J Dentofacial Anom Orthod
Volume 19, Number 1, 2016End of Treatment and Retention
|Number of page(s)||10|
|Published online||17 April 2018|
Orthodontic occlusion and temporary removable retainers
Lecturer and hospital physician, Odontology Research and Teaching Unit, University of Montpellier, France
2 Professor, Odontology Research and Teaching Unit, University of Montpellier, France
3 Hospital physician, Odontology Research and Teaching Unit, University of Montpellier, France
4 Registrar, Odontology Research and Teaching Unit, University of Montpellier, France
Corresponding author: Isabelle Bonafe 545, Avenue du Pr Jean-Louis Viala 34193 Montpellier, France. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 29 July 2015
Implementing retention at end of orthodontic treatment is not straightforward: it may induce harmful side-effects on occlusion, muscles, joints and posture.
To foresee and prevent such risks, exhaustive clinical examination should be performed ahead of the retention phase: history taking, intra- and extra-oral examination, and static and dynamic analysis. The choice of type of retention appliance will result from this appraisal:
The practitioner should be rigorous in producing the device (form and choice of material), fitting it (fixity, stabilization), adjusting it (balance), and above all in follow-up.
Whatever the selected retention system, regular clinical follow-up is mandatory, to monitor ongoing adaptive balance: teeth, joints, muscles, etc.
Key words: Removable retention / occlusion / temporomandibular dysfunction / bruxism / posture
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