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2018 Annual Session Conference

Retention with Thermoplastic Retainers: What you Need to Know

May 7, 2018 1:05pm ‐ May 7, 2018 1:50pm


Retention is perhaps the most important part of any orthodontic plan. In many parts of the world there is an increase in the use of thermoplastic retainers, but what sort of material should we use, what design should we use, how often should patients wear them and how do we improve compliance? Dr. Littlewood will provide an entertaining overview of the best current evidence of the use of thermoplastic retainers, including how they compare to bonded retainers and useful clinical tips to take back to the office.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the best evidence about thermoplastic retainers.
  • Recognize appropriate designs and modifications to thermoplastic retainers.
  • Propose methods of improving compliance with thermoplastic retainers in your office.


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