chapter  13
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Retention must be considered as an integral component of orthodontic treatment. While one of the objectives of orthodontic treatment is to place the teeth in a stable position within the oral cavity, this ideal in not always achievable. Both patients and clinicians should appreciate that the oral cavity is a vital, living environment which, like the rest of the body, is in a continual state of flux and change. What may be a stable position of the dentition for an adolescent will not necessarily be stable for a 20-or 40-year-old individual.