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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 105-114

Optimizing interdisciplinary orthodontics

Director, Orthodontist, Smile Care, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ashok Karad
Smile Care, 1/C 3-3, 2, Sujata Niwas, S. V. Road, Bandra (West), Mumbai - 400 050, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jios.jios_226_18

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Orthodontics has always been the discipline that sets the stage for dentofacial esthetics. With the increasing demand for appeal and appearance, orthodontic treatment of adults has been the fastest growing field. In addition to esthetics, increased awareness of malocclusion, functional benefits of orthodontic treatment, advances in materials, esthetically pleasing and biomechanically sound appliances, and interdisciplinary treatment philosophy have all played an important role in making orthodontic treatment popular in adult population. However, in recent years, increased focus on simplified and rapid intervention has created compromises in treatment outcomes. Lack of fundamental diagnosis and systematically sequenced treatment plans are being circumvented by technology and reliance on laboratory assistance. Diagnostic process, essence of treatment planning, and biologic basis seem to be diminishing in importance. This article deals with the philosophy and treatment approach that brings together a diverse group of professionals into a cohesive interdisciplinary team to provide treatment strategies for the adult patient. It explains existing and new orthodontic, periodontic, surgical, and restorative techniques that provide the best possible solution to complex dentofacial problems.

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