What is the best time to treat Class 3 malocclusions? Role of the General Dentist. Part 2
April 17th, 2021
In this Part 2 of the Q&A with Dr Diane Tay, Sydney Orthodontist Dr Andrew Chang discusses and outlines treatment options for Class 3 based upon the dental developmental stages:
And the 12-21 yrs age group whom are generally too late for early orthodontic treatment and their jaw growth is not complete.
Takeaway messages are:
- the 6-8 years age group is better to start early orthodontic treatment
- Early Orthodontic Treatment does reduce the severity of skeletal Class 3's and the incidence of jaw surgery later
For the 12-21 years age group, watch for the long face Class 3's. These are difficult to treat. General strategies are to start later, when their jaw growth is complete. 2 situations of when to treat early in this age group are indicated:
- Accompanying signs of a narrow jaw.
- Signs of traumatic incisor occlusion ie: wear or teeth mobility.