The goal of diagnosis and treatment planning in orthodontics is to plan a course of treatment based on the initial condition of the patient’s problem(s) (ie, a problem list) and the “end of treatment” goal determined by the patient (or parents) and the orthodontist.
Orthodontic diagnosis must be performed thoroughly prior to orthodontic treatment planning. A number of steps are
involved in the diagnostic process, all of which must be performed to reach an accurate diagnosis. The overall steps involved include the patient interview/consultation, clinical examination and use of diagnostic records. Only after these steps have been performed and analyzed can a treatment plan be developed for the individual patient.