Description: With its user-friendly organization and descriptive illustrations, this is a nice overview of basic orthodontic principles.
Purpose: Although there is no stated purpose, the book does provide objectives for each chapter that are simply stated and relevant.
Audience: The author suggests an audience of students who are new to orthodontics, general practitioners, pediatric dentists, and related specialists. It is a good resource for practicing general dentists who seek to understand the basic principles of orthodontics and it is useful as a study guide for training dental students.
Features: The 23 chapters cover basic topics ranging from the etiology of malocclusion to definitions of malocclusion and, finally, various treatment modalities. The book also includes contemporary appliances and techniques that represent an up-to-date perspective of orthodontic principles. The illustrations are vivid and simple to follow, increasing their educational value. There is no shortage of illustrations and helpful diagrams.
Assessment: This book offers a well-organized overview of the orthodontic field and is a nice addition to the general practitioner's collection. This fourth edition nicely incorporates clinical advances in technology with well-placed illustrations and tables.