Periodontal force: a potential cause of relapse.

@article{Southard1992PeriodontalFA,
  title={Periodontal force: a potential cause of relapse.},
  author={Thomas E. Southard and Katharine Southard and Elizabeth A. Tolley},
  journal={American journal of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics : official publication of the American Association of Orthodontists, its constituent societies, and the American Board of Orthodontics},
  year={1992},
  volume={101 3},
  pages={
          221-7
        }
}
Relapse of aligned mandibular anterior teeth and the progressive collapse of the mandibular arch is a significant problem for orthodontists. However, identification of a specific cause of such relapse has proved elusive. The transseptal fiber system is thought to stabilize teeth against separating forces. It is hypothesized that this fiber system may actually maintain the contacts of approximating teeth in a state of compression, the long-term result of which could be contact slippage and… CONTINUE READING
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