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Inconclusive evidence for the effectiveness of nonconventional methods in accelerating orthodontic tooth movement

Abdulraheem Alwafi, BDS .


Systematic Review Conclusion

A moderate level of evidence exists regarding low-intensity laser therapy and a low level of evidence exists regarding corticotomy regarding effectiveness in acceleration of orthodontic tooth movement. As for interseptal bone reduction, photobiomodulation, or pulsed electromagnetic fields, the evidence level is limited.

Critical Summary Assessment

Low-intensity laser therapy and corticotomy may be effective for accelerating orthodontic tooth movement, although their real clinical effect is questionable.

Evidence Quality Rating

Limited Evidence

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at:

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These summaries are not intended to, and do not, express, imply, or summarize standards of care, but rather provide a concise reference for dentists to aid in understanding and applying evidence from the referenced systematic review in making clinically sound decisions as guided by their clinical judgment and by patient needs. American Dental Association © 2019