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2019 Annual Session Conference


Vibration Therapy and Fixed Appliances in Accelerating Tooth Alignment: Is there Biological or Clinical Evidence of an Effect?


May 7, 2019 8:35am ‐ May 7, 2019 9:05am

Description

Vibration has been reported in conjunction to orthodontic appliances to accelerate the rate of tooth movement and reduce treatment duration. However, many clinical trials have contradicted this finding and report no accelerating effect. If an accelerating effect is present, biological factors are to be expressed which ultimately will be clinically observed. This lecture will present the results of a randomized clinical trial evaluating the effects of vibration on the alignment of the lower incisors. Additionally, the effects of vibration on 17 important biomarkers associated to orthodontic tooth movement will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize if vibration with fixed appliances has an accelerating effect in the alignemnt of the lower incisors.
  • Evaluate if any biomarkers associated to orthodontic tooth movemnet are increased or decreased with vibration.
  • Compare the results of this randomized clinical trial with others reported in the literature on the effects of vibration and acceleration on the rate of tooth movement.

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