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Dear Participant
You are invited to participate in the research project described below.
This research project aims to acquire information regarding the prescription of aligners among orthodontists. It also aims to establish why some do not provide aligners as a treatment option.
This project is being conducted by A/Professor Maurice J Meade and Dr Tony Weir, Adelaide Dental School, University of Adelaide.
You are invited to participate as you are a member of the ASO.
You are being invited to answer a series of questions which are mostly ‘tick-box’. The questions relate to your demographic details, aligner use and protocols in practice, digital treatment planning, case selection, adjunctive treatment modalities and post-aligner treatment retention. The survey also provides the opportunity to offer opinions on aligner use.
The survey will take less than 15 minutes to complete.
There are no foreseeable risks.
The survey will provide further evidence for orthodontists to evaluate their own aligner treatment practices and information for future relevant research.
Participation in this project is completely voluntary. If you agree to participate, you can withdraw at any time before submission of the survey.
Participation is anonymous. Data from the survey will remain anonymous and will be stored by the applicant on a password-protected University server. The results will be published in a peer-reviewed journal. The data may be available (subject to ethical approval) for future relevant research for up to 5 years after publication of the results.   
Participants with specific queries regarding the survey may contact A/Prof Maurice Meade [primary contact] at (phone number: 08 83137534; email: or Dr Tony Weir at (phone number: 07 3278 1492; email: 
The study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Adelaide (approval number H-2022-071). This research project will be conducted according to the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (Updated 2018). If you have questions or problems associated with the practical aspects of your participation in the project, or wish to raise a concern or complaint about the project, then you should consult the Principal Investigator. If you wish to speak with an independent person regarding concerns or a complaint, the University’s policy on research involving human participants, or your rights as a participant, please contact the Human Research Ethics Committee’s Secretariat on: Phone: +61 8 8313 6028. Email: Post: Level 3, Rundle Mall Plaza, 50 Rundle Mall, ADELAIDE SA 5000. Any complaint or concern will be treated in confidence and fully investigated. You will be informed of the outcome.

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Submission of survey responses will be taken as an indication of consent to taking part.

Yours sincerely,
A/Professor Maurice J Meade
Dr Tony Weir
Orthodontic Unit, Adelaide Dental School, University of Adelaide. 
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