Comfortable Retainer, Fast and Effective

By: Dr. Pedro Colino

The stability of our treatments throughout time, especially on the front section of the

lower teeth (arcade), continues being one of the main concerns of orthodontists and

probably the main reason for consultation for our post-treatment patients. The breakage

or the detachment of the lingual retainers has become a common fact in the orthodontics

consultations, moreover, at the moment, there is no global consensus on which is the

best retention method to prevent the relapse occurring in this anterior lower section.

April's Tip: Treatment of "White Spot Lesions" After Removal of Fixed Orthodontic Appliances

April's Tip: Treatment of "White Spot Lesions" After Removal of Fixed Orthodontic Appliances

By; Dr. Derek Mahony

Demineralized white spot lesions occur frequently after orthodontic treatment.  Some teeth are more prone to demineralization (typically the maxillary lateral incisors and the mandibular canine teeth).  The disto-gingival area of the labial enamel surface is the area most commonly affected (Figure 1).  In the First few weeks after removal of the fixed appliances, there is a reduction in white spot lesion size and appearance, possibly due to the action of saliva (Figure 2).