About Orthodontic Diagnosis

In diagnosis and treatment planning, the orthodontist must

  1. Recognize the various characteristics of a malocclusion or dentofacial deformity.
  2. Define the nature of the problem, including the etiology if possible.
  3. Design a treatment strategy based on the specific needs and desires of the individual.
  4. Present the treatment strategy to the patient in such a way that the patient fully understands the ramifications of his/her decision.