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Revisiting Developing Malocclusions: When “Early” is the Right Time

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Description

Our profession has progressed! Unquestionably, the achievements in orthodontics have made our professional endeavors a wonderful experience. The pendulum that regulates the initiation of orthodontic treatment has been swaying in different directions for many years. However, at present, this balance seems to be shifting, as the pendulum appears to be swinging toward an earlier start preferably in the late mixed dentition.

In an effort to establish grounds to initiate treatment earlier or later, we must try to answer two key questions: 

  • Should developing problems be intercepted and treated in two phases? 
  • Which malocclusions should receive consideration for treatment at an early age?
Undoubtedly, there is much agreement as well as disagreement on what to treat. This program compiles new evidence on early-treatment, a protocol for Class Ill interventions as well as a “Potpourri of Clinical Pearls” bridging old and new techniques. The objective is to trigger a reflection on what we believe, do, and teach day in and day out. We hope to be able to stir even more curiosity within each one and revisit ideas and concepts we execute as clinicians.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
  • Present a quantitative assessment in relation to the effectiveness of early interventions. 
  • Discuss the percentage of reduction of the severity of a malocclusion can be obtained with an interceptive orthodontic treatment. 
  • Review a special protocol for Class III treatment. i Review principles of interceptive orthodontics and discuss treatment protocols and alternatives.

Contributors

  • Dr. Eustáquio Araüjo

    Professor Eustáquio Araüjo received his DDS degree from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in the year of 1969. In 1981, he received his certificate in Orthodontics and Masters on Dental Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh, Pa. His professional life has been devoted to the orthodontic clinic, education, and research.

    In 2000, he applied for the Orthodontic Program Director position at Saint Louis University. However, his commitment to the Catholic University in Brazil made him return to his country in 2003 to lead a new vision for the Institution. He then became President of PUC Minas with its 42,000+ students and 5,000 professors and employees. During his tenure as PUC Minas President, Dr. Araüjo never lost his ties to orthodontics. He kept his private office in Brazil working with his associates in order to keep himself close to his greatest passion: orthodontics. In 2007, his term as President of PUC Minas ended and he did not accept a possible renewal. He returned to Saint Louis University to serve as a full-time professor and presently is the Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Dental Education, orthodontics program director, and the Pete Sotiropoulos Endowed Professor of Orthodontics.

    Dr. Araüjo has made many contributions to orthodontic education through research, publications, and lectures all over the world. Together with colleagues he is responsible for a new textbook, “Recognizing and Correcting Developing Malocclusions”. He is a member of the Brazilian Association of Orthodontics (ABOR), Angle Society of Orthodontics — Midwest Component, International College of Dentists, World Federation of Orthodontics, American College of Dentists, and is a past President of the Brazilian Board of Orthodontics. Dr. Araüjo is married to Teresa Araüjo, his soul mate and best friend, and has a daughter, Cristiana (Kika), an orthodontist and academician at the Jacksonville University in Florida, and a son Francisco, a marketing major married to Veronica, who lives in Belo Horizonte.