No difference in survival of mandibular lingual orthodontic retainers placed with chemically and light-cured adhesives


Long-term stability following orthodontic treatment required long-term retention. Compliance with removable retention regimens is variable so some practitioners favour fixed retainers.  The aim of this study was to compare the survival of mandibular lingual retainers placed using either chemical or photo polymerization after orthodontic treatment. Patients who had completed orthodontic treatment with no active caries, [read the full story…]

Review suggests no significant difference between the caries preventive impact of GIC and resin sealant materials

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This critical appraisal of a update of a systematic review was prepared under the auspices of the American Dental Associations Centre for Evidence-based Dentistry. The aim of the review (Mickenautsch & Yengopal 2011) was to assess the caries-preventive effect of glass ionomer and resin-based fissure sealants on permanent teeth. This 2011 review was itself an [read the full story…]

Which type of fissure sealant lasts longest?

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Fissure sealants are a recommended procedure for the prevention of occlusal caries in permanent molars. The aim of this review was to assess the clinical retention of pit and fissure sealants in relation to observation time and material type. The authors searched the Embase, Medline and CENTRAL (Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials)  databases for [read the full story…]