Are We Adapting Technology to Treatment, or Treatment to Technology?

Sometimes technology is a better way to do the wrong thing. Be careful!

Dr. Bill Arnett | FABKnoweldge

With the recent growth and explosion of important technologies in 3D printing and scanning, we are also seeing a concomitant quantitative “explosion” of cases – mostly shared through social media – that are being treated through adapting these technologies to the manufacturing of customized appliances. This is an excellent and most welcome advancement for sure, yet it does seem – at least to me and a number of like-minded colleagues – that we are going through a period of initial hyper-excitement over the capabilities we have at hand at the moment, and that many seem to be using them practically on every patient they treat, simply because they can! The above quote from Dr. Bill Arnett is a real philosophical eye opener. Although he is an avid user of new technologies in the field of Orthodontics, he is very much aware of the potential pitfalls.

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Is Piezocision Effective in Accelerating Orthodontic Tooth Movement: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.

Zora Neale Hurston

This is a short blog post announcing the publication of our latest research article; a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis entitled: Is Piezocision effective in accelerating orthodontic tooth movement: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Birthed through the enormous collaborative efforts of colleagues Dr. Samer F. Mheissen (Syria) – the instigator and review coordinator – and Dr. Haris Khan (Pakistan), I’ve had the great pleasure of being a co-author on this project.

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The “Big Picture Approach”: Orthodontic Problem Solving From a Bird’s Eye View

“When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail.” ~ Abraham Maslow

When facing critical problems and difficulties in our case progression and mechanics during orthodontic treatment, we sometimes struggle with finding the right solution and seem to be going deeper into complexity, and often, nothing seems to be working! In such situations, it’s always useful to remember to see the big picture of the situation first, before drowning further in the little details.

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The Disappearance of Excellence: One Orthodontist’s Opinion.

A Guest Blog Post by Prof. Arnold J. Malerman  DDS;  Clinical Professor of Orthodontics at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

“The difference between a good Orthodontist and a great Orthodontist is attention to detail.” ~ Brainerd F. Swain, DDS

Today marks the start of an interesting series of Guest Blog Posts by prominent figures and authorities in the orthodontic community from around the world, who have graciously agreed to share their personal viewpoints regarding some important issues related to the orthodontic profession, here on The Orthodontic Notefile. The aim of these guest blog posts is to raise awareness and start a wider discussion of varying points of view regarding many debatable issues facing the orthodontic profession today, therefore your participation in the discussion in the comments section below is highly encouraged and welcome.

In the first of these guest posts, Professor Arnold J. Malerman; Clinical Professor of Orthodontics at the University of Pennsylvania, shares with us his personal opinion regarding what he believes to be three major issues facing orthodontists in the 21st century.

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To Master or Not to Master?.. That is the Dilema!

In this post, I would like to share my brief opinion regarding what I view as the dilemma of choice between true mastery versus the trend of relentless adoption of new technologies in Orthodontics and Dentistry in general.

“Plowing through complexities without first mastering the basics is a trap even the most intelligent can fall into. “

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