Identifying and pursuing appropriate treatment objectives, is a very important step that determines the quality of the orthodontic result. This lecture will delineate optimal and evidence-based goals, during orthodontic finishing. The importance of facial balance, incisor position and inclination, transverse coordination, anterior and posterior occlusal relationships, as well as how to attain these objectives, will be discussed. A description of Biomechanical Strategies and Troubleshooting, will be provided with some specific case examples.
Gain an understanding of appropriate facial and dental goals during finishing
Appreciate the esthetic significance of incisor position and inclination
Biomechanical strategies for optimal finishing
Recognize and resolve challenges that may preclude an excellent finish.
Dr. Vishnu Raj attended Bangalore University for dental school, and the University of Texas, Health Science Center, San Antonio, (UTHSCSA) for Graduate Orthodontic residency. He holds an M.S. and Certificate in Operative Dentistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an M.S. in Forensic Science, from the University of Central Oklahoma. In addition to private practice, Dr. Raj also serves as a clinical associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, and maintains an intra-mural practice at the Dept. of Orthodontics. Along with clinical instruction, some of the didactic courses he covers include Literature Review, Biomechanics, ABO Prep and Clinical Orthodontic Seminars. He is a member of the Texas Orthodontic Study Club, serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several journals, and has multiple publications in the areas of orthodontics, dental esthetics & restorative dentistry, forensic toxicology and pharmacogenomics.