We enjoyed having Dr. Ben Villalon from Texas at POS Headquarters last weekend to teach Seminar 14 of the Dentofacial Orthodontics Series. He explains how individual growth prediction takes the guesswork out of orthodontic treatment in this interview.
POS Instructor Dr. Ben Villalon came to POS headquarters for Update 2017 so we took the opportunity to ask him questions about his area of expertise: mixed dentition orthodontics.
How one dentist created unprecedented growth predictions from the most statistically significant growth study in dental history
In the past decade, there has been a large increase in our knowledge of dentofacial growth. The exciting advances are allowing dentists to have unprecedented knowledge of their growing patients. Dentists now have data on the expected maxilla and mandible growth left for an individual patient. These new tools can help dentists to decide when and how to start treatment for the greatest chance of success.
The American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommend that young patients get an orthodontic evaluation at 6 or 7 years of age.1, 2 An early orthodontic check-up enables clinicians to spot current or potential problems with their patient’s occlusion and jaw growth. This can especially be valuable for Class III patients.