An early approach to Class III malocclusions is crucial. From diagnosis to treatment, the aim is be to correct and harmonise maxillary and mandibular growth as quickly as possible.
A new treatment protocol for the early treatment of Class III malocclusions to be used in children in deciduous teething and/or early mixed teething was proposed. Ten children, 6 females and 4 males, with an overall average age of 6.5 years (6 years and 6 months) at time T0 were included in this experimental study. Twelve months orthopaedic interceptive therapy using two protraction facemasks (Delaire and Petit mask) and two types of extraoral elastic bands (8 and 16 oz) were given. Parents/guardians were involved as much as possible to increase compliance with the treatment.
The orthopaedic-interceptive treatment for Class III malocclusion intends to provide a potential improvement of the growth response so that significant results can be achieved quickly. The motivational role of the parent can positively influence the child’s treatment cooperation. The clinician should then try to make parents understand the importance of early treatment of Class III malocclusion thus obtaining a full cooperation with the parent/ guardian and a good compliance from the child.
Vol.24 – n.1/2023
Harvard: V. Quinzi, S. E. Salvati, A. Pisaneschi, M. Palermiti, G. Marzo (2023) "Class III malocclusions in deciduous or early mixed dentition: an early orthopaedic treatment", European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 24(1), pp42-44. doi: 10.23804/ejpd.2023.24.01.07
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