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CASE REPORT

Orthodontic Treatment: The Soft Tissue Paradigm

Shashank Gaikwad, Sachin Doshi, Amol Mhatre, Arundhati Tandur, Natasha Khushalani

Citation Information : Gaikwad S, Doshi S, Mhatre A, Tandur A, Khushalani N. Orthodontic Treatment: The Soft Tissue Paradigm. J Contemp Dent 2012; 2 (1):43-46.

DOI: 10.5005/jcd-2-1-43

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-04-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2012; The Author(s).


Abstract

Since turn of the 20th century orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning has been based on the Angle paradigm that considers ideal dental occlusion ‘nature's intended ideal form’. The orthodontist's task is to seek balance between the patient's aesthetic demands, functional efficiency and structural harmony. The soft tissues largely determine the limitations of orthodontic treatment, from the perspectives of functions and stability, as well as aesthetics. Therefore orthodontist must plan treatment within the patient's limits of soft tissue adaptation and soft tissue contours. This is a case report showing a well finished case keeping in mind the emerging soft tissue paradigm in diagnosis and treatment planning.


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