ACE Panel Report Finds Use of Intraoral Appliances Expanding

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Intraoral appliances are commonly used in dental practice, and multiple members of the dental team are involved in the fabrication process, according to an ADA Clinical Evaluators Panel report published in the December issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

The report, which includes the responses of 286 ACE Panel member dentists, found 88% of respondents provided patients with intraoral appliances other than removable partial dentures. More than half offered bleaching trays, flippers or Essix retainers, splints, athletic mouthguards, orthodontic retainers, fluoride trays, and clear aligners. Most dentists said they offer intraoral appliances as treatment options for their patients daily or a few times a week.

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