The selection of patients for orthodontic treatment is necessary where third party payment occurs. Selection
can be based on one of several systems and in this report three methods are compared.
The examination was
performed on a population of 790 Polish children with a mean age of 12 years and 2 months. In this report three methods of
assessment are used. The authors' specific method relates malocclusion to the estimated risk of problems arising as a result
of the malocclusion itself. The IOTN score system assesses the severity of different aspects of malocclusion, thus dividing
patients into 5 groups. The DAI index quantifies the aesthetic appearance of the mouth.
The results show that
using our specific method, approximately 23 of patients should undergo treatment. The figure is approximately the
same using the IOTN, though there is a slight difference in the actual patients chosen. The DAI results in an entirely different
orthodontic treatment need. CoONCLUSION: Our specific method is highly recommended.
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