• Relationship of Hispanics’ Mandibular Incisors to the A-Po Line by Toshio Kubodera Ito, D.D.S., Ph.D., Chrisel Zarate Diaz, D.D.S., M.S. and Ricardo Medellin Fuentes, D.D.S., M.S.
    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the protrusion of the mandibular arch, measuring the anteroposterior position of the mandibular incisor, relative to the A-Po line, in a group of 192 Hispanic patients with ideal occlusion and facial harmony. The material was a lateral cephalometric headfilm tracing from each patient on which the horizontal distance from the incisal border of the mandibular incisor to the A-Po line was measured. The results were analyzed by three age groups (9 to 11, 12 to 14 and 15 to 17 years).

    Some of the primary goals of orthodontic treatment are to attain and preserve optimal dental relationship as well as facial attractiveness. It is recognized that the incisal positions influence the soft tissue profile, their positions after orthodontic treatment should be such that a harmonious soft tissue profile is produced. [Read More]

  • Dr. R. Thomas Rocke
    On April 14, 2001, Dr. R. Thomas Rocke died after a year-long battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma. He is survived by his parents, Dr. Robert and Dorothy Rocke and Diana, his wife of 23 years.

    Survivors also include two sons, Martin Lloyd and Jeffery Rocke, two daughters, Merrit Bender and Jennifer Waldrop, one granddaughter, “Maddie” age 2, one brother, Dr. Paul Rocke and one sister, Susan Alford.

    Few have contributed as much to the development and teaching of orthodontic treatment utilizing Tip-Edge brackets and the Differential Straight-Arch® Technique as Tom. He was always willing to share his knowledge and experience which proved a great benefit to colleagues and their patients around the world. [Read More]