The work of Dr. Lawrence F. Andrews in the 1970s changed everything. The emphasis moved away from wire ben-ding, and two things became essential for good treatment mechanics – bracket positioning and bracket quality. In the 1980s and 1990s we developed our treatment philosophy with Dr. Hugo Trevisi and we released it at the AAO in Philadelphia in 1997. In time, it became the most widely used treatment method in the world, but things have moved on since then. We have continued to develop and improve the treatment method and here we document some of the important changes we have made.
It has been our life’s work to develop an ‘ideal’ treatment system. McLaughlin Bennett 5.0 is the latest version of this, and it is fully described in our recent textbook, ‘Fundamentals of Orthodontic Treatment Mechanics’. The aim has been to ‘keep the best and improve the rest’ and you will see important advances in 10 key areas:
1. Indirect bonding 2. Bracket accuracy 3. Better working wires 4. Reducing decalcification 5. Anchorage support 6. A focus on the airway 7. Efficiency in enamel reduction 8. Improved versatility 9. The ‘Progress Review’ 10. Finishing protocols