Hawley appliances for orthodontic retention?

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10 trials were included in this review of the effectiveness of Hawley retainer following orthodontic treatment providing low quality evidence that performance was similar to other retainers.

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Removable orthodontic appliances: compliance suboptimal

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24 studies were included in this review of compliance with removable orthodontic appliance treatment. Objectively measured wear was considerably lower than stipulated wear time among all appliance types in the included studies.

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Probiotics for caries prevention?

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This small trial of probiotics as an adjunct to toothbrushing with a fluoride toothpaste to reduce caries in pre-school children suggests some additional benefit. Further studies are needed to clarify the findings, assess dose response, acceptability and cost effectiveness.

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Periodontal disease: compliance with treatment improves outcomes

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When regularly compliant periodontal patients were compared with erratic compliers in this systematic review, they were found to have significantly lower risk of tooth loss during supportive periodontal treatment

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Few trials on improving adherence amongst orthodontic patients

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Successful orthodontic treatment requires that the patients to agree with and follow the treatment proposed. This requires the patients to keep appointments, maintaining good oral hygiene, wearing elastics, appliances and avoid damage. The aim of this review was to investigate the effectiveness of interventions to enhance adherence among orthodontic patients aged 12 to 18 years. [read the full story…]