ORTHODONTIC : Pseudo class III treatment in 2-year-old children


Timing of orthodontic treatment especially for children with developing Class III malocclusions has always been somewhat controversial.

Pseudo class III malocclusion is recommended to be treated early as this type of malocclusion doesn’t diminish with age.

Untreated pseudo class III may lead to serious problems. The case report describes pseudo class III in primary dentition successfully treated by using Protrusive Arch Wire.

INTRODUCTION : Timing of orthodontic treatment, especially for children with developing class III malocclusions, has always been somewhat controversial.

The earlier the interceptive phase is initiated, the greater the orthopedic effects will be to the detriment of the unavoidable orthodontic and orthopedic effects.

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Esthetics for the child implies the improved self-esteem considering the psychological factor.

The diagnosis of pseudo class III malocclusion differs from that of skeletal class III malocclusion because it is defined as functional forward displacement of the mandible as a result of retroclined maxillary incisors.

The aim of early treatment of this type of malocclusion is to correct pseudo class III, otherwise it can lead to serious class III mallocclusion which would be possible to treat only with combined orthodontic and orthognatic method.


Open Journal of Stomatology
Maen Mahfouz

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