Stability of orthodontic treatment and dental extractions

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Edition V22N03 | Year 2017 | Editorial Editorial | Pages 9 to 9

David Normando , Guilherme Janson

“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm” Winston Churchill, British politician and writer.

Today’s orthodontics has substantially reduced the need for extractions. One of the reasons for this change in approach is based on the findings of studies published in the early 1980s by researchers at the University of Washington, who reported similar rates of teeth alignment relapse in cases treated with or without premolar extractions.1,2 Thus, it was reported that the decision to extract teeth would not improve the chances of increased long term orthodontic treatment stability. However, Little et al focused their studies on the changes that occurred in teeth alignment. If one glimpses beyond crowding, an analysis of the literature will undoubtedly reveal that this assumption may be wrong, and the reverberating truth may in the future damage our ears, as it will certainly damage the patients’ teeth.

Normando D, Janson G. Orthodontic treatment stability and tooth extractions. Dental Press J Orthod. 2017 May-June;22(3):9-10. DOI:

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