A longitudinal index study of orthodontic stability and relapse

Olive, R. J. and Basford, K. E. (2003) A longitudinal index study of orthodontic stability and relapse. Australian Orthodontic Journal, 19 2: 47-55.

Author Olive, R. J.
Basford, K. E.
Title A longitudinal index study of orthodontic stability and relapse
Journal name Australian Orthodontic Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0587-3908
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 19
Issue 2
Start page 47
End page 55
Total pages 9
Editor M. Harkness
Place of publication Victoria
Publisher Australian Society of Orthodontists
Collection year 2003
Subject C1
320800 Dentistry
730214 Dental health
Abstract Background: Previous studies of stability and relapse after orthodontic treatment report short-term stability is generally followed by slow relapse to the original condition. What these studies do not report is whether this relapse is continuous or interspersed with periods of improvement or stability. Methods: A subjective 0-10 index of malocclusion was used to record post-treatment stability and relapse over 10 to 12 years following fixed appliance orthodontic treatment of 24 patients. The severity scores were plotted on timelines. Results: Episodes of change, both favourable and unfavourable, were interspersed with episodes of stability. Conclusions: Changes in the first 3 and 12 months post-treatment are indicative of the 10 to 12 years post-treatment outcomes. This index may provide a useful instrument to analyze patients and/or their study models longitudinally.
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