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1Q6. What is the consequence of not receiving orthodontic treatment?

What is the consequence of not receiving orthodontic treatment?

The consequences of refusing orthodontic treatment depend on the type of orthodontic problems patient has. Even in the worst case scenario, orthodontic problems are unlikely to lead to any rapidly deteriorating disease process resulting in loss of tooth or loss of masticatory function.

 

Some of the possible consequences of refusing orthodontic treatment when recommend by your dentist may include:

 

  • Progressive asymmetric development of jaw, leading to permanent jaw asymmetry.
  • Increased risk of trauma to upper anterior teeth.
  • Adult teeth trapped within the jaw bone due to crowding, unfavorable eruption pattern or other developmental reasons.
  • Less efficient mastication.
  • Over utilization of certain functional unit of teeth leading to rapid localized tooth wear.
  • Possible psychosocial considerations – in school as a child and in work place as an adult.
  • Certain treatment that can be resolved with orthodontics and orthopedic appliance as a child may require surgical treatment if delayed until adulthood.

 

To determine the specific consequences in individual cases, consult with you general dentist or orthodontist.


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