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2017 Annual Session Conference

AS17B19A - Intelligent Orthodontic Practice: Avoiding Quackery, Myths and Snake Oil

‐ Apr 23, 2017 7:45am

Vibrating teeth to accelerate movement, predicting jaw growth from radiographs, curing everything with self-ligating brackets, the list goes on and on and on. Charismatic speakers, seeking fame and fortune, capture an audience and form a movement. Doctors feel left out so they join. Finally, years later, quality research challenges the convictions (and poor research) promoted by these speaker-salesmen who have moved on to new clinical misadventures. Why does this same cycle repeat itself? Why are we so gullible? The purpose of our lecture is to investigate this pattern of behavior and offer solutions to avoid it.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss a range of orthodontic myths and misconceptions, past and present.
  • Employ best evidence to refute false clinical claims.
  • Avoid snares laid by charismatic quacks.


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