Edition V25N5 | Year 2020 | Editorial Orthodontics Highlights | Pages 15 to 16
Orthodontic patients often describe an feeling of discomfort or pain associated with certain orthodontic procedures, such as placing elastic separators, replacement of orthodontic archwires and activation of appliances. Because of this, the use of painkillers by patients is not novelty. However, since such drugs can affect the biochemical process involved in the orthodontic dental movement, a comprehensive understanding of its effects is necessary. There is an infinity of studies that evaluated the interaction between movement orthodontic and analgesics; however, this is a topic that still lacks consensus. For this reason, Arab researchers developed a systematic review1 that aimed at investigating, in animal studies, the quality of latest available evidence on the effect of painkillers in the rate of tooth movement.