Essentials of Orthodontics Aravind Sivaraj
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1Essentials of ORTHODONTICS2
3Essentials of ORTHODONTICS
Aravind Sivaraj BDS MDS Professor and Head Department of Orthodontics Chhattisgarh Dental College and Research Institute Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh, India Foreword A Venkatesan
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Essentials of Orthodontics
First Edition: 2013
Printed at
5Dedicated to
My father
Mr K Sivaraj6
In recent years, orthodontics has become one of the most vital subjects for study in the understanding of general dentistry. Due to varied reasons, the subject has remained largely unexplored among general practitioners and undergraduate students. There has been a huge hurdle for the general practitioners and undergraduates, who want to explore further in the field of orthodontics due to unavailability of compact text, highlighting all the essentials in orthodontics.
I find, Dr Aravind Sivaraj has made an honest attempt to fill up this lacuna in elaborating all the essentials of practical and clinical orthodontics.
What makes the book unique and hence worth possessing is its format and a large number of illustrations and diagrams make the understanding of the subject easy. It is evident that a lot of meticulous thinking and hard work have gone into this work and the labor would be fruitful if the people for whom it is intended enjoy the book.
The interest and the efforts of Dr Aravind Sivaraj are highly commendable and the book should stand as an example to other young teachers to emulate.
I am sure that the book would not only be accepted and appreciated by all, but also many more editions of it, would be published with regular upgradation of the material contained in it.
A Venkatesan MDS
Former Principal, Professor and Head
Department of Orthodontics
Tamil Nadu Government Dental College and Hospital
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India8
Essentials of Orthodontics is written in clear and simple language useful for the undergraduates in dentistry, general practitioners and as a quick reference guide for the postgraduates in orthodontics.
This book is edited from various textbooks, study materials and manuals in orthodontics. the purpose of the book is to educate the students with clear thoughts on the subject with emphasis on the deep understanding of the concepts and theories in orthodontics.
The text is written for rapid and easy uptake, with only a few classical illustrations and a handful of carefully chosen references. Many topics are well covered in other texts, and do not need a lengthy description, but where clinical precision or a new concept is involved, a full explanation is provided.
The book is designed for the dental students, orthodontic residents and general dentists to understand the basic concepts and essential procedures regarding the diagnosis, treatment planning and treatment of patients, who have relatively simple malocclusion problems and to consult the specialist in case of complex problems.
Readers will essentially learn about the mechanics of how appliances move teeth, the different types of appliances, and the latest orthodontic materials in the market. A much-needed text for the dental students and also an excellent resource for dentists, who want to expand their practice. The book is not intended to compete with the major texts on the theory and techniques that form the basis of contemporary orthodontic teaching and practice. However, the book will be a valuable and welcome addition to the existing texts in orthodontics.
Orthodontics is constantly changing and has become a dynamic field in dentistry and medicine. Rapid advancement in the orthodontic technology and techniques has transformed the field into the first and best specialty in dentistry. Every possible step has been taken to prevent any errors and mistakes in the subject; any such occurrence is highly unintended and unfortunate. Comments and suggestions are highly appreciated.
Aravind Sivaraj10
I believe that orthodontics is one of the finest professions, as it combines the best of both the science and art of dentistry. The greatest appreciation, we can demonstrate to our profession is to impart and pass on knowledge and expertise to students and fellow colleagues.
First of all, I wish to thank M/s Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (p) Ltd, New Delhi, India, for accepting my manuscript for publication into a book.
I sincerely thank all my teachers, well-wishers, colleagues, friends and students, who inspired me to write the book.
My heartfelt thanks to my mother, wife, daughter and son. Their sacrifices and support have been overwhelming.
I wish to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all the people responsible for the publication of the book.
Finally, I thank God Almighty for this wonderful science of orthodontics.