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: Never Events in Clinical Orthodontic Practice 

Researchers: Dr Jaclyn Rudick (orthodontic resident at NYU Langone) and Dr Laurance Jerrold. 

A never event is a description of an action, event, or failure that should never happen if appropriate policies, protocols, or preventive measures are in place and are followed.  A never event must be clearly identifiable or definable; it must be able to be measured or amenable to metric evaluation; if it does occur it must have the potential to result in either serious, significant, or costly harm; and finally, it must be preventable.   

About: The aim of this project is to investigate something that has never been looked at in orthodontic research - whether or not there are such things as NEVER EVENTS in orthodontic practice. Those are administrative and clinical events that should never happen in clinical practice. For more information about this research please click here.

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

Survey: Orthodontic clinical decision-making

Researchers: Dr Payal Sharma-Birch (PG student at the Universty of Bristol, UK); Prof Tony Ireland and Dr Nikki Atack (University of Dristol, UK): Supervisor Dr Peter Fowler University of Bristol, UK and University of Otago, NZ)

About: Requests dental practitioners who carry out orthodontics to complete an anonymous online questionnaire on various clinical scenarios.

Click here to take this survey (estimated time about 20-30 minutes)