No significant change was observed in the number of posterior contacts during T1, whereas a significant increase was found at T2 (P < 0.01) for the second premolars (P < 0.01) and second molars (P < 0.05). Both 'ideal' and 'non-ideal' contacts increased significantly but only at T2 (P < 0.05). The number of ideally located contacts on the posterior teeth at all three periods were lower than normal values (P < 0.01); while non-ideal contacts at T1 (P < 0.05) and T2 (P < 0.01) were found more often when compared with the values of normal subjects. Only the increased number of premolar contacts at T2 was more than normal values (P < 0.01). There was no expected increase in occlusal contacts at T2; however, posterior occlusal contacts were increased at T3.