Case Study 4
Crooked upper and lower front teeth
A mother presented with her teenage son concerned with the crowding of his front teeth.
Examination showed that the teenager had recently lost 1 baby tooth and a further 3 baby teeth remained. The teenager was placed on observation [recall] to wait for his last 3 baby teeth to fall out. Twenty six months later the teenager presented again for follow-up with his adult teeth in place. The teenager was judged to be ready to commence treatment.
Treatment was undertaken without removal of adult teeth. Braces were attached to his upper and lower teeth. An estimated timeframe of ‘24 months or thereabouts’ was provided. Treatment extended over a period of 26 months. Elastics [rubber bands] were not needed during treatment.
This young male was motivated to co-operate with treatment and maintained a high level of oral hygiene [tooth and gum cleaning] throughout. The end result – one happy young man and an equally happy parent.