Monday, July 21, 2014


Thank you to the hundreds of peer reviewers who read and commented on articles submitted to the AJO-DO during the second half of 2013. The journal depends on the contributions of our reviewers.

Friday, July 18, 2014


2014; 146(1):108-118
Orthodontic traction in a patient with cleidocranial dysplasia: 3 years of follow-up
By Roberto Rocha, Manuela Batistella Zasso, Gilberto Floriano, Carla Derech, Gerson Ulema Ribeiro, Arno Locks, and Daltro Ritter

The second case report in the July issue describes the treatment and long-term follow-up care of a patient diagnosed with cleidocranial dysplasia. She had multiple impacted permanent and supernumerary teeth. The aim of the treatment was to provide an adequate esthetic and functional reconstruction of the occlusion with good periodontal care. The patient was treated with a multidisciplinary therapeutic protocol including orthodontic and surgical procedures, and traction of 11 permanent teeth.
Follow-up records taken 3 years after treatment show an excellent esthetic result for this patient.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Class II malocclusion with complex problems treated with a novel combination of lingual orthodontic appliances and lingual arches

AJO-DO 2014; 146(1):98-107
By Takeshi Yanagita,  Masahiro Nakamura, Noriaki Kawanabe, Takashi Yamashiro

The current issue of the AJO-DO contains two interesting case reports. In the first one, Yanagita et al report a novel treatment approach combining lingual appliances and lingual arches to control horizontal problems in an adult patient. Advances such as self-ligating brackets and wire-bending robots have made lingual treatment possible for more patients.  However, lingual appliances are still used rarely to treat more complex problems, especially those involving transverse complications.
These clinicians describe the treatment of an adult with a Class II malocclusion and complex problems, including a second premolar crossbite resulting from a narrowed maxillary arch. The patient did not wish to undergo orthognathic surgical procedures, instead requesting orthodontic treatment with lingual appliances for esthetic reasons. Although the use of conventional lingual appliances and methods appeared difficult because of the patient's severe vertical and horizontal problems, the appliance design and treatment technique were successfully modified to satisfy her request.
Read the full report in the July issue of the AJO-DO.

Monday, July 14, 2014


Earn 3 hours of Continuing Education credit this summer

Read 4 articles in the July issue of the AJO-DO, then take the online CE exam for 3 credits. The price is a very reasonable $20.

Learning objectives for the July exam include:

1. A familiarity with the literature on the time related growth of the anterior cranial base.
2. An awareness of the effects of 3 different palatal expander designs in unilateral cleft lip and palate patients.
3. An understanding of the relapse relationships for overjet, overbite and anterior crowding in extraction versus non-extraction treatment.
4. A knowledge of the effectiveness for 3 methods of anchorage supplementation.

To submit your answers to this test and earn 3 hours of CE credit, go to www.aaoinfo.org and log in as a member.  Select the Education tab, then AJO-DO Tests. Purchase the current test, or the test for any issue published in the preceding 12 months.  You will take the test online but can download and print a PDF version of the test. Results are tabulated immediately. To earn 3 hours of CE credit, you must answer 75% of the questions correctly. If you do not receive a passing score the first time, you can take the test again, free of charge, until you pass. Upon successful completion of the test, your CE credits will be added to the AAO's online CE Credit Manager, and you can use the CE Credit Manager to print a certificate.

Friday, July 11, 2014


July 2014; 146(1):5
Nothing but the truth

In his July column, Peter Greco presents the case of Eric, a young patient who, despite the best efforts of you and your staff, has oral hygiene as bad as you've ever seen. You've discussed the problem with Eric and his parents, members of your staff have reviewed every plaque-control technique available...all to no avail. 

Is a "little white lie" to this patient justified if it will help preserve Eric's dental health?   Do the ends justify the means?

Read Peter Greco's comments in the July issue.

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Anterior cranial-base time-related changes: A systematic review 
By Mona Afrand, Connie P. Ling,  Siamak Khosrotehrani, Carlos Flores-Mir, and  Manuel O. Lagravère-Vich

The anterior cranial base has long been considered a stable reference structure for superimposing radiographs. However, some studies have questioned its stability. Therefore, the purposes of this systematic review were to give an overview of the studies evaluating growth and development of the anterior cranial base, assess their methodologic quality, and evaluate their validity and accuracy.

Read their full report in the July issue.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014



Effectiveness of 3 methods of anchorage reinforcement for maximum anchorage in adolescents: A 3-arm multicenter randomized clinical trial

By Jonathan Sandler, Alison Murray, Badri Thiruvenkatachari, Rodrigo Gutierrez, Paul Speight, Kevin O’Brien

In the July Video of the Month,Jonathan Sandler reports on his work comparing the effectiveness of of 3 methods of anchorage in adolescents. You can read the full text of this carefully performed and reported Randomized Controlled Trial in the July edition of the journal.