Innovating Acceleration- Dr. Robert Miller
A recent study published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics found that the correction of Class II malocclusion cases is primarily a result of the stable interdigitation of the posterior teeth. The findings, the result of a 32-year follow-up study conducted by Pancherz et al, also noted a number of factors in relapse for these cases, including bad oral habits and poor retainer compliance.1 With over 53% of orthodontic patients having a mild to moderate Class II malocclusion,2orthodontists have been exploring new innovative options to accelerate treatment for these types of patients and avoid the risk of relapse.
Although many of our patients come to us looking to correct a Class II malocclusion, most choose not to go through surgery. In treating these nonsurgical patients, I have found a number of new technologies that contribute to faster, more effective treatment overall. I have found success using a combination of treatment innovations, including the Xbow™ Class II Corrector, Esprit™ springs from Opal Orthodontics, and AcceleDent® from OrthoAccel® Technologies Inc.
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