Maintenance of Fixed Appliances During Treatment
The length of a course of orthodontic treatment is variable and chiefly contingent on the objectives, compliance and operator parameters. However, the average duration for fixed appliance-based treatment has been estimated at 20 months (Tsichlaki et al. 2016). During this period, it is essential that there is a commitment to maintaining optimal dental health and care of fixed appliances. Suboptimal appliance care and compliance may lead to extended duration of treatment and increase risk of common iatrogenic effects of orthodontics including enamel demineralisation and adverse periodontal effects.
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