Do we make fewer extractions than we should?

The other day I was reading an article by my sector colleague Dr Luis Barbero reflecting on the orthodontist's profession in a Smart Aligner Services blog and it gave me pause for thought. In the midst of 2024, with almost a quarter of a new century behind us, orthodontics continues to experience

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Control of "back-and-forth" in clear aligner treatments

The use of clear aligners and digital planning of our treatments means that in many cases we "see" things that we could hardly appreciate with fixed orthodontics. One of them are the "back-and-forth" movements, also known as "round tripping", which with brackets and wires were

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Does anyone know how to integrate RNO with aligner treatments?

During the last few years we have seen how in many cases the integration of neuro-occlusal rehabilitation with aligners has been raised in congresses and conferences on treatments with aligners. Bearing in mind that the whole philosophy of ORN developed by Pedro Planas (and that it cannot be extended in any other way) is based on a new approach.

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What is the PIR protocol?

This protocol, popularized by Dr. Arturo Vela, is based on the classic principles of flattening the curve of Spee: search for space (by proinclination of incisors) and a mixture of relative and pure intrusion that is determined by the patient's initial situation. In any case, we must

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Why is mandibular advancement with aligners better?

The literature is consistent in the results of mandibular advancement with aligners, indicating that this offers better results than those achieved with functional appliances. Although the evidence is limited, practically all of it points to the same aspect: while the classic appliance achieves advancement with a proinclination component, the results are similar.

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Should we overcorrect and/or overtreat expansion?

One of the "reproaches" that aligners have received the most in recent years is the fact that they are "not very predictable", where predictability is understood to mean that clinically the final digitally designed position is expressed exactly and accurately at the clinical level. This, which makes little clinical sense, has

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Expansion by torque change

In the alignment of simple cases, such as this one, we may encounter several challenges, particularly in adult patients who have pre-existing recessions, which should be analyzed in depth to distinguish their origin. It is important to understand that in such cases a mass expansion would be inadvisable, because it would further strain the relationship between

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Predictable treatment with clear aligners

Transverse malocclusions: space and crowding The most common situation in any of our patients is a dento-skeletal discrepancy, which creates a lack of space and crowding that needs to be solved from a biological perspective. In our Common Sense Aligners program we address this issue from the very beginning, because we believe that the

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