Revisiting Developing Malocclusions: When “Early” is the Right Time
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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
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
Review a special protocol for Class III treatment.
i Review principles of interceptive orthodontics and
discuss treatment protocols and alternatives.