Edition V15N03 | Year 2010 | Editorial Special Article | Pages 134 to 157
Certain malocclusions require orthodontists to be capable of establishing a diagnosis in order to determine the best approach to treatment. The purpose of this article was to present clinical cases and discuss some diagnostic elements used in drawing up a treatment plan to support tooth extraction. All diagnostic elements have been highlighted: Issues concerning compliance, tooth-arch discrepancy, cephalometric discrepancy and facial profile, skeletal age (growth) and anteroposterior relationships, dental asymmetry, facial pattern and pathologies. We suggest that sound decision-making is dependent on the factors mentioned above. Sometimes, however, one single characteristic can, by itself, determine a treatment plan.