Tommaso Castroflorio, Turin (Italy)
- 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