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Do Self-ligating brackets increase the efficiency of orthodontic treatment?

An evidence-based review

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 October 2013

Padhraig S. Fleming*
Affiliation:
Clinical senior lecturer/honorary consultant/Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, United Kingdom
Kevin O’Brien
Affiliation:
Professor of orthodontics, School of Dentistry, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
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*Address for correspondence: P. Fleming, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, Institute of dentistry, Turner street, London E1 2AD, UK. padhraig.fleming@gmail.com
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Abstract

Self-ligating brackets have become increasingly established in orthodontics in recent decades. While proponents haveprofessed overwhelming advantages of self-ligation, most notably a reduction in treatment time and a reduced requirement for extractions, there has been little convincing evidence to support many of these claims. In this review the evidence concerning the influence of self-ligating brackets on the efficiency of orthodontic treatment is considered.

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Reprint requests to: Padhraig S. Fleming, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, Institute of dentistry, Turner street, London E1 2AD, United Kingdom; E-mail: padhraig.fleming@gmail.com

‘This article was commissioned by Revue d’Orthopedie dent-faciale. It is an updated version of a paper by Fleming and O’Brien in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics originally published in January 2013. The paper is reproduced with permission from Elsevier.’

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Reprint requests to: Padhraig S. Fleming, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, Institute of dentistry, Turner street, London E1 2AD, United Kingdom; E-mail:

‘This article was commissioned by Revue d’Orthopedie dent-faciale. It is an updated version of a paper by Fleming and O’Brien in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics originally published in January 2013. The paper is reproduced with permission from Elsevier.’

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