Orthodontic treatment: Assessing patient readiness
Maintaining oral health during orthodontic treatment can be a challenge for both the patient and clinician. It is imperative that patients receive a comprehensive oral evaluation prior to the start of orthodontic care. This will allow for an assessment of the effectiveness of the patient's current oral hygiene practices. The clinician can also make a determination of whether the patient is willing and able to implement practices that will lead to the maintenance of gingival and tooth health throughout the course of treatment. During this evaluation, indices that measure oral hygiene should be integrated into the visit, and treatment modalities leading to a shift from a diseased to a healthy oral environment recommended.
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