About Orthodontic Diagnosis
In diagnosis and treatment planning, the orthodontist must
- Recognize the various characteristics of a malocclusion or dentofacial deformity.
- Define the nature of the problem, including the etiology if possible.
- Design a treatment strategy based on the specific needs and desires of the individual.
- Present the treatment strategy to the patient in such a way that the patient fully understands the ramifications of his/her decision.