Orthodontic bracket systems: Is adhesive precoating better than operator coated?

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This review assessing whether adhesive precoated orthodontic brackets are more efficient than operator-coated brackets included 5 RCTs find no differences in failure rate between the two systems.

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Orthodontic bracket slot size: does it influence treatment outcomes?

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Only 4 mainly retrospective studies were identified for this review of the influence of orthodontic bracket size on treatment outcomes. While greater efficiency was suggested with the 0.018-inch bracket the quality of the evidence is limited a higher quality studies are needed.

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Self-ligating brackets: Brace yourself! It’s time for some spring cleaning!


The Scottish Dental Registrars on a recent systematic review of the effects of self-ligating brackets and conventional brackets on the periodontal status of adolescents undergoing orthodontic treatment.

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Orthodontic brackets: type unlikely to affect oral hygiene


12 small studies were included in this review of orthodontic brackets and their effect on pain and oral hygiene. No differences were seen between self-ligating and conventional brackets

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Self-ligating orthodontic bracket system did not increase treatment efficiency

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This 3-centre randomised trial, involving 138 patients, found no clinically significant difference in treatment efficiency between treatment with a self-ligating bracket system and a conventional ligation system.

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Review finds that orthodontic treatment using self-ligated bracket systems take longer than conventional approaches


This review aims to assess the role of the various characteristics of orthodontic brackets (material, slot size, ligation type, etc) and their combination with specific wires on their clinical effectiveness and associated side-effects during fixed-appliance orthodontic treatment. Searches were conducted in Medline, Cochrane Library, Biomed Central, BBO including LILACS, Ind Med, Sceilo, Clinical trials.gov, Conference [read the full story…]

Insufficient evidence to determine if orthodontic treatment is more or less efficient with self-ligating brackets than conventional brackets

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This critical summary of a systematic review published in 2010 was prepared under the auspices of the American Dental Association Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry. The aim of this review was  see whether  the use of using self-ligating brackets (SLBs)  improved clinical outcomes in orthodontic treatment compared with conventional brackets (CBs). The commentator  noted that despite [read the full story…]