Edition V20N05 | Year 2015 | Editorial Orthodontics Highlights | Pages 15 to 17
Since the early days of Orthodontics as a specialty, researchers do not worry about the search for mechanisms that speed up the orthodontic treatment. There are several methods and products used for this purpose. Corticotomies, laser therapy and various drugs have been tested and some of them scientifically evidenced. As a gold standard has not been reached regarding the acceleration of orthodontic movement, the research continues. Following this trend, Indian researchers developed a study1 evaluating whether vitamin D3 would accelerate orthodontic tooth movement or not. But the reader might wonder: why vitamin D3? According to the authors, the reason to test its application took place as a result of studies in animals that have shown good prospects of the substance for this purpose. Unfortunately, the results previously found in animals remained unproven when clinically used in patients. Therefore, it was concluded that vitamin D3 application does not increase the movement charge. The results of this study call attention to the need to conduct well-designed clinical studies prior to clinical use and that results found in animals do not always represent what occurs clinically in humans.