Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics by McNamara: A Comprehensive Guide for Practicing Orthodontists
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics is a book written by James A. McNamara Jr., William L. Brudon, and Vincent G. Kokich, published in 2001 by Needham Press. It is intended for orthodontists and their staff who want to learn about the latest advances in contemporary orthodontic and orthopedic treatment, based on the authors' 35 years of clinical experience.
The book consists of 554 pages divided into 18 chapters that cover various aspects of diagnosis, treatment planning, appliance design, clinical management, and interdisciplinary care. The book is richly illustrated with color photographs, diagrams, tables, and charts that demonstrate the principles and techniques discussed in the text.
The first eight chapters provide a synthesis of the wide variety of treatments currently available for malocclusions in the sagittal, transverse, and vertical dimensions. The authors explain the etiology, classification, diagnosis, and treatment options for different types of malocclusions, such as Class I, II, and III; open bite; deep bite; crossbite; crowding; spacing; and impaction.
The next six chapters describe the details of clinical management of fixed appliance therapy, including bracket placement and design (including self-ligating brackets), orthodontic bonding, archwire sequencing, transpalatal arch and utility arch management. The authors also discuss the use of dentofacial orthopedics, such as rapid maxillary expansion and extraoral traction, as well as functional jaw orthopedics (Herbst, Twin Block, FR-2 of FrÃnkel, Bionator) and molar distalizing appliances (Pendulum, Distal Jet, Wilson distalizing arch).
The following two chapters focus on the management of Class III malocclusion with the orthopedic facial mask, the chin cup and the FR-3 of FrÃnkel. The authors describe the indications, contraindications, mechanics, effects, and outcomes of these appliances.
The book also includes two extensive chapters on interdisciplinary treatment written by Vincent G. Kokich, who is an expert in this field. He discusses the principles and strategies for managing complex cases that require collaboration with other dental specialists, such as periodontists, prosthodontists, oral surgeons, endodontists, and implantologists. He also provides numerous clinical examples of interdisciplinary cases that illustrate the benefits and challenges of this approach.
The last two chapters deal with finishing and retention protocols. The authors explain how to achieve optimal esthetic and functional results by using various finishing techniques, such as detailing bends, interproximal reduction, occlusal adjustment, enameloplasty, and composite bonding. They also discuss the importance of retention and stability after orthodontic treatment and review the advantages and disadvantages of different types of retainers.
The book also contains appendices that provide useful information on the clinical and cephalometric evaluation of the orthodontic patient and the relationship of orthodontic treatment, occlusion, and temporomandibular disorders.
In summary, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics by McNamara is a comprehensive guide for practicing orthodontists who want to update their knowledge and skills in modern orthodontic and orthopedic treatment. It is written in a clear and concise manner and is supported by evidence-based research and clinical experience. It is a valuable resource for both beginners and experienced clinicians who want to provide high-quality care to their patients.