How to Detect Early Orthodontic Issues:

Pediatric dentists and General dentists have the chance to diagnose any dental or skeletal problems in children and young adults, and can detect their orthodontic problems during their youth. Dentists should have understanding in the growth and development of occlusion of young patients. This lecture will discuss different cases, the best timing to recognize different orthodontic problems. There will also be an overview of pediatric orthodontic appliances, including removable versus fixed appliances, as well as information on how to approach proper space management in orthodontic patients.

Learning Objectives of the Lecture:
1. To know how to detect early orthodontic issues.
2. Understand the use of removable and fixed ortho treatment for phase I.
3. To be able to diagnose and make decisions of which case should be referred to an orthodontist.

  • CE Credit: 2
  • Audience:
Jung-Wei Chen

Jung-Wei Chen, DDS, MS, PHD, FAAPD, Diplomats ABPD, FACD, FADI, FICD

Dr. Jung-Wei Chen earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1996 at the Taipei Medical University School of Dentistry in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. She graduated from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 2000, receiving her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry and a Master’s Degree in Oral Biology. Dr. Chen taught as an Assistant and then Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Texas’s Dental Branch at Houston, and studied at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Health Information Science, where she earned her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Health Informatics in 2002 and 2007, respectively. She has been a full-time Associate Professor (2008), Professor (2014) and Program Director at the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in the Advanced Specialty Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry since 2008. Dr. Chen is a board-certified Diplomat and Board Examiner for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She has also served on the Board of Directors, Chair of Continuing Education and as Editor for the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry. She currently serves as a member of the Council on Scientific Affairs of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the Education Committee of International Association Pediatric Dentistry. She was recently given the title of Secretary and Treasurer for the International Association for Dental Research’s Pediatric Oral Health Scientific Group. She is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, and is the recipient of several national and international awards, scholarships, and grants. She has published numerous articles and is a nationally and internationally invited speaker.