Analysis of patients who seek orthodontic re-treatment has the potential to teach orthodontic specialists important lessons from which they can learn methods to reduce various forms of relapse that lead to a secondary round of orthodontic therapy later in life. Patients with case types that are at risk for instability and subsequent re-treatment will be identified based on the analysis of 200 adults who sought re-treatment. By understanding and properly managing the most common problems for which patients seek re-treatment, orthodontists will be able to significantly reduce the time-consuming, costly process of re-treating a large number of orthodontic conditions. This presentation will focus on steps that are recommended to overcome instability problems associated with the three orthodontic case types that account for 87 percent of re-treatment cases.
Identify orthodontic conditions that are high risk for instability (HRI)
Learn steps to treatment plan HRI patients more effectively and efficiently
Adopt a method of communication to better inform with parents/patients who are at high risk for orthodontic instability
Reduce medico-legal concerns related to unmet patient expectations.