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: Assessment of gingival biotype

Researchers: Dr Mithran Goonewardene, A/Prof Johan Aps, Dr Steven Naoum, Dr Richard Lee, Dr Christophe Duigou and Dr Jessica Kong

About: Measure of true gingival thickness of a patient cohort using ultrasonography and comparing these determinations to assessment of gingival biotype using visual and periodontal probe transparency methods. The survey explores the diagnosis of gingival biotype by visual assessment.

Click here to take this survey (estimated time about 8-10 minutes)

Survey: Trend in use of orthodontic mini-screws among Australian orthodontists

Researchers: Dr Myat Mon Thinn, Prof Craig Dreyer from the University of Adelaide

About: The use of orthodontic Mini-screws among Australian orthodontists, failure percentages and treatment protocols. Also evaluation of the most commonly used type of mini-screws, determination of failures and correlation of other factors. This study is being conducted part of the DCD (Orthodontics) programme and has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee atthe Univeristy of Adelaide.

Click here to take this survey (estimated time about 5-10 minutes)

Survey: Identification of gingival biotype and GDP's opinion towards the need for early orthodontic treatment

Researchers: Dr Yul Kim, Prof Craig Dreyer, and Prof Lisa Jamieson from the University of Adelaide

About: Investigates the assessment of gingival biotype by various dental practitioners and how it influences extraction patterns in orthodontic treatment. Also investigates GDP's responses towards early orthodontic problems in children of ages 8-10 (this part is not applicable for orthodontists).

Click here to take this survey (estimated time about 10-15 minutes)

Survey: Utilisation of the Medicare Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Scheme by Australian Orthodontists

Researchers: Dr Morgan Wishney with researchers from the Discipline of Orthodontics a the University of Sydney School of Dentistry.

About: The engagement of of orthodontists with the Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Scheme (CLPS) and their attitude towards the scheme. The study has ethical approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Sydney. 

Click here to take this survey (estimated time about 5-7 minutes)

Survey: Preferred Orthodontic Treatment Approaches to Class II Malocclusion

Researchers: Academic researchers from the Department of Orthodontics at King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Saudi Arabia.

About: Exploring the differences in Class II orthodontic treatment approaches among orthodontists across the globe. The survey has received ethical approval from the Research Ethics Committee at KAU. All the survey responses will be strictly confidential and results will be anonymous. 

Click here to take this survey (estimated time about 10 minutes)

Study: Clinical management of orthodontically inflammatory root resorption

Researchers: Scott Currell, Dr Peter Grant, Professor Adrian Esterman and Professor Alan Nimmo from James Cook University.

About: The importance of a lateral cephalometric radiograph as a diagnostic aid in Orthodontics. The study will contribute to an Honours research project (Human Research Ethics Committee). Taking part is completely voluntary and you can stop taking part in the study at any time without explanation or prejudice. Data from the study will be used in research publications and reports. You will not be identified in any way in these publications. 

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

Survey: Lingual Orthodontics  

Researchers: 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)

About: 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.

Click here to take the survey (estimated time about 5 minutes)

Survey: The Psychological Health & Wellbeing of Australian Healthcare Professionals

Researchers: Researchers within the Division of Psychology at the University of Tasmania.

About: Examining possible predictors of healthcare professionals’ positive and negative psychological outcomes associated with their work. Results could increase understanding of factors influencing the psychological wellbeing of Australia’s healthcare workforce, and inform interventions to support them.

Click here to take this survey (estimated time about 30-45 mins) 

Survey: International Perception of the impact of Dental Sleep Medicine

Researchers: Jorge Martins, 5th year student of Integrated Degree in Dental Medicine at the Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (Portugal).

About: to determine the international perception of the impact of Dental Sleep Medicine through the study of the Doctors and Dentists knowledge about Roncopathy and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome, its clinical experience, the knowledge and application of the protocols defined by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine in this matter, as well as the opinions of these professionals on the multidisciplinary treatment of these pathologies. The survey complies with the provisions of the Code of Ethics and Conduct of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, the Helsinki Declaration, the Oviedo Convention and the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on protection of data.

Click here to take this survey (estimated time about 10 minutes)