The McLaughlin Philosophy
Goal-directed orthodontic treatment is extremely important. If the goals of treatment are not established and kept in mind from the initial diagnosis and treatment planning phase through the phase of retention, continuous errors can be made. Treatment then becomes inefficient and results will be disappointing. However, if treatment goals are constantly kept in mind, results will be much more consistent, and when minor compromises must occur, the reasons for these can be understood.
The treatment goals are:
- Condyles in a seated position – in centric relation
- Relaxed healthy musculature
- A “six keys” Class I occlusion
- Ideal functional movements – a mutually protected occlusion
- Periodontal health
- Best possible aesthetics
Once the goals of treatment have been established, it is critical to implement a systematic approach to each of the stages of treatment. Each stage should be organized so that both orthodontist and staff are familiar with its specific details. In this way, treatment will proceed in a most efficient and accurate manner.
This two-year course is dedicated to presenting all aspects of goal-directed treatment and a systematic approach to orthodontic treatment mechanics.”
-Dr. Richard P McLaughlin