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Age-appropriate orthodontic treatment: Psychological considerations

  • Richard J. Baylon
    Address correspondence to Richard J. Baylon, DDS, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, Department of Development and Surgical Sciences, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455
    Division of Pediatric Dentistry, Department of Development and Surgical Sciences, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
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      It has been this author’s observation during three decades of academic and private practice experience that pediatric dental patients, their parents, and their peers are increasingly concerned about dental mal-alignment and poor dental esthetics. This awareness drives a variety of personal, social, and relationship responses in each child’s life and contributes to an increasing number of referrals for mixed dentition orthodontic treatment. Can orthodontic clinicians give children an advantage in their psychological and social development by improving self-image while providing them with age-appropriate orthodontic care? This article will present a review of the relevant literature and provide the reader with the evidence and opinions suggesting answers to the question posed above.
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