Angle Lecture: Fast Food or Slow Food Orthodontics
Is Orthodontics force-driven or appliance-driven? Widening of the indications leading patients to seek orthodontics, outsourcing of bonding and bending, prescription of wire sequences have led to an increasing number of treatments performed by general dentists. On this basis, it is reasonable to ask: Are we a scientifically-based or a market-driven profession?
Identify the development occurring within orthodontics towards a more market-driven approach
Distinguish between treatments that require postgraduate training and those which can be done based on market prescription
Identify the problems that require special competencies and cannot be outsourced
Biomechanics: Past, Present and Future!
Many advances have been made in biomechanics over the years, but fundamentals do not change with time. While frequently having been considered to be academic in nature, the fundamental principles involved in biomechanics have too often been avoided in decisions involving full vs partial appliances, total force systems involved in all aspects of treatment, intra-arch mechancics vs inter-arch mechanics, etc. This presentation will demonstrate that such fundamentals should remain a valid component of treatment decisions whether PAST, PRESENT, OR FUTURE and can actually “modernize” orthodontic mechanics.
Discover approaches to treatment that can frequently eliminate the need for patient cooperation
Recognize that transpalatal arches, lingual arches, Class II elastics, headgear, etc. can be avoided without compromising the end result
"Reversal of Fortune": Resolving Final Excess Overjet Using Simplified Orthodontic Mechanics
All orthodontists are delighted with finished cases demonstrating ideal anterior dental facial esthetics, overbite, overjet AND debanded ahead of schedule. Without maxillary dental spaces, this final finish may be elusive. This lecture will demonstrate the use of simple, smart mechanics designed to "distal drive" the entire maxillary arch (en masse) with minimal forward movement of the mandibular arch.
Recognize how to achieve ideal anterior dental facial balance
Demonstrate how to distalize the entire maxillary dental arch using simplified and smart orthodontic mechanics
Evaluate how to use orthodontic materials commonly available in your office