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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 184-199

Orthodontic finishing: Ten steps to success*

Department of Orthodontics, Universidade Federal Fluminense, UFF, Niterói, RJ, Brazil

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Jose Nelson Mucha
Rua Jornalista Henrique Cordeiro 400/1606, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro 22631-450
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/apos.apos_56_18

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An excellent orthodontic finishing is essential and involves a series of procedures such as a good diagnosis, appropriate treatment plan, and implementing the treatment plan. However, the most critical phase corresponds to finish properly or closely to the appliance removal. It is not enough only to say that it was a good finish. Specifically why, or what details are needed to be observed and obtained, and in what order to conclude that a great orthodontic finishing was done. In this article, I intend to discuss and propose procedures considered indispensable for the excellence in orthodontic finish. The goals are results with excellent oral health; facial, dental and smile harmony; functional occlusion; and especially long-term stability. In this matter, it is important to follow a series of procedures that can be summarized in 10 steps: (1) define clearly your goals; (2) have a checklist; (3) improve bracket placement; (4) repositioning of brackets; (5) make adjustments in the archwires; (6) look at the face, teeth and smile, not the appliance; (7) improve the functional occlusion; (8) reshape teeth anatomically; (9) plan the retention; and (10) plan the appliance removal. The conclusions are that following this steps and keeping in mind that in clinical orthodontic practice is necessary to clearly define the objectives, to know the basic and have technical domain; the result will be inevitable: Success.

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