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The Art and Practice of Dentofacial Enhancement

Formerly World Journal of Orthodontics

Edited by
Rafi Romano, DMD, MSc (Editor-in-Chief)

ISSN 2160-2999 (print) / ISSN 2160-3006 (online)

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Winter 2000
Volume 1 , Issue 2

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The Edgewise Slot: Angles Orthodontic Albatross

Peter C. Kesling, DDS

Pages: 142-151

Editors Note: This provocative article makes us question just how important it is to perpetuate time-linked contributions that were avant garde 75 years ago. Even with myriad alterations in original design, attempting to improve the edgewise bracket after it was introduced by Edward H. Angle 75 years ago as the latest and best, is it what we want as we enter the new millennium? As we know more about biomechanics and appreciate the need for an efficient force that does not have iatrogenic consequences, can we move teeth faster, more easily, and more safely? Great credit must be given to EHA, the mechanical genius, and to those predecessors who developed orthodontic brackets (see Hanks S. Trying to get out of the 20th century. WJO 2000;1:916). But would those same leaders produce the same mechanisms today, knowing what we do now, particularly about bioengineering, tissue response to orthodontic forces, and the relationship of force magnitude and treatment time to iatrogenic sequelae? Does the proverbial Procrustean bed wire-and-bracket armamentaria answer all treatment challenges? Dont we need to do more than straighten teeth? Your comments are welcomed by the author, as well as the WJO, for Letters to the Editor in subsequent issues. --T.M. Graber

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