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Angle Orthod. 2012 Nov;82(6):1060-6. doi: 10.2319/101311-640.1. Epub 2012 Mar 12.

Self-ligating vs conventional brackets as perceived by orthodontists.

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Department of Biostatistics, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA.

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).

PMID:
22409395
DOI:
10.2319/101311-640.1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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