It is an exciting time for the Sri Lankan Orthodontic Society (SLOS) and a time to reflect as well as congratulate the Society on achieving some extraordinary milestones. This first publication of the Sri Lankan Journal of Orthodontics represents the recognition that the SLOS has developed an matured into a robust group that has been recognised by the international community. The editorial board and group of reviewers have been selected from all corners of the world and articles attracted from the region. We will be actively sourcing articles form our international colleagues but must not lose sight that this Journal is the centrepiece of the specialty in Sri Lanka and will play a role in defining the course of the clinical practice and research in the region. At a time when evidence based clinical care is paramount for any developed environment, it is even more important in developing countries as the primary aim of any educator or clinician is to promote excellence in clinical practice that has a sound scientific base.
Over the last 3 decades I have witnessed the Society grow from a small group of clinicians who had a passion for orthodontics to a more formal professional group that commands the respect of all dental and medical practitioners across Sri Lanka. The extraordinary efforts of the of these early pioneers often goes unrecognised but I wish to acknowledge their active participation in setting the foundations for development. There is a long way still to go and we look forward to a bright future as the breadth of articles will explore many and varied topics of technology, ethics and practice management in addition to the necessary clinical and research areas relevant to orthodontics.
I am personally honoured by the Society to be asked to take the helm for this initial period and I will endeavour to see this Journal become a valuable resource within and outside the shores of Sri Lanka.
Mithran S Goonewardene