Have you ever wondered about developing a treatment plan for class III growing kids? In many cases, coming up with a class III orthodontics treatment plan can seem a little difficult, but this shouldn’t have to stop you from finding the right approach. Fortunately, our experts have outlined some of the things you should know to help in diagnosing the correct treatment plan for children with Class III cases.
Class III Growth Tendencies in Growing Kids
When coming up with an orthodontics treatment plan for growing children, it’s important to consider the different growth tendencies that growing individuals can express.
Of course, before you go ahead with this, making sure you’ve taken a Ceph is the gold standard of your orthodontics treatment plan. However, you may be able to get an idea of the correct diagnosis by eye.
Mandibular Excess vs Maxillary Deficiency Cases
Generally speaking, maxillary deficiency cases will show up in much younger patients than a mandibular excess. Indeed, mandibular excess cases tend to worsen as the patient’s growth slows down towards the end of their growth, often at the worst point around the end of puberty.
Always consider skeletal growth when addressing mandibular excess and maxillary deficiency cases. Luckily, Class III cases in younger patients is generally easier than in older, non-growing patients, provided they are enthusiastic about the orthodontics treatment plan.
Depending on the case in question, you may be able to move the lower teeth back, the upper teeth or upper jaw forward. Always complete an airway and OMT evaluation before progressing with these cases, to be sure.