Welcome . . .
to a special issue of the World Journal of Orthodontics. This issue is special in more ways than one. First is its focus on a fast-developing aspect of orthodontics—mini-implants. These little adjuncts have changed orthodontics so fundamentally that indeed the term “paradigm shift” seems indicated. We live in a world of harsh competition, and so every slight modification of an orthodontic adjunct is considered an absolute novelty, or better a revolution, or at best a paradigm shift. If we were reasonable, we would refer to new features and modifications simply as improvements that make our daily practice better and easier. At least the majority of new innovations could be categorized as such, as some of the advances indeed turned out to be quite risky. Or have you already forgotten about the first ceramic brackets? In terms of related risks, mini-implants have performed exceptionally well with few adverse effects to date. In short: I feel they are a paradigm shift and they deserve to be the core of this issue.
It is further a special issue, most notably for me, because it will be the last one for which I will serve as editor-in-chief. With the termination of the contract between the World Federation of Orthodontists and Quintessence Publishing Company at the end of 2010, so ends my work for the World Journal of Orthodontics. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the WFO for entrusting me with this challenging job. I hope I met its expectations at least partially. I also thank my assistant editor, Prof Moschos Papadopoulos, who supported me so generously and effectively. I thank all the authors who contributed to the diversified character that WJO always offered.
I thank all the reviewers who responded to my requests for their advice and who with their evaluations promoted the advancement of our specialty so unselfishly. I also thank the Quintessence editorial staff for their expert assistance in publishing issues. And finally
I thank the WJO readers who trusted me to do my best to make their reading of this journal well-invested time. In every sense, this editorship represents a very interesting period of my life. I know we will meet again, but now it is time to once more say thank you
. . . and farewell.