New Cochrane Protocol for August 2012

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The August issue of the Cochrane library has one new protocol from the Oral Health Group.

 Kozel JA, Macedo CR, Atallah ÁN. Laceback ligatures for controlling anchorage in patients undergoing fixed orthodontic treatment (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 8. Art. No.: CD010014. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010014.

 The aims of this review are to determine the effects of laceback ligatures for controlling the position of the:

  1. anterior teeth (amount of flaring/proclination of incisors or canines or both) during orthodontic treatment compared with participants not having laceback ligatures placed as part of their orthodontic treatment and/or
  2. posterior teeth (amount of mesial movement of molars or premolars or both).


Readers may recall that in May of this year we looked at a systematic review by Fleming et al which also looked at the use on lacebacks in orthodontics. In due course it will be interesting to compare the two reviews.


 The Dental Elf  4th May 2012

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Derek Richards is a specialist in dental public health, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry and Specialist Advisor to the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) Development Team. He is a former editor of the Evidence-Based Dentistry Journal, the chief blogger for the Dental Elf website and a past president of the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry. He has been involved with a wide range of evidence-based initiatives both nationally and internationally since 1994. Retired from the NHS he is currently a part-time senior lecturer at Dundee Dental School.

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