Ever since the dawn of the specialty, orthodontic practitioners have usually chosen their therapeutic appliances carefully focused on the perceived functional outcomes and side effects intrinsic within their design to achieve optimal occlusal and esthetic results. Moreover, the therapeutic reliability and predictability of fixed labial orthodontic appliances has evolved to become the standard for assessing the efficacy of treating malocclusions whenever any other treatment modalities are considered. However, in recent decades with the rapid acceptance and preference for esthetic, or ‘minimally visible’, orthodontic appliances by the patient may have inadvertently locked them into alternative treatment plans that ignore previously tested and accepted optimal treatment objectives.
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