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Online Lectures

2007 Annual Session - Lessons Learned From Patient Retreatment: An Analysis Of 200 Patients Who Had Orthodontics As Children And Who Sought Retreatment As Adults

Credits: None available.

Staff Club: $0.00
Standard: $75.00
Members: $30.00
Residents: $0.00
CE Passport: $0.00
Distance Learning: $0.00


Analysis of patients who seek re-treatment has the potential to teach orthodontic specialists important lessons from which they may find methods to reduce various forms of relapse that lead to orthodontic therapy later in life. Through the process of failure analysis, attendees will learn lessons that can be incorporated immediately into their practice. 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. Similar case types seen in your practice may be guided by treatment plans and retention protocols that provide greater long-term stability. By understanding and properly managing the most common problems for which patients seek re-treatment, orthodontists will be in a position to significantly reduce the time-consuming, costly process of re-treating a large number of orthodontic conditions. This presentation will also describe steps that have been recently integrated into our practice to overcome instability problems associated with the three orthodontic case types that account for 87 percent of re-treatment cases. By incorporating insights gained from this study of orthodontic failure analysis, you will be able to:

  • Communicate better with patients who are at high risk for relapse
  • Treatment plan this group more effectively and efficiently
  • Have fewer medico-legal concerns related to unmet patient expectations

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to identify adolescent patients who are at risk for instability of their orthodontic correction
  • Communicate better with patients/parents regarding the potential for instability
  • Treatment plan patients at high risk for instability (HRI) more effectively and efficiently
  • Reduce medico-legal concerns related to unmet patient expectations for the HRI group of patients



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