The most challenging esthetic and restorative dilemmas typically fall into a gray zone between the dental and medical disciplines. The complexities of diagnosing these problems, coupled with the lack of optimal treatment options, often lead to inappropriate treatment and disappointing compromises. The orthodontist can and should have an invaluable role in effectively collaborating with their interdisciplinary team to address these issues optimally. This presentation will give an overview of an interdisciplinary approach to diagnosing the fundamental components of these complex problems and managing them by combining traditional therapies with new treatment options to address the underlying issues ideally and more predictably achieve success. These new options include Mini-implant Assisted Rapid Palatal Expansion (MARPE) and Surgically Facilitated Orthodontic Therapy (SFOT) utilizing corticotomies and single- or multiple-tooth osteotomies.
Understand that solutions to esthetic and restorative dilemmas often fall into a “Gray Zone” between the different disciplines.
Discern that an interdisciplinary approach is needed to diagnose and treatment plan these problems properly.
Recognize recent advances in orthodontics that can assist the interdisciplinary team in managing these problems more predictably.