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Self-ligating vs conventional brackets as perceived by orthodontists.
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PMID:  22409395     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Abstract Objective: To determine if there are significant clinical differences between self-ligating brackets (SLB) and conventional brackets (CB) during orthodontic treatment, as perceived by orthodontists. Materials and Methods: A survey was developed and distributed to evaluate how SLB compare to CB in terms of orthodontists' perceptions (n  =  430). Results: SLB were preferred during the initial stage of treatment based on the shorter adjustment appointments and faster initial treatment progress they provided (P < .0001). On the other hand, practitioners preferred CB during the finishing and detailing stages of treatment (P < .0001). CB were also preferred over SLB because they were cheaper and resulted in fewer emergency appointments. Conclusions: The orthodontists' preference was significantly influenced by (1) the proportion of patients treated with SLB (P < .0001), (2) the number of cases it took them to become accustomed to SLB (P < .0001), and (3) the average appointment intervals associated with SLB (P < .0001).
Authors:
Chase Prettyman; Al M Best; Steven J Lindauer; Eser Tufekci
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Angle orthodontist     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1945-7103     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-3-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370550     Medline TA:  Angle Orthod     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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a Private Practice, Charlotte, NC.
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