In another interesting post from Prof. Kevin O’Brien, he reviews some research undertaken in Jordan looking at whether micro-osteoperforation can speed up tooth movement. Micro-osteoperforation is a process where orthodontists make small holes near your teeth roots to cause localised trauma. The concept is that as healing takes place at these sites, the teeth move faster reducing the time your treatment will take (that explanation does over-simplify what is quite a complex process but if you wish to find out more, just google ‘orthodontic micro-osteoperforation’).

His post includes a link to a short video produced by the researchers which shows what they did in this study, the control measures, how the data was gathered and the results of this study. The conclusion from the study was that micro-osteoperforation did not speed up tooth movement in the patients who undertook the study.

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