1st Virtual Scientific Congress of the DGAO for Aligner Orthodontics

Tommaso Castroflorio, Turin (Italy)

Tommaso Castroflorio
  • DDS Degree from the University of Torino, Italy, in 1998;
  • In 2001 he was certified as a Specialist in Orthodontics summa cum laude from the same University.
  • In 2007 he obtained his PhD in Human Morphology from the University of Milan, Italy.
  • In 2009 he completed a postgraduate course in Orofacial Pain at the University of New Jersey, USA.
  • Since 2014 he is an aggregate Professor of the Chair of Orthodontics of the University of Torino.
  • He is author or co-author of more than scientific 100 publications.
  • He is involved in research projects about aligner biomechanics and orthodontic tooth movement biology
  • He serves as reviewer for the most important dental journals in the fields of Oral Physiology and Orthodontics
  • Founding member and scientific chairman of the European Aligner Society (EAS)
  • Private practice limited to Orthodontics in Torino and Neive, Italy

Open bite treatment with aligners: research and clinical applications

The etiology of anterior open bites is complex and multifactorial. It may develop from either oral habits, excessive growth of lymphatic tissues, tongue position, or a genetic predisposition. While growing patients may be treated with interceptive orthodontic appliances, treatment of adult patients presents a more complex picture once growth has ceased and habit-related sequela assume permanence.

Several meta-analyses showed a relapse prevalence of about 25% of cases treated orthodontically with or without surgery.
Aligners are purported to have a bite block effect and to maintain vertical control, two traits that make it a possible treatment alternative for open bite cases.

However little is known about the biomechanics of this approach: attachments of different shapes have been proposed. The lecture will show the possibilities offered by aligners in open bite patients and biomechanical analysis of different attachments shape

SATURDAY, March 6th, 2021, 12.10 - 12.30 pm