Advances in Orthodontic Treatment
A Peer-Reviewed Publication Written by Jeremy J. Mao, DDS, PhD and Chung H. Kau, DDS, MScD, MBA, PhD, M Orth, FDS, FFD(Ortho), FAMS(Ortho) Additional materials added by Dawei Liu, DDS, MS, PhD
Functionality and aesthetics are key considerations in patients requesting, and orthodontists recommending, orthodontic treatment. However, patients may elect to forego orthodontic treatment due to the cost and the duration of treatment. Orthodontic treatment can be provided using removable or fixed orthodontic appliances (FOAs), and current options offer improved aesthetics compared to earlier generation appliances. Many methods have been explored and developed to reduce the duration of treatment. Most recently, a device has been developed that utilizes the concept of cyclic force application to reduce the duration of orthodontic treatment.
At the conclusion of this educational activity participants will be able to:
1. Describe the reasons patients request orthodontic treatment, as well as the reasons they may reject orthodontic treatment
2. Discuss the biomechanics involved in orthodontic tooth movement
3. Describe the factors that can decrease the duration of orthodontic treatment
4. Describe the role static and cyclic forces play in biomechanics and the potential duration of orthodontic treatment
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