Class III treatment opportunities

Ann R Australas Coll Dent Surg. 2002 Oct;16:71-3.


If a developing Class III occlusion is noted at any of the four stages outlined above, it would appear that there should be a logical contemporary approach to long-term treatment, based not only on anecdotal clinical opinion, but also on historical and contemporary research evidence. If all clinicians are aware of these stages and the potential directions in which management might proceed, the treatment of Class III occlusions should not necessarily be seen to be the difficult or heroic undertaking that it might perhaps have been in the past. Well-aligned teeth, a good functioning occlusion and pleasing facial appearance should be achievable. There will, however, be differences in approach to the management for individual patients, depending not only on the opinions of clinicians, but also on the needs and wishes of those patients and their families.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Cephalometry
  • Child
  • Dentition, Mixed
  • Humans
  • Malocclusion, Angle Class III / surgery
  • Malocclusion, Angle Class III / therapy*
  • Mandible / growth & development
  • Maxilla / growth & development
  • Maxillofacial Development / physiology
  • Orthodontic Appliance Design
  • Orthodontic Appliances
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Puberty / physiology