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Article: Volume 42 Number 1 Page 24 - January/February 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 24-34

Orthodontics:  Vacuum-Formed Retainers: An Overview

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Abstract: The need for long-term retention following orthodontic treatment is now considered essential to prevent post-orthodontic treatment relapse. The vacuum-formed retainer (VFR) has gained popularity in recent times. This paper describes briefly the characteristics of VFRs and summarizes the evidence in relation to their effectiveness.

Clinical relevance: VFRs are now widely used after orthodontic treatment and it is important that clinicians adopt an evidenced-based approach to their use.

Author notes: Maurice J Meade, BDS, MFDS RCS(Edin), MJDF RCS(Eng), DClinDent(Ortho), MOrth RCS(Edin), Orthodontic Unit and Declan T Millett, BDSc, DDS, FDS RCPS(Glasg), FDS RCS(Eng), DOrth RCS(Eng), MOrth RCS(Eng), Professor of Orthodontics/Consultant, Orthodontic Unit, Cork University Dental School and Hospital, University College Cork, Wilton, Cork, Republic of Ireland.

Objective: To describe the vacuum-formed retainer (VFR) and give a brief overview summarizing the evidence in relation to its effectiveness.