Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics
On-line version ISSN 2176-9451
CAPELLI JUNIOR, Jonas and ALMEIDA, Rhita Cristina Cunha. Orthosurgical treatment of patients in the growth period: at what cost?. Dental Press J. Orthod. [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.1, pp. 159-177. ISSN 2176-9451. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S2176-94512012000100019.
Awaiting growth to end prior to starting orthosurgical treatment is sometimes extremely difficult for patients suffering from severe facial deformities. In cases of substantial skeletal disharmonies surgery may be indicated during active growth phase when the patient is psychosocially, aesthetically and/or functionally compromised. To indicate this therapy, orthodontic criteria, such as mild intramaxillary discrepancy and the possibility of preoperative preparation without major dental repositioning, must be met. A second orthosurgical treatment will probably prove necessary after growth has ended. This treatment should not be considered as routine, but rather as a therapeutic option in carefully selected cases.
Keywords : Orthodontics; Orthognathic surgery; Psychosocial impact.