Article: Volume 7 Number 3 Page 89 - July 2014

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  Orth Update 2014; 7: 89-92

Orthodontics:  Adult Orthodontics Part 1: Special Considerations in Treatment

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Abstract: Adult orthodontic demand in the UK has increased significantly in both private and National Health Service sectors, the reason being improvement in the availability of orthodontic services and an increased patient awareness towards orthodontics; in particular the desire for adults to have an aesthetic smile. There is also the role of orthodontics as an adjunct to restorative, periodontal and orthognathic treatment.

Clinical relevance: Successful orthodontic treatment of adults depends on an understanding of the biological, mechanical, psychological and aesthetic needs of adult patients.

Author notes: Mohammed Almuzian, BDS, MSc(Ortho), MSc HCA(US), MFDS RCS(Edin), MFD RCS(Ire), MJDF RCS(Eng), Hon StR in Orthodontics and Alastair Gardner, BDS, MFGDP(UK), FDS RCPS, MSc, MOrth RCS, FDS(Orth) RCPS, Consultant Orthodontist, Glasgow Dental Hospital and School, 378 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JZ, UK.

Objective: To understand the special considerations required for the successful orthodontic treatment of adults.

Kavo Kerr