Diagnosing Early Interceptive Orthodontic Problems — Part 2

June 1, 2008
A Peer-Reviewed Publication

A Peer-Reviewed Publication

Written by Michael Florman, DDS; Rob Veis, DDS; Mark Alarabi, DDS, CECSMO and Mahtab Partovi, DDS

This course has been made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Appliance Therapy Group. The cost of this CE course is $59.00 for 4 CE credits. Cancellation/Refund Policy: Any participant who is not 100% satisfied with this course can request a full refund by contacting PennWell in writing.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to do the following:

  1. Be knowledgeable about posterior crossbites and the numerous appliances available to treat this problem.
  2. Be knowledgeable about the three types of anterior crossbites and the appliances used to treat them.
  3. Increase your knowledge of Class III skeletal and dental diagnosis and treatment planning, and the appliances available to aid in their correction.
  4. Be knowledgeable about the different philosophies that exist regarding how to treat Class II malocclusions.


Early examination and treatment of the mixed dentition enables the practitioner to identify at an early stage the specific problems discussed in this article, and to determine when to commence treatment and/or refer patients to an orthodontist. In addition to problems discussed in Part I, orthodontic problems discussed in this article (Part II) include crossbites, open bites, excess spacing, and Class II and Class III malocclusions. Treatment options using appliances for early interceptive orthodontics are also addressed.


This continuing dental education article is Part II of “Diagnosing Early Interceptive Orthodontic Problems.” After completing this course, the reader will have a clearer understanding of specific problems associated with children in the mixed dentition stage of development. These problems include excess spacing, crowding, crossbites, open bites, and Class II and Class III malocclusions. Appliances that can be used to treat these various orthodontic problems are also discussed.

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