Orthodontic treatment outcomes obtained by application of a finishing protocol

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Edition V21N02 | Year 2016 | Editorial Original Article | Pages 88 to 94

Alvaro Carvajal-flórez , Diana María Barbosa-lis , Oscar Arturo Zapata-noreña , Julissa Andrea Marín-velásquez E Sergio Andrés Afanador-bayona

Objective: To evaluate the results of a finishing protocol implemented in patients treated in the Orthodontics graduate program at Universidad de Antioquia. Evaluation was carried out by means of the criteria set by the Objective Grading System (OGS) of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). Methods: Cast models and panoramic radiographs of 34 patients were evaluated. The intervention group (IG) consisted of 17 patients (19.88 ± 4.4 years old) treated under a finishing protocol. This protocol included training in finishing, application of a finishing guide, brackets repositioning and patient’s follow-up. Results of the IG were compared to a control group of 17 patients (21.88 ± 7.0 years old) selected by stratified randomization without finishing intervention (CG). Results: The scores for both CG and IG were 38.00 ± 9.0 and 31.41 ± 9.6 (p = 0.048), respectively. The score improved significantly in the IG group, mainly regarding marginal ridges (CG: 5.59 ± 2.2; IG: 3.65 ± 1.8) (p = 0.009) and root angulation (CG: 7.59 ± 2.8; IG: 4.88 ± 2.6) (p = 0.007). Criteria that did not improve, but had the highest scores were: alignment (CG: 6.35 ± 2.7; IG: 6.82 ± 2.8) (p = 0.62) and buccolingual inclination (CG: 3.6 ± 5.88; IG: 5.29 ± 3.9) (p = 0.65). Conclusions: Standardization and implementation of a finishing protocol contributed to improve clinical performance in the Orthodontics graduate program, as expressed by occlusal outcomes. Greater emphasis should be given on the finishing phase to achieve lower scores in the ABO grading system.

Orthodontics, Treatment outcomes, Index of Orthodontic Treatment Need, Malocclusion, Clinical protocols,

Carvajal-Flórez A, Barbosa-Lis DM, Zapata-No- reña OA, Marín-Velásquez JA, Afanador-Bayona SA. Orthodontic treatment outcomes obtained by application of a finishing protocol. Dental Press J Orthod. 2016 Mar-Apr;21(2):88-94. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/2177-6709.21.2.088-094.oar

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