Proses Penuaan Terhadap Pertimbangan Perawatan Ortodonti (Consideration of Ageing Process to Ortodontic Treatment)
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Today, people from various age group are looking for orthodontic treatment, among them are elderly patients. Ageing is a physiologycal process of gradual disappearance the ability to maintain and repair the normal tissue. Orthodontic appliances can take advantage of favourable growth in adolescents. However, Thereare limitation orthodontic treatment in elderly patients. Bone masssteadily declines with age, but loss of bone due to ageing can be difficult to distinguish from the loss due to diseases. The absence ofperiodontal disease and co-morbidity and good oral hygiene are requirement to have an othodontic treatment. The tissue response to orthodontics treatment is much slower than in young adult. In the elderly tooth movementis still highly feasible and useful to improve the function and aesthetics of the dentition. Orthodontic treatment would increase their quality of life.