Orthodontic Retention and the role of the general dental practitioner

Charlotte R R Molyneaux, Jonathan R Sandy, Anthony J Ireland

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Introduction: Long term orthodontic retention using removable or fixed retainers is needed to maintain the outcome of orthodontic treatment. The aim of this article is to describe how long-term retention is managed and to report on a survey of general dental practitioners (GDPs) as to how this management currently operates in the UK
Materials and methods: GDPs were invited to complete a short online survey on orthodontic retention using an open notice posted in the British Dental Journal and a direct e-mail to the members of a local dental clinical society
Results: Fifty GDPs completed the online survey. Overall, the findings highlighted poor levels of communication between orthodontists and GDPs with respect to the latter assuming responsibility for the management of long-term retention.
Conclusion: The management of long-term retention could be improved by more effective communication between the orthodontist and GDP. One solution might be a retention management proforma. GDPs are in some instances willing to undertake more of the management of retention following further training and possible remuneration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)753-757
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2021

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