Edition V20N06 | Year 2015 | Editorial Orthodontics Highlights | Pages 13 to 15
It is not rare to hear new patients complaining about the manifestation of traumatic injuries right after having fixed orthodontic appliances installed. There are several strategies used by orthodontists aiming to minimize these manifestations, such as installing the appliances in stages — thus allowing the patient to get used to them — as well as using orthodontic wax in order to protect areas that may suffer trauma. However, what can be done when traumatic injuries appear anyway? We often use an ointment that has become popular in Dentistry and is made from triamcinolone acetonide which is a synthetic corticosteroid with anti-inflammatory, antipruritic and anti-allergic actions. Yet, these medications still need improvements, especially in regard to the speed in solving such problems (Fig 1). Following this perspective, American researchers have developed a topical powder made of antifungal, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and antihistamine compounds with promises of providing this improvement. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of this new compound, American researchers conducted a controlled and randomized clinical study1. The results achieved were promising, as this new compound led to a quicker resolution of traumatic injuries when compared to the placebo group.