Evidence behind and controversies in early orthodontic treatment… Dr Mithran Goonewardene

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Evidence based research has cast a shadow over these propositions and changed the way in which contemporary orthodontists approach growth modification strategies.

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For over a century, orthodontists have aimed to modify the growth and relationships of the jaws. The management of skeletal Class II, Class III relationships and transverse skeletal problems have attracted significant focus with clinicians suggesting and even demonstrating significant changes in the short-term. Evidence based research has cast a shadow over these propositions and changed the way in which contemporary orthodontists approach growth modification strategies.

Learning Outcomes
• Know the biological limitations of growth modification treatment
• Appreciate the importance of recognizing these limits
• Differentiate the short and long term effects of growth modification strategies
• Know the guidelines for selecting patients for improving the success of management of malocclusions of skeletal origin

Dr Mithran Goonewardene
Mithran Goonewardene, who completed his graduate studies at the Forsyth Dental Center/Harvard School of Dental Medicine in Boston, is the Head of Orthodontics and Graduate Program Director at The University of Western Australia, A full member of The Edward Angle Society of Orthodontists, he is certified by the Australian Orthodontic Board. Mithran regularly visits Sri Lanka as a visiting Consultant in Orthodontics in the Dental Institute, Colombo and participates in part-time private practice.