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Int J Esthet Dent 15 (2020), Supplement 29. May 2020
In patients with missing maxillary anterior teeth, orthodontic space closure is an evidence-based, effective treatment option: probably the best if the goal is long-term periodontal health. Nowadays, this approach is possible in all malocclusions as the first step of an interdisciplinary approach, which aims not only at an optimum esthetic and functional result, but moreover at reducing the -invasiveness of the subsequent restorative treatment. Space closure should be considered the first alternative in growing patients and when the gingival margins are visible. This essay presents the rationale for space closure and provides clinical tips for interdisciplinary treatment planning and finishing.
Keywords: orthodontics, space closure, missing incisors, missing laterals