Wednesday, December 3, 2014

DECEMBER EDITORIAL: Your help is requested

December 2014; 146(6): 691-2.

In his December 2014 Editorial, Dr. Rolf Behrents proposes an old idea -- but with a modern-day twist. Combining the power of their numbers, their presence in nearly every community, and the population they serve, orthodontists could play an important role in finding a missing child or teen.

Friday, November 7, 2014


November 2014; 146(5)
Despite their numerous advantages, success rates of miniscrew implants have yet to reach those of endosseous implants. Predrilling of a pilot hole has been proposed as a method to improve stability. Pilot holes decrease the torque needed to place the implant, but they result in less bone around the implant after healing. Would predrilling of a pilot hole result in a net gain for miniscrew stability? Carney et al in Dallas, Texas, and Curitiba, Brazil, placed miniscrews with and without pilot holes and then examined the bone 7 weeks after healing. They found that although primary stability was better when miniscrews were placed with pilot holes, over time, the stability was decreased because less trabecular bone surrounded the implant.  Their research appears in the November 2014 issue of the AJO-DO.

The smiling patient on the cover is Basil Chatha, who was treated orthodontically by Chris Holahan of Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Read the November 2014 issue of the AJO-DO online or with the Health Advance app.

Monday, October 13, 2014


AJO-DO 2014; 146(4):412
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Peter Greco
Another year has rolled by, and it's again time for you to participate in the admissions interviews for your alma mater. It is becoming more and more difficult to identify those who not only would fit into your program, but would also contribute to your beloved specialty. The first transcript on your desk demonstrates the applicant's strong ability in the basic sciences and clinical course work. He seems to have difficulty in writing and communicating, however. A careful review of his faculty recommendations hints at this weakness. His grades on his college record confirm your suspicions....Yet his application essay was so eloquent that you discussed the composition with the admissions committee chair when you originally read it. 

What gives? 

You can probably guess....but will you know how to handle this situation if you ever find yourself it?  Read Peter Greco's thoughtful comments in the October 2014 issue of the Journal.

Friday, October 10, 2014


Watch the video!

Do dental esthetics have any influence on finding a job?

Matheus Melo Pithon, Caroline Carvalho Nascimento, George CaĆ­que Gouveia Barbosa, Raildo da Silva Coqueiro

In our October 2014 video, Matheus Melo Pithon discusses his team's research examining the link between dental esthetics and hiring. They asked 100 persons responsible for hiring staff for commercial companies to assess photographs of subjects with ideal and non-ideal smiles, and to rate them specifically with regard to likelihood of being hired, honesty, intelligence, and efficiency at work.

The results will not surprise you: persons with ideal smiles were considered more intelligent and had a greater chance of finding a job. These findings support the notion that orthodontic treatment provides a variety of benefits to the patient.

Read the full text of this report in the October 2014 issue of the journal.

Thursday, October 9, 2014


AJODO 2014; 146(4):407-8.

Who is responsible to inform and protect the public?

Rolf G. Behrents, Editor-in-Chief
Almost on a daily basis, I receive a communication about an issue that, in the end, concludes that “someone ought to do something about this.” As a quick response I ask, “What are you going to do about it?” This, then, suggests my response to the question posed in the title of this editorial: “You are responsible to inform and protect the public.”
What can you do when you see misleading or deceptive claims on a website? What can we do together to protect and inform the public? Read the October 2014 Editorial to learn more. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October 2014 now Online

October 2014; 146(4)
Many patients who seek orthodontic treatment are motivated more by dental esthetics than by a desire to improve masticatory function. Might an improvement in dental esthetics have other, unrecognized benefits? Do dental esthetics affect a person’s ability to find a job?

The aim of this cross-sectional study by Pithon et al was to determine whether dental esthetics affect the perceptions of human resource personnel; does an applicant’s dental appearance affect how he or she is judged for honesty, capacity to fulfill tasks, and intelligence?
The smiling patient on the cover is Shannon McGuire, who was treated orthodontically by John E. Bilodeau of Springfield, Virginia.

The October 2014 issue of the AJO-DO is now available online.