Whether knowingly or not, every dentist who treats children practices orthodontics. It is not enough to think of orthodontics as being solely concerned with appliances.
Orthodontics is the longitudinal care of the developing occlusion and any problems associated with it.
All qualified dental practitioners should be encouraged to consider the orthodontic requirements of their patients.
This booklet is designed to help general dental practitioners examine children from an orthodontic viewpoint.
It will highlight the assessment of patients at different stages of dental development and will outline the interceptive procedures and treatments available to deal with the conditions most commonly encountered.
Before specific assessment and treatments are considered, a general view of the developing dentition and face is advisable.
This should rely on common sense as well as experience and ability.
bos.org.uk / British Orthodontic Society