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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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Spring 2002
Volume 3 , Issue 1

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Orthodontics: Having Fun While Learning!

Thomas F. Mulligan, DDS, MSD

Pages: 12-18

Orthodontists undoubtedly spend more time studying forces than any other specialty in dentistry. In the process, forces are defined, described,applied, and the responses are analyzed. Yet, the truth of the matter is that many of the finest orthodontists do not really comprehend the true nature of forces and, as a result, make predictions that do not come true. Even worse, many predictions of tooth movement turn out to be incorrect, with tooth movement occurring in directions completely opposite of what was expected. This is not to imply carelessness on the part of the orthodontist, but rather to expose the lack of real understanding of what was taught at the academic level. Clinical application with unexpected results should not condemn what was taught academically, but should alert the orthodontist to the possibility that what was learned and remembered may not have been understood. There is a significant difference. Too often, the orthodontic student is willing to accept whatever might be said by someone who is assumed to know the answers. In reality, misconceptions can be carried from one generation to the next if not thoroughly questioned and understood. It is hoped that this presentation will stimulate the student/orthodontist to question what is learned, rather than simply remember, to allow a true understanding of the concepts.

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