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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Headgear treatment for Class II malocclusions?

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Only 5 of the 18 trials included in this review of headgear for the treatment of class II malocclusions were randomised while a short-term reduction of the SNA angle was noted the quality of the studies was high.

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Review suggests that intraoral appliances are more effective than headgear in distalising upper first molars

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Moving the upper molars backwards during orthodontic treatment is sometimes necessary.  Appliances used for this are categorized in to intraoral or extraoral appliances. External headgear is one of the commonest distalising approaches.  The aim of this Cochrane review was to assess the effects of orthodontic treatment for distalising upper first molars in children and adolescents. [read the full story…]

Rapid maxillary expansion and headgear, or headgear alone increases eruption success rate of palatally displaced canines

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The prevalence of palatally displaced permanent canine teeth varies between 0.8 and 5.2 % . The aim of this trial was to test the effectiveness of cervical pull headgear  and  rapid maxillary expansion and cervical pull headgear on the eruption of palatally displaced canines. They  randomized 64 patients with to one of three groups: cervical [read the full story…]