Biolux Research Ltd, Vancouver, Canada, has begun a long-term clinical trial to evaluate the effects of Biolux phototherapy technology on orthodontic tooth movement and treatment timelines. The trial, conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Dentistry, will aim to evaluate the efficacy of phototherapy over the course of a complete, full-mouth orthodontic treatment.

The study, headed by Chung H. Kau, BDS, MScD, MBA, PhD, FDS, FAMS (Ortho), FFD (Ortho), professor and chair of the Department of Orthodontics at UAB, will include more than 40 orthodontic patients treated with traditional brackets and wires plus phototherapy. Patients will be followed over the course of the treatment program, including post-treatment follow-up.

Researchers will periodically measure tooth position and movement by physical measurement and imaging, and secondary measures of procedure acceptance, patient compliance, and product validation will also be collected.