IP Indian Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Research

Palatal rugae: Stable or variable

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Author Details: Nilesh Mote, Rajlaxmi Rai, Abhijit Misal, Richa Mishra, Abhimanyu Rohmetra

Volume : 4

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2581-9364

Print ISSN : 2581-9356

Article First Page : 1

Article End Page : 5


Forensics has always considered Palatal rugae as a stable landmark for identification in cases of mishap which needs forensic intervention. Many previous studies have claimed that palatal design and structure is not altered during growth as its position protects it from external trauma. But this theory can now be challenged with studies showing otherwise as a number of people are undergoing Orthodontic treatment to enhance their aesthetics. The question that now arises is that can palatal rugae be actually considered a stable landmark? How orthodontic treatment alters the structure of rugal area and how tooth movement affects the stability of rugae. This article throws light on significant effects of tooth movement on palatal rugae reported by various studies.

Keywords: Palatal rugae, Orthodontic treatment, Stability, Variability, Landmark.

Doi :-https://doi.org/10.18231/2455-6785.2018.0001