Many general dentists have indicated during my orthodontic courses that they received little information on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with orthodontic problems as part of their education in dental school.
Many orthodontic clinicians are reluctant to treat patients prior to the eruption of the permanent teeth.
There are many reasons why early orthodontic treatment is good for a child’s self-esteem and is also important for the child’s overall health.
There are basically two different treatment philosophies within orthodontics: the retractive philosophy and the functional philosophy.
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The more traditional approach favors the retractive philosophy. The current school of thought favors early treatment with the functional philosophy.
° Written by Brock Rondeau