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The Choice of Early Orthodontic Treatment

Manal Shehada

Madonna University

ESL 5230 – Argumentative paper outline (D0)

March 18, 2015

The Choice of Early Orthodontic Treatment

I- Thesis statement: Although some orthodontists may think that early treatment costs more money and time, its numerous benefits should be considered; as it eliminates malocclusion factors, modifies abnormal growth pattern, and increase the outcome and the stability of the orthodontic treatment.

II- Benefits of early orthodontic treatment

A- Eliminating pathogenic factors of malocclusion in the early stages of forming the occlusion

1- stated that early treatment has been considered as interceptive treatment (Kerosuo et al.,2013)

2- The influence of early treatment on the functional problems makes most orthodontists prefer to treat most of the functional problems in early stages (Al-Shaya, 2014)

B- Increase the efficiency of the orthodontic treatment

1- The ability to modify the growth pattern as early orthodontic treatment takes advantage of normal growth to modify skeletal growth and corrects the malocclusions (Al-Shaya, 2014).

2- Increase the orthodontic treatment outcome as some orthodontic appliances have more positive results when they are used in early treatment (Pirttiniemi et al., 2005)

3- Increase the stability treatment of results as early treatments may have contributed to the good long-term stability of treatment results (Kerosuo et al., 2013)

C- Early orthodontic treatment enhance self esteem in child, it improves their self concept and positive social experience (as citied in Pietilä et al., 2008).

D- Early treatment are the younger patients who are more cooperative with the doctors (Al-Shaya, 2014).

III- Opposing view: disadvantages of early orthodontic treatment

A- There are no big differences between early and later treatment results, and treatment time do not have essential effects on the final results of the treatment (Hsieh et al., 2005).

B- Early orthodontic treatment takes long time

1- Some cases need two phases of treatment in addition to the waiting period (Hseih et al., 2005).

2- Long duration of early treatment causes patient to end treatment prematurely (Hseih et al., 2005).

C- Early orthodontic treatment costs more because one- phase is lower cost than two-phase treatment (Al-Shaya, 2014).

IV- Conclusion:

A- Many orthodontists prefer early orthodontic treatment because it has many advantages.

B- Some orthodontists accused early treatment being more expensive and take long time.

C- The choice of treating children at early stages gives children the chance to enjoy their childhood with better functional and psychological health.

D- Having a clear definition for early treatment which will help researchers to clarify its advantages and end the controversy about it.


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