EARLY ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT. DOES IT WORTH THE EFFORT?

Loredana Golovcencu, Daniela Anistoroaei, Georgeta Zegan, Catalina Iulia Saveanu

ABSTRACT

 Early orthodontic treatment refers to prophylactic, interceptive and curative methods for early correction of different types of dysfunctions and malocclusions. Although not all types of malocclusions are suitable for early orthodontic treatment there are some cases in which this „two stage treatment” is indicated for a easier and stable final orthodontic result with fixed appliances in permanent dentition. Our paper presents such cases where early orthodontic treatment improves skeletal and dento-alveolar growth, corrects muscular and skeletal imbalances and creates proper conditions for development of the oro-facial structures. The malocclusions in which we exemplified the need for early orthodontic treatment are the  ones the most frequently seen in our practice such as: anterior cross bite, skeletal class III malocclusion with maxillary deficiency and pseudomandibular prognathism and skeletal class II malocclusion

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