Antoine Darazé

Antoine Darazé

Senior Lecturer and Head, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Lebanese University

Antoine Daraze received his dental education at the Lebanese University from 1979 to 1985. Afterwards, he moved to Belgium and joined the five-year full time Postgraduate Orthodontic Program at the Université Catholique de Louvain, earning his Master’s degree in Orthodontics (1991). He became a faculty member at the Cliniques Universitaires St-Luc for one year. In 1993, he moved back to Lebanon and opened his private practice. In addition, he became the Director of the Antonins Odontostomatological Hospital and then joined the Lebanese University, Faculty of Dental Medicine as faculty member since 1994 till present. In 2017, he earned a Doctorate Degree in Orthodontics and he is the Head of the Orthodontic Department at the Lebanese University, Faculty of Dental Medicine. He has published many articles and given lectures on a national and international level and is a member of dental and orthodontic associations.

Lecture title:Physical, Clinical and Cephalometric Assessment of Upper Airways: A New Paradigm in Orthodontics

Lecture abstract: Upper airways assessment remains uncompleted and unstandardized in orthodontics. No protocol or consensus has been developed for this purpose. The big challenge in airway orthodontics is to assess all the structures, recognize the importance of airway size and create advanced solutions for airway-related craniofacial dysfunctions.

A combination of physical, clinical and cephalometric assessment in a standardized and systematic manner is considered as an extra effort at pinpointing the cause of some orthodontic problems. This will help orthodontists in identifying the involvement of airways and in taking into consideration a more appropriate treatment planning.

The purpose of this presentation is to answer orthodontists about how to assess upper airways and to paint a full picture of what are the proper tools that can be helpful for screening and for a better orthodontic success.