Book Review

From Volume 11, Issue 1, January 2018 | Page 30


Andrew Flett

FDS (Orth) RCS Eng, MOrth RCS (Eng), MClinDent (Orth), MJDF RCS (Eng)

Consultant Orthodontist, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK

Articles by Andrew Flett


This tome, dedicated to orthodontic theory and treatment is a comprehensive account of historical and modern treatment modalities. Each chapter is split into subsections detailing the theory behind each common orthodontic problem described. Chapters then elaborate on the various treatment mechanics employed to solve and correct each malocclusion.

As a graduate of a UK orthodontic training programme, I was intrigued to discover the alternative ways others achieve results using different mechanics. Whilst the entire book may not be useful to the junior UK StR trainee, it is certainly useful for the senior trainee or someone wanting to broaden his/her knowledge of orthodontic mechanics.

There are useful explanations on the use sectional archwire mechanics and, for those that relish the use of removable appliances, there are detailed sections on their utilization. Most chapters contain a subsection detailing the key ages at which European orthodontists feel interceptive treatment would be useful. A number of these timed interventions may be new to some readers but, in selected cases, may yield merit.

For the orthodontic trainee, there is extensive explanation, with diagrams, about the use of headgear, with details on biomechanics to create specific tooth movements. CII correction, a common malocclusion, is also covered, highlighting traditional mechanics like the twin block to newer techniques, such as the fixed functional appliance and temporary anchorage devices.

All malocclusions are also explained from the perspective of adult-based treatment and orthognathic correction. With high quality pictures throughout out every chapter, and a step-by-step guide for loop forming and wire activation, this book would make useful reference material for those orthodontists wanting to complement and build upon knowledge already present on their bookshelves.