chapter  11
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Detailing the final occlusion

Despite the sophisticated prescription appliances currently in common usage, there are minor adjustments that can be incorporated into the final stages of treatment, which contribute to improving the functional and aesthetic features of the final occlusion. Apart from clinical evaluation of the occlusion, it is at this stage that pre-completion radiographs, dental panoramic tomograms (DPTs) and cephalographs need to be taken to assess root parallelism, anterior root torque, root resorption, position and angulations of unerupted third molars and the possible development of any other anomalies. Radiographs taken at this stage still allow for the possible corrective procedures to be instituted as opposed to radiographs taken after the removal of appliances.