Topics of the day:

1. Non-integrated anchors (TADs)
2. Lingual frenectomy
3. The Coenraad F.A. Moorrees Symposium on Growth and Development
4. ESCO - The Electronic Study Club for Orthodontics


From: "Paul M Thomas" <>
Subject: non-integrated anchors (TADs)
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 10:56:01 +0100

To: Azhar Kharsa and all,

Rethinking one's firm position on a form of therapy is never easy.  And the more extreme the position, the tougher it is.  One thing I've learned in 35+ years as a clinician is that "never" and "always" don't serve us well when applied to forms of therapy.  Congratulations to Azhar on recognising that there are alternatives to osseointegrated implants for implantable anchorage.  As I approach the end of my career, I consider myself fortunate to have experienced the golden age of orthognathic surgery, the evolution of osseointegration, distraction and digital imaging.  I likewise consider myself lucky to have avoided ridge augmentation with particulate hydroxylapatite and TMJ surgery in general and especially with Teflon/Proplast implants.  And now the evolution of temporary anchorage devices.  I became involved with a development effort in 1997 and it's been interesting to see the evolution in devices and their applications over that time.  In a small way, the learning curve and commercial ventures will mimic osseointegrated implants.  There will be a honeymoon period, some failures, design changes, manufacturers coming and going, etc, etc.  Gradually, there will be a shake-down and stabilisation of products and their use.  The pendulum is swinging outward rather rapidly and certainly will come more towards a centered position over the next decade.  It will be fun to watch the evolution.

Kind Regards,
Paul M Thomas
Senior Research Fellow
Department of Orthodontics
Eastman Dental Institute
256 Gray's Inn Road
London WCX1 8LD


From: "Charles Ruff" <>
Subject: lingual frenectomy
Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2005 21:56:49 -0400

Hi everyone!

I recently took a course on laser dentistry and it seemed that everyone at the course but me was worried about tight lingual frenums. I spoke with a pediatric dentist and she made such a big about it. said all kinds of negative things could evolve from a tight lingual frenum. I did a medline search and there were a total of 12 articles. Am I missing something here?

charlie ruff


From: "Carla A. Evans " <>
Subject: The Coenraad F A Moorrees Symposium on Growth and Development
Date: Tue, 2 Aug 2005 16:30:49

The Coenraad F A Moorrees Symposium on Growth and Development at Harvard School of Dental Medicine October 21-22, 2005!

"The 18th annual meeting of the Harvard Society for the Advancement of Orthodontics (HSAO) is organized in memory of Dr. Coenraad F.A. Moorrees, whose rigorous approach to science and contributions to the field of human dentofacial development serve to inspire us all.

In the tradition of Dr. Moorrees, speakers will relate what is happening at the forefront in research to the best in orthodontic care. Participants will learn about the role of stem cells, teratogens, and genetics in dentofacial development and tooth movement."

Please see the attached PDF file for more details.

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