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2017 Annual Session Conference

AS17LS33 - Orthodontic Treatment of Special Needs Patients

Apr 23, 2017 9:15am ‐ Apr 23, 2017 10:15am


A smile contributes to social success! Like their healthy peers, people with medical, physical and psychological special needs seek orthodontic treatment to improve appearance, oral health, function and/or self esteem. This lecture distills 30 years of clinical experiences, successes, and disappointments into a practical orthodontic approach toward potential child and adolescent patients with special health care needs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe types of special health care needs.
  • Outline a stepwise approach to orthodontics for patients with special needs.
  • Identify strategies to use in the orthodontic office to promote patient coping and cooperation.


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