Former Professor, Dept. of Orthodontics, Yonsei University Author, Burstone’s Biomechanical Foundation of Clinical Orthodontics
CORRECTION OF ASYMMETRIES
The correction of facial asymmetries is one of the most challenging treatments in the field of orthodontics.
There has been a new modality for treatment such as TAD and orthognathic surgery which can easily correct some of these problems.
However not every patient requires surgery, and some patients select not to have it.
For that reason, emphasis is put on the correction of asymmetries through orthodontics only.
The most common approach to the correction of asymmetries is to treat them relatively symmetrically and then to move the teeth with intermaxillary mechanics such as Class II elastics, Class III elastics, or anterior crisscross elastics.
The use of these intermaxillary mechanics creates more problems than they can solve.
Differential diagnosis regarding the nature and amount of asymmetry and careful application of biomechanics can move the teeth to correct asymmetries.
Dr. CHOY’S CV
Kwangchul Choy, DDS, MS, PhD, is a former professor of the Orthodontics Department at Yonsei University. He completed his orthodontic training and earned his degree from the same university.
He has worked as a research fellow and visiting professor at the University of Connecticut. Currently, he serves as a clinical professor at Yonsei University
and an adjunct professor of Orthodontics at Ewha Womans University.
He has authored a book titled “The Biomechanical Foundation of Clinical Orthodontics” and has published over 30 papers and book chapters on biomechanics. Dr. Choy has conducted extensive clinical and scientific research in the field of orthodontic biomechanics and is a frequent lecturer on the topic. He also runs a private practice in Seoul.