This article has reported on a survey of 1,000 randomly selected orthodontists in the United States to ascertain the incidence of use of the circumferential supracrestal fiberotomy technique to minimize rotational relapse. It was also the purpose of the study to determine whether any problems were associated with the procedure. While the surgical technique is not widely prescribed, there are regional differences. The results of this survey tend to indicate that the technique is reasonably problem-free and that its use probably will be increasing in the future. It should be emphasized that quantitative long-term studies of the effectiveness of the procedure and of possible periodontal sequelae have to date not been reported in the literature.
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