Keeping orthodontic treatment results steady
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To maintain treatment effects as long as possible, a functional balance has to be struck, stabilizing the underlying morphologic elements. Form should match function, and function should match form, according to the type of dysmorphia treated.
To this end, certain morphological and behavioral features have to be included in the treatment plan, and achieved by end of treatment, with follow-up after retention, so as to maintain them throughout life.
Key words: Retention / maintaining treatment effects / finishing / relapse / stability
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