Whether individual orthodontic cases can be viewed as successful or not needs to be evaluated by the stability of treatment results. Numerous factors affecting stability are under the control of the orthodontist. The establishment of a functional and stable post-treatment occlusion should be a primary objective of orthodontic treatment. This is a clinical presentation with case reports and discussion of factors affecting post-treatment relapse from a clinical standpoint as well as description of a retention protocol for long-term stability.
Determine the most common problems in orthodontic retention.
Distinguish the most important factors which provide for long-term stability of orthodontic results from a clinical perspective.
Identify a good retention protocol to maintain the finished orthodontic results for long-term stability.