Thomas, Kara, and the little mermaid Mastertrack Calif.. AGD Sept. 2005 Orthodontic presentation by Treva D. Lee, DDS, FAGD
Patient : J.R, male DOB :7/20/91, start of tx age: 12yr 9mo Ethnicity : American-born Hispanic, English-speaking Health Hx : WNL, unremarkable Dental Hx :TMJ=WNL, OH=B+, midline=on, molar R&L= Cl 1, OB=40%, OJ= 1mm, dental anterior cross-bite, crowded max & mand anteriors, caries #15-O, #18-O,B, perio=WNL Psychosocial : Parents are separated, 1 younger sister,1 older sister. Mom had ortho tx --- 4 premolars & 4-3rd molars extracted, “My braces hurt and I don’t want a lot of teeth pulled on my son”. Chief complaint : “I don’t like the way my teeth stick out in front.”
What does all that gobbledy-gook mean? 1. Where’s the maxilla is in relation to cranium? 2. Where’s mandible in relation to cranium? 3. Where’s mandible in relation to maxilla? 4. What direction is patient likely to grow? 5. Where is upper incisor in relation to maxilla? 6. Where is lower incisor in relation to mandible? 7. What is inter-incisal angle? Helps determine how much the problems are skeletal vs dental discrepancies...
Other factors: airway, level of compliance, facial symmetry
Fan screw, bite blocks, glow-in-the-dark Raiders fan, turn 1/4 turn every 4 days.
Next: check position of max canines - eventually switch to stainless steel wire as finishing wire - up&down elastics prn -reposition brackets prn -will deband “3 months after you & I think everything looks great” -retainers until 3rd molars in/out -pt’s thank-you letter to parents -ideally, pt has prophy & fluoride every 4 months -pt compliant and motivated, calls for appts, but has transportation problems between parents and temporary housing . - pt is growing -removeable applicance to create space and arch form, observe OH -brackets and wires to only level and align