Orthodontics: Art Meets Science Course 2017
Advanced reading on research evidence.

These sessions will be a structured discussion on specific subject areas. This will be based on the blog posts and any associated papers in Kevin's Blog. www.Kevinobrienorthoblog.com. We will update this list early in 2018 to make sure that the course is up to date.

If you want to get the most of the course we suggest that you read the blog post and the paper. We will be going through most of the papers in detail and discussing the findings. However, if you are pushed for time just reading the blog will be fine!

Thursday 22nd February
Coffee and registrations 08.30

SESSION 1: 09.00-10.30

How to read a trial and understand the literature

How to read a randomised trial

New evidence on the treatment of palatally placed canines

Early Treatment of Class II malocclusion

How to read a systematic review

Early Class II treatment: The wheel keeps turning: The pyramid of denial

What do we know about Class II orthodontic treatment ? A new Cochrane Systematic Review

Orthodontic treatment and trauma to the front teeth: Are the risks reduced?

Coffee 10.30-11.00

SESSION 2: 11.00-13.00

Later Class II treatment

Two years of the blog: What do we know about functional appliance treatment?

Herbst vs Twin Block a randomised trial Paper

The effects of Twin Blocks a prospective study Paper

Treatment effects produced by the Twin-block appliance vs the Forsus Fatigue Resistant Device in growing Class II patients

Lunch 13.00-14.00

SESSION 3: 14.00-15.15

Brackets, Wires, Space Closure

Self Ligation another nail in the coffin

Self Ligation: More nails in the coffin

Coffee 15.15-15.30

SESSION 4 15.30-17.00

Speeding up tooth movement

Lets talk about AcceleDent

AcceleDent again. Cyclic vibration accelerates tooth movement: A clinical trial

Ground Hog day? AcceleDent again! Vibrational force has no effect on tooth movement a new trial

Drinks reception courtesy of American Orthodontics 17.00

Friday 23th February
SESSION 5 09.00-11.00

Question and Answers
This is going to be question and answer session. Could any delegates let us have any questions that they would like us to answer and discuss by Monday 30th January. If you have any pictures of the particular problem, then it would be great if you could send these and we can project them while we all discuss the problem etc.


TADS are effective. The results of a trial
A systematic review that shows that TADS are effective

11.00 Coffee

SESSION 6 11.30-12.45

Class III treatment

What is the best treatment method for Anterior Crossbites: fixed or removable appliances?
s it better to use a removable or fixed appliance to correct an anterior crossbite? Treatment of Class III malocclusion
Early Class III protraction headgear works!

Lunch 12.45-13.45

SESSION 7 13.45-15.00


We have a new trial on retention
To have and to hold a systematic review of retention
Which is better vacuum formed or Hawley retainers.

Coffee 15.00

SESSION 8 15.15-17.00

Current controversies: Short term orthodontics/Myofunctional orthodontics

Should GDPs do orthodontic treatment?
A bit of a controversial orthodontic blog
Lets talk about Myofunctional orthodontics

Clinical Cases
We will also be discussing clinical cases as part of the course. You will gain maximum benefit from the course if you have a look at these and consider how you would treat them. Because of consent issues we have had to remove the facial photographs but the cephalograms are still visible. They are clearly labeled as cases 1-10 with another file containing three orthognathic cases. These cases are in the pdf files below.

Case 1
Case 2
Case 3
Case 4
Case 5
Case 6
Case 7
Case 8
Case 9
Case 10
Orthognathic cases