Review Article: A Review Of Adult Orthodontics – Role Of The General Dental Practitioner
AbstractThere has been an increase awareness of orthodontic treatment for adults in the last 20 years. In it possible for all adult patients to benefit from orthodontic therapy?. The purpose of this paper is to review adult orthodontic treatment so that general Dentists will be better prepared to recognize and also refer adult patients that can benefit form orthodontic therapy. A review of previous studies done on adult orthodontic treatment needs was undertaking. Adult orthodontic treatment was compared with adolescent orthodontic treatment. A review of treatment outcome of adult orthodontic patients showed that most patients felt satisfied with the treatment. Some report appliance discomfort which eased off 2 to 3 days after treatment. Adjunctive and comprehensive orthodontic treatments are the main types of orthodontic therapy recommended for adult malocclusion. The orthodontic therapy and refer to the specialist appropriately.
KEY WORDS: Review, Adult Orthodontics, General Dental Practitioner.
Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice Vol.7(1) 2004: 37-40