The Ten-Minute Evidence-Based Dentistry Column illustrates how to implement the evidence-based dentistry search process to quickly identify and apply the best literature to answer a clinical question. Through critical appraisal, the author of this article answers the clinical question of the effectiveness of vacuum-formed retainers (VFRs) compared to bonded orthodontic retainers in maintaining tooth positioning and promoting oral hygiene. The study reviews existing literature and highlights the challenges in evaluating the two types of retainers, primarily due to patient compliance with VFRs. While some studies suggest that bonded retainers provide better short-term retention, the choice between retainers depends on various factors, including patient preferences and commitment. A systematic review indicates that part-time wear of VFRs can be adequate for maintaining tooth alignment. The article emphasizes the need to consider individual patient characteristics and treatment objectives when choosing a retainer type.
"10-Minute EBD: Can a Vacuum-Formed Retainer Replace a Bonded Orthodontic Retainer?,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 104:
8, Article 10.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol104/iss8/10
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