Visiting Professor, University of Ferrara, Italy
Dr. Luzi is an active member of SIDO (Italian Society of Orthodontics) and AIdOr (Italian Academy of Orthodontics), and member of the EOS (European Orthodontic Society). He received many awards such as the Houston Research Award of the EOS (2006), First Prize Award for Clinical Research of SIDO (2006), Beni Solow Award (2010). He is diplomate of the European Board of Orthodontics and the Italian Board of Orthodontics. He is a current visiting Professor at the University of Ferrara (Italy). He also maintains a private practice limited to orthodontics in Rome, Italy.
Title 1: Active or Passive Self-ligation? Why not Both!
Abstract 1: Self-ligating brackets and the concept of low friction brought on the orthodontic market an increasing number of innovative treatment techniques and philosophies mainly centered on the characteristics of the brackets and wires used. Unfortunately, this took away attention from the solid principles of a correct and detailed diagnosis, focusing on the concept of a “simple” and “pre-packaged” orthodontics in which the malocclusions adapt to the mechanics and not vice versa.
New generation brackets and archwires should not guide the treatment decisions but should guarantee to the clinician complete reliability in the expression of prescription values and simplify the journey to treatment objectives. Low friction is often synonymous of lack of control, especially when using passive-type brackets, because of the use of undersized archwires in oversized slots, generating difficulties in torque control, rotation control and finishing of the occlusion.
The Dual Activation System allows the possibility of taking the best characteristics of active brackets for maximum 3D control on the anterior segment allowing at the same time freedom to slide and low friction features in the side segments. This presentation will highlight the benefits of this system through a series of case reports.
Workshop: Why Do Miniscrews Change the Rules of the Game in Daily Clinical Practice?
Abstract-Workshop: Skeletal anchorage has broadly widened the spectrum of modern orthodontics and increased the clinician’s possible treatment options, both when dealing with growing patients and with adult patients with compromised dentitions. Absolute anchorage can now be planned in any clinical situation aiding the clinician in difficult tasks like space closure, vertical control, intrusion and extrusion of group of teeth, forced eruption of impacted teeth, class II mechanics and many more which will be described.
In particular, adult patients, which generally request an inter-disciplinary management of the dentition, often present anatomical lack of teeth usable for anchorage purposes, or need of absolute anchorage as no side effects can be accepted. Orthodontic mini-screws have literally changed the rules of the game allowing new and extremely convenient treatment protocols which were not possible to realize with traditional dental anchorage. Their rational use together with interdisciplinary treatment planning will be discussed through a series of case presentations.
Possible risks and complications will also be explained, highlighting the most important factors leading to clinical success.