Conclusion

The field of orthodontics continues to evolve with continued technological innovations and research. The most recent popular advances have been in these fields of acceleration of orthodontic tooth movement to shorten overall treatment times, orthodontic treatment with aligners, and the use of skeletal anchorage. While exciting, it is important to note that there is still a great amount of research left to be done in order to conclude which modalities can accelerate OTM effectively. In addition, technology has changed the way orthodontic problems are diagnosed and treated. All of these advances have expanded the patient populations seeking treatment and have improved what clinicians can expect when treating patients. To ensure optimal treatment of patients, it is important for clinicians to continue learning and to keep up with advances as the field progresses as a whole to ensure that all orthodontic patients are treated to the optimal standard of care.