• Global Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD) Usage: A Survey of Orthodontists

      Ashton, Kelsea; Bosio, Jose A.; 0000-0002-8045-3370 (2022)
      Objective: We aim to determine how often TADs are used worldwide and establish guidelines for implementing TADs in everyday practice. Methods: A 19 question survey was sent to orthodontists around the world asking opinion based, case-specific, and placement technique questions regarding TADs. The country of practice and length of time practicing orthodontics were the independent variables. Results: Most orthodontists use TADs rarely/sporadically. There were significant findings for how TADs are being used, sizes, and placement techniques amongst different continents. There was a significant difference in how many TADs orthodontists placed in residency according to how long they have been practicing, but it did not greatly affect frequency of use, mechanics, or placement technique. Conclusion: The frequency of TAD use is similar worldwide and amongst different age groups. Although significant data was found in this study, there is such variability in regard to TADs that clear guidelines were not established.
    • The Perspectives of Middle Atlantic Society Orthodontists on COVID-19

      Vumback, Matthew; Schneider, Monica, D.D.S, M.S. (2022)
      Purpose: This study aims to survey Middle Atlantic Society Orthodontists on how COVID-19 has impacted and altered their practices and outlook on the profession. Methods: This cross-sectional study was designed using Qualtrics XM and consisted of 20 questions focusing on the licensed orthodontists in the MASO regions. Results: Responders had split feelings regarding the length of time out of practice due to regulations. Nearly 48% felt that it was too long, while about 49% felt that it was appropriate. During this time, over 32% have offered more aligner therapy but roughly 51% have seen a reduction in patients. Regardless, over 61% do not believe retirement plans have been affected. Conclusion: A meaningful difference in perspectives exists amongst MASO orthodontists regarding COVID-19 regulations and infection control. Treatment philosophy appears to be shifting towards clear aligner therapy and tele-dentistry. Despite the disruption to the profession, most orthodontists feel hopeful for the future.