Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Interceptive approach of future palatally displaced canines, by an early extraction of the deciduous canines.

Very interesting and clinically significant article at the latest issue of the Angle Orthodontist:

"The extraction of the deciduous canine is an effective measure in PDC cases, but it must be done in younger patients in combination with early diagnosis, at the age of 10–11 years. Maintenance of the perimeter of the upper arch is an important step during the observation period, and a palatal arch as a space-holding device is recommended"

I would add that removable retention with a plate (Hawlley, Begg retainer, Jensen plate etc), or let's say an MRC trainer could also do the trick! Other than that please take the time to read this article over the Angle's website:


Kind regards,


Thursday, 2 January 2014

Introducing the New AJO-DO's iPad Application.

The new application for tablets is out from the American Journal of Orthodontics and Orofacial Orthopedics.

Access all new and old issues and articles, along with integration with iBooks, dropbox and many more.

Worth downloading if you own a tablet:

- iTunes link
- Alternative from Elsevier Advanced Health application


Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy new year 2014!

Wishing you all a happy new year, 2014.

Productive, healthy and peaceful!


Thursday, 12 December 2013

Clinical Key, Search Engine by Elsevier.

I admit that I did not know of it's existence till now.

Clinical key is a specialised search engine for clinicians in the medical field.

Try it out it is quite good!


Monday, 2 December 2013

Interlabial gap behavior with time, JWFO

An interesting article is in press at the Journal of the World Federation of Orthodontists JWFO

The article aims to clarify wether the interlabial gap (shown as number 2 on the tracing to the left) reduction over time can be associated with the treatment therapy that was chosen.

62 Class I and Class II patients (with lip incompetence) were treated with or without extractions, and the gap was measured before, after and at the long term follow up.

What was found is that the interlabial gap decreases significantly more at the extraction therapy group compared to the non-extraction one. This happens during treatment.

During retention however, non-extraction group has a greater decrease of the gap, when compared to the extraction therapy group.

Also the authors show that variables such as lip length are associated with the amount of interlabial gap but NOT the decrease during treatment and over-time. The later has to do with the treatment chosen, and of course normal aging.

In plain words the decrease of interlabial gap during treatment at the extraction therapy group happens faster, and that is why during retention there is a smaller decrease when compared to the non-extraction therapy. "Aging faster?!"

The article can be found here:


Sunday, 27 October 2013

7-9 February 2014, Winter Conference of the AAO, Las Vegas.

This year's Winter Conference of the AAO, is about Adult Treatment, and it sets out to bring closer Orthodontists and Restorative dentists, in favor of patients.

Adult patients interdisciplinary approach was late AJODO editor's Dr Vince Kokich favorite topic.

A topic he contributed to vigorously throughout his professional career and as such this meeting will be dedicated to him.

Ravindra Nanda and Dirk Weinchmann are just a few of the many names lecturing this year.

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