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

Authors: 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. See the participant information sheet for more details (click on the link below to access).

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

Survey: Preferred Orthodontic Treatment Approaches to Class II Malocclusion

Authors: 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)

Survey: Orthodontic retention practices & retainer characteristics among specialist orthodontists

Authors: 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. 

About: Comparing contemporary orthodontic retention practices among specialist orthodontists in Australia with practices outlined in a similar Australian survey conducted in 2004.  Also comparing Australian retention practices with other countries and acquiring 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).

Click here to take this survey (estimated time less than 15 minutes)

Study: Clinical management of orthodontically inflammatory root resorption

Authors: 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- H7272). 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  

Author: 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

Authors: 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

Author: Jorge Martins, 5th year student of Integrated Degreein 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)