Numerous surveys have been conducted to investigate the prevalen• ce
of malocclusion. It should be remembered that the figures for a particular
occlusal feature or dental anomaly will depend upon the size and
composition of the group studied (for example age and racial characteristics),
the cnteda used for assessment and the methods used by the
examiners (for example whether radiographs were employed).
I acknowledge that the formal education provided
by most dental schools as well as existing
textbooks and journals equip the
contemporary orthodontist with an excellent
foundation in the science and art of orthodontics.
However, I believe there is a pool of
knowledge and information that is not provided
by formal education and only becomes
available and acquired with time and experience
in clinical practice.