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Featured review: Are there benefits from using bone-borne maxillary expansion instead of tooth-borne maxillary expansion? A systematic review with meta-analysis

Transverse maxillary deficiency is a malocclusion seen among adolescents or adults with prevalence over 8-10%, and can manifest clinically as a unilateral or bilateral crossbite, narrow nasal cavity, arch length discrepancy, and crowding. Treatment usually follow the protocol of a rapid maxillary expansion (RME), where the palatal expander is fixed on maxillary posterior teeth. RME using tooth-borne expanders has been shown to be an effective alternative; however, it has also been associated with some adverse effects to the teeth and surrounding tissue.


In this systematic review, Krüsi et al compare the clinical effects of bone-borne or hybrid tooth-borne RME with convential tooh-born RME in the treatment of maxillary deficiency.

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Featured blog: Q&A with Dr. Nikhilesh R. Vaid

National Orthodontic Health Month is observed by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) in October to promote orthodontic health and share information about orthodontic treatment. 


To mark the occasion, Nikhilesh Vaid, President Elect of the World Federation of Orthodontists (WFO), joins us to discuss the WFO celebrating 25 successful years, current research and disruptions in the profession, and what’s next for the field of orthodontics.

Aims and scope

Progress in Orthodontics is a fully open access, international journal owned by the Italian Society of Orthodontics and published under the brand SpringerOpen. The Society is currently covering all publication costs so there are no article processing charges for authors.

It is a premier journal of international scope that fosters orthodontic research, including both basic research and development of innovative clinical techniques, with an emphasis on the following areas:
• Mechanisms to improve orthodontics
• Clinical studies and control animal studies
• Orthodontics and genetics, genomics
• Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) control clinical trials
• Efficacy of orthodontic appliances and animal models
• Systematic reviews and meta analyses
• Mechanisms to speed orthodontic treatment

Progress in Orthodontics will consider for publication only meritorious and original contributions. These may be:
• Original articles reporting the findings of clinical trials, clinically relevant basic scientific investigations, or novel therapeutic or diagnostic systems
• Review articles on current topics
• Articles on novel techniques and clinical tools
• Articles of contemporary interest

Submitted manuscripts will be reviewed by at least two referees.

Associate Editor Spotlight

Dr Nikolaos Pandis is an Associate Professor in the Orthodontic Department at University of Bern, Switzerland and a tutor for the MS program in clinical trials at The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), UK. 

He completed his degree in dental surgery at the University of Athens and his orthodontic speciality certificate and a Master of Science (MSc) at The Ohio State University, USA. He received a fellowship in craniofacial orthodontics at the University of Texas, USA and a MSc degree in clinical trails from LSHTM, UK. Dr Pandis completed his PhD in Epidemiology from University of Ioannina, Greece. 

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About the Editor

Ravindra Nanda, Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Ravindra Nanda is Professor Emeritus, Former UConn Alumni Endowed Chair and Head of the Department of Craniofacial Sciences and Division of Orthodontics, University of Connecticut. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a member of various organizations, including the American Association of Orthodontists, European Orthodontic Society and Edward H. Angle Society. He has been active in orthodontic research in the area of biomechanics, clinical trials and acceleration of orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Nanda has given numerous lectures at national and international societies including Mershon Lecture at American Association of Orthodontics and Sheldon Friel Lecture at 2011 EOS Congress. He has authored with his colleagues more than 250 scientific papers and 8 text books. He has been recognized with various awards from numerous international orthodontic organizations.

Italian Society of Orthodontics (SIDO)

Progress in Orthodontics is affiliated with SIDO, a non-profit scientific association based in Milan, which was founded in 1968. The mission of SIDO is to provide continuing education and support to its members, to be an adviser and consultant on Orthodontic issues and guidelines at the EU, at the Italian Ministry of Health and Education and at the governmental agencies both centrally and locally, to support regional and local programs and campaigns of orthodontic screening of the population as well as orthodontic care to disadvantaged children. 

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