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Contemporary orthodontics (fifth edition) by William R Profitt et al
Over one-quarter of a century has passed since the publication of the first edition of this book. The most noticeable difference between that edition, published in 1986, and this most recent one, is surely that the original was illustrated mostly in black and white interspersed with the occasional red-and-black line drawing. The latest edition is also nearly 200 pages longer and Professor Proffit now shares authorship with Professors Henry W Fields and David M Sarver from Ohio State University and the University of North Carolina, respectively.
New to this fifth edition is a review of the contemporary applications of 3D imaging in both diagnosis and evaluation of treatment with particular (but not exclusive) emphasis on cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) plus updated information on temporary anchorage devices (TADs) and miniplates. Also new is a discussion of the latest advances in the biology of orthodontic treatment, including an evaluation of new ways to accelerate orthodontic tooth movement and the continuing evolution of improved fixed appliances.
Since the previous (fourth) edition published in 2007, there are over 200 new illustrations, which include colour photographs, radiographs and colour line drawings and tables. There is also updated material on psychosocial problems in orthodontic treatment, oral function and the relationship between injury and dental disease. Throughout the text there are many illustrated case studies and each chapter is supported by literature references.
As with the first edition, the book opens with a chapter by Dr Proffit entitled Malocclusion and dentofacial deformity in contemporary society, which gives an overview of orthodontic treatment and malocclusion, and alludes to the pioneering works of the progenitors of contemporary orthodontics, Norman Kingsley and Edward H Angle.
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