D. LAURITANO, G. CACCIANIGA
The demand for orthodontiv treatment has been growing in the past few years, due to growing awareness and interest in general population for improving dental aesthetics and functionality. Adult orthodontics is increasing in popularity as it is becoming more feasible to move and improve teeth alignment, irrespective of the technique. Although a comprehensive orthodontic treatment cannot preclude the possibility of periodontal disease developing later, periodontal diagnosis and treatment can be a useful part of the overall treatment plan for a patient who could have periodontal involvement. The patient’s ability to achieve and maintain good overall oral hygiene and prevent priodontal disease is fundamental while undergoing orthodontic treatment. The aim of our study was to demonstrate the pressence of red complex bacteria in orthodontic patients and the usefulness of new diagnostic tests to control periodontal disease during orthodontic treatment.