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Adherence to Treatment with Removable Oral Appliances: the Past and the Future.

Authors
  • Kirshenblatt, Stacey
  • Chen, Hui
  • Dieltjens, Marijke
  • Pliska, Benjamin
  • Almeida, Fernanda R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal (Canadian Dental Association)
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2018
Volume
84
Identifiers
PMID: 31199719
Source
Medline
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Oral appliances (OAs) are frequently used in orthodontics and for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Because OAs can be inserted and removed by patients themselves, the patient's cooperation is a major component of effective treatment. In this review, we provide an overview of factors studied in the past that affect adherence to OA use in orthodontics and dental sleep medicine. We also describe future directions in adherence and the use of objective microsensor technology to measure adherence in these patients. Because removable oral appliances (OAs) can be inserted and removed by patients themselves, their cooperation and adherence to therapy are necessary to achieve success.1,2 Removable OAs, such as headgear, removable retainers and functional appliances, are used in orthodontics to correct malocclusions. In the field of sleep medicine, removable OAs are increasingly used as an option in the treatment of patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

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