Moving Interceptive Orthodontics Forward Through Open Discussion
Interceptive orthodontic treatment is an area of great interest among orthodontists, pediatric dentists, and general dentists. The four most recent conferences sponsored by the AAO that covered early treatment were sold out. Despite this clear interest, there has been minimal discussion about the subject. Progress towards new methods for effectively treating mixed dentition cases has also been limited.
The main roadblock to intercepting a developing malocclusion is the prevailing viewpoint that all phase I treated cases will require a 2nd comprehensive phase of treatment once the remaining permanent teeth erupt. This unsubstantiated claim is based on the assumption that early treatment should only address the functional/skeletal aspects of a developing malocclusion and leave treatment of the dental component to a later permanent dentition phase.
We believe that what is missing is interactive dialogue that will foster new ideas towards the progress of interceptive orthodontic treatment. That is why we created this site – to provide an opportunity for dental professionals to have an open discussion about interceptive orthodontic treatment and help move the discipline forward.
We encourage all interested professionals to participate in the discussion. Please e-mail your opinions and methods to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post them on this educational website.
Dr. Cameron Mashouf migrated to the United States in 1969 after receiving his DDS degree from the University of Tehran. He completed his Orthodontic Specialty at Loyola University of Chicago and his Master of Science degree in Histology at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He completed a one year fellowship position at the University of Chicago with doctors Tom Graber and Joe Jaraback.
In 1976, he moved to San Francisco and took a teaching position at the Department of Orthodontics, University of Pacific in San Francisco. For the next ten years, along with Dr. Eugene Roberts, he taught Growth and Development at UOP and at Mount Zion Hospital.
From the beginning Dr. Mashouf was involved in the clinical aspect of orthodontics, first in a solo practice in Marin County and later along with Dr. Ray Katz in a combined ortho-pedo practice in San Francisco which spanned over twenty two years.
Dr. Mashouf has been practicing in San Jose since 1987. He also has an Adjunct Associate Professor teaching position at the University of Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco.
Dr. Kayhan Mashouf completed his dental education at Boston University School of Dental Medicine. He then matriculated at the University of Colorado in Denver to specialize in orthodontics. Upon completing his residency in February of 2013 with a Certificate of Orthodontic Specialty and a Master of Science Degree in Dentistry, he returned to his hometown of San Jose, CA to join his father’s practice.
Dr. Mashouf’s major area of interest is interceptive orthodontic treatment in younger children (7-9 years of age). He believes that the biological adaptability present at this stage of development is highly advantageous in correcting misaligned teeth and discrepanacies. He also enjoys teaching and has traveled to provide lectures about early mixed dentition treatment, most notably at the annual American Association of Pediatric Dentistry Conference in 2013.