Research and Surveys

Part of our mission is to ensure that research and development into orthodontics continues and is adequately funded. The ASO's Foundation for Research and Education gives financial support to universities, students and researchers as part of our mandate.

The ASO also alerts members to current research projects that may be of interest and assists in advertising projects and surveys looking for participants.

Listing on this page is at the discretion of the ASO. Details of any studies are supplied for information purposes only and do not constitute ASO endorsement of content, products, organisations, or people.

If you would like to list your research, project or survey here, or have suggestions about  something of interest to members, please contact the ASO Office. 

Current Projects & Surveys

Survey: Orthodontic retention practices & retainer characteristics among specialist orthodontists

This survey is a research project being undertaken by Dr Maurice Meade and Professor Craig Dreyer, Orthodontic Unit, University of Adelaide with support from the Adelaide Society of Orthodontists Foundation for Research and Education. 

The aims of the project are to survey contemporary orthodontic retention practices among specialist orthodontists in Australia and to compare with practices outlined in a similar Australian survey conducted in 2004.  Also to compare Australian retention practices with other countries and acquire new knowledge regarding retainer characteristics.  The study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Adelaide (approval number H-2018-207).

Questionnaires take less than 15 minutes to complete and Survey responses will be anonymous. Please review the Participant Information Statement on the survey intro page before agreeing to take part. Click on the URL link below for participation information and link to the survey: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DRLQPND

Your participation in this study is greatly appreciated.

The Psychological Health & Wellbeing of Australian Healthcare Professionals Survey

This study is being conducted within the Division of Psychology at the University of Tasmania. The purpose is to examine the possible predictors of healthcare professionals’ positive and negative psychological outcomes associated with their work. The results could increase understanding of the factors influencing the psychological wellbeing of Australia’s healthcare workforce, and inform interventions to support these individuals.

For all the details and to take the survey (participation will take approx 30-45 mins): https://surveys.utas.edu.au/index.php/647681?lang=en 

Clinical management of orthodontically inflammatory root resorption: a cross-sctional study

You are invited to take part in a research project about the importance of a lateral cephalometric radiograph as a diagnostic aid in Orthodontics. The study conducted at James Cook University by Scott Currell, Dr Peter Grant, Professor Adrian Esterman and Professor Alan Nimmo will contribute to an Honours research project entitled: “The clinical management of orthodontically inflammatory root resorption: A cross-sectional study”. (Human Research Ethics Committee- H7272).

Taking part in this study is completely voluntary and you can stop taking part in the study at any time without explanation or prejudice. The data from the study will be used in research publications and reports. You will not be identified in any way in these publications. 

If you are interested in participating in the study, or know anyone who might be interested, please contact the principle investigator at [email protected]

Lingual Orthodontics Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/lingualorthodontics 

This questionnaire will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. The purpose is to survey the current status of lingual orthodontics in Australia. Findings may be used to identify aspects of the provision and teaching of lingual orthodontics in Australia that may be improved upon, for the betterment of our profession. This will also form the basis of a master’s thesis for a Master of Science in Lingual Orthodontics at Hannover Medical School, Germany.

The survey is being conducted by Jasprit Nirmal Singh: BDS (Mal), Dip. Dent. Clin. Sci. (Lond), MFDSRCS (Edin), MSc Orthodontics (Lond), MOrthRCS (Eng), MRACDS(Orth); Student of MSc in Lingual Orthodontics, Hannover Medical School (2017-2019)