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Trust innovation means a smoother ride at the dentist

The Trust has shown its research credentials once again with the development of a new type of retainer by David Waring and Bob Capelli at the Dental Hospital. The pair have developed the “Manchester Positioner”, which is a new method of accurately placing a retainer after orthodontic braces have moved the teeth into the correct position. After orthodontic braces have aligned the teeth to look and positioned correctly there is a period of time in which they want to move back. The methods of reducing or eliminating this is to use retainers that are fixed to the back of the teeth and a retainer that can be removed. Placing the retainer to the back of the teeth is tricky and technically very difficult, meaning the failure rate is high. David Waring said: “The MP is a method of combining the removable and the fixed retainer in one and makes placement of the fixed retainer much easier, more accurate and more predictable.” Oliver Bennett, Assistant Directorate Manager at the Dental Hospital, added: “It is extremely motivating and uplifting to hear that the University Dental Hospital of Manchester is producing innovative ideas and products.”