Diagnosis is the most critical part of orthodontic
treatment. In the diagnostic phase it is important to take the following
factors into consideration when planning treatment:
If a proper diagnosis is to be
achieved, it is important to acquire the following:
growth (if applicable),
patient primary concern
is used to:
& PHOTOGRAPHS are used to:
Assure the patients desires
Consider any systemic
List any jaw dysfunction
and MOUNTED DIAGNOSTIC MODELS are used to determine if the
bite is in a proper relationship to the TM Joint (jaw joint).
Evaluate bone support
of the teeth.
Visualize the treatment
objectives (VTO) - using computer morphing.
Evaluate TM Joint (jaw
Evaluate individual teeth
Scan for supernumerary
(extra) teeth or anomalis (unusual) growth.
Not all orthodontic
cases require an articulator
diagnosis. But, when indicated, it can make a SIGNIFICANT difference in
the long-term success or failure of the case.
The relationship of
the jaw joint (TMJ) to a persons' bite is the "cornerstone" of correct
the upper and lower teeth to be related together in a position that is
correct for the jaw joint (TMJ). Most people close their teeth together
fairly close to a correct position and the orthodontic diagnosis is straight
forward. When there is a major discrepancy between where their teeth come
together and where the jaw joint is positioned - the diagnosis is then
more difficult and requires an articulator.
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