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Article: Volume 41 Number 4 Page 306 - May 2014

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  Dent Update 2014; 41: 306-312

Orthodontics:  Anterior Tooth Alignment – Recommendations for Stability

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Abstract: This article considers the importance of current orthodontic practice in retention and stability when considering anterior tooth alignment.

Clinical relevance: With the exponential increase of general dentist-based orthodontic systems for anterior tooth alignment, with considerably shorter treatment times, practical recommendations along with a current literature review are required to improve success and outcome of the long-term result.

Author notes: Raman Aulakh, BDS, MSc(Orth), Specialist Orthodontist, Private Practice, The Ashcroft Clinic, Denham, Middlesex, Postgraduate Tutor King’s College (MSc Aesthetic Dentistry) and Subir Banerji, BDS, MClinDent, Programme Director, King’s College (MSc Aesthetic Dentistry), General Dental Practitioner, Ealing, West London

Objective: To inform general dentists of the importance of considering retention and stability as part of the treatment planning process prior to orthodontic and restorative treatment for anterior alignment.