Clinical Lecturer, Orthodontics, The University of Hong Kong Chairman, Specialty Board in Orthodontics, College of Dental Surgeons of Hong Kong.
China BIOMEDE Member
Adult orthodontic full mouth reconstruction, an inter-disciplinary approach
Adult orthodontic patients are difficult to manage. Their malocclusion is primarily caused by the growth issues of teeth, alveolar bone and jaws. However, trauma, caries, tooth loss and periodontal disease complicate the management. Lacking favourable growth and bone support leads to complicated treatment mechanics to bring the drifted teeth back to the original position and open space for tooth replacement. Furthermore, dental movement must go further to compensate for the existing jaw discrepancy to improve stability and function. Involvement of general dentists and specialists is imperative to control the disease and replace missing teeth to achieve satisfactory result.
Identify the primary malocclusion in adult patients
Identify the secondary malocclusion in adult patients
Understand the limitations of conventional straight wire orthodontic mechanics
Understand the importance of inter-disciplinary management of adult patients