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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Frederick G. Preis, B.S., D.D.S.(University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery)
Description: This book could well be called "An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Orthodontics" because of its thoroughness both of text and illustrations. The book introduces even the uninitiated to the full range of orthodontic understanding and treatment. However, once past the early chapters, the depth and complexity of the subject become evident and the casual reader will realize that this is an upper level text requiring a background in orthodontics as well as in general dentistry. The authors have used pictures and comparisons to great advantage and the use of color in noting different sections adds interest and clarity to the pages. The previous edition was published in 2000 and this edition has fewer chapters but nine more pages, so it is still heavy.
Purpose: This is intended as a textbook for dental students and dentists as well as an in-depth resource for full time students of orthodontics, whether still in residency or in practice. The reputation of the authors allows readers and clinicians to proceed with confidence. The material is presented in a clear and precise manner and with a natural progression. Although, in general, the book meets the authors' objectives, it is incomplete in discussing and showing patients with the mixed dentition, having only one lateral photograph of a patient in Chapter 12.
Audience: This is a marvelous, complete, and authoritative introduction to orthodontics on the "400" level. Although most general practitioners will find the book provides more depth than necessary for them, it is nevertheless a worthy addition to one's dental library to answer those questions that will crop up.
Features: The book covers a full range of topics in orthodontics, presenting them in an orderly fashion. The sections on growth and development, diagnosis and treatment planning, and biomechanics are particularly good. I would have liked some discussion on "model surgery" and multidisciplinary treatment and greater elaboration on the preadolescent. The photographs are of excellent quality. The radiographs on page 104 are an exception, although, by their very nature, they are hard to reproduce to the extent necessary for interpretation. A glossary is unnecessary, considering the intended audience. Another item I consider archaic is the inclusion of photographs of a patient with full bands undergoing Begg treatment.
Assessment: The third edition was a standard used by many, and for good reason. This fourth edition will continue the tradition because of the color, the graphics, the photographs, the section on micro-implants, the layout, the credibility of the authors, and the presentation of current information in orthodontics. Other books may be superior in some areas, but this one is well rounded and gives an honest appraisal of the subjects it addresses. Each author's strengths are apparent, as are their biases. I have used the third edition as a basis for a course I have taught for the past five years and this new edition appears more user-friendly. I would be remiss, however, if I did not mention that the weight and cost could be negatives and the book may provide more than you want or need. I like the book.