Associate Professor - University of Naples Federico II
Key factors in biomechanics of clear aligners: materials, setup, staging and auxiliaries
In the last decades, there has been a significant increase in the use of clear aligners for the treatment of malocclusions in adults and children. Even though orthodontic treatment with clear aligners is a quickly growing sector, there is still insufficient evidence concerning the effectiveness and stability of the treatment compared with conventional brackets.
The two main domains for implementing reliable protocols to treat malocclusions according to diagnosis are the development of a proper setup and staging and the study of biomechanics to deliver desired force systems. Furthermore, the mechanical performance of thermoplastic material used for aligners plays a critical role in obtaining desired results in difficult orthodontic movements, together with aspects such as aligner thickness, geometry design, and control, which are also deemed critical to get a proper tooth-aligner interaction.
This lecture will aim to discuss the key factors to control aligner biomechanics allowing the orthodontist to overcome the limits of the appliance.
DR. D’ANTO’ CV
Dr. Vincenzo D’Antò received his Degree in Dentistry, a Specialty in Orthodontics, a Master in Temporomandibular Disorders and a Master in
Lingual Orthodontics from the University of Naples Federico II and a Master in Sleep Dentistry from University of Bologna. He completed a PhD in “Materials and Structures Engineering” and a second PhD in “Oral Sciences”. In 2017, Dr. D’Antò received the Italian national scientific qualification as full professor of Oral Sciences and He is currently working as Associate Professor at the School of Orthodontics of University of Naples Federico II.
Dr. D’Antò is member of IADR, EOS, AAO, WFO and SIDO. He is the Past President of the Italian Society for Biomechanics (SIBOS). He authored many papers and has given oral presentations in more than 20 countries and at the international congresses of EOS, AAO, IADR, SIDO, EAS, DGAO, SFOPA, SiAlign, NVvO, HOD. Dr. D’Antò received the Robert Frank Award (2004, 2005, 2009) and the Hatton Award (2006) of IADR, the SIDO award (2007, 2010, 2018, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2022), the EOS Houston Award (2012) and the Tiziano Baccetti Award (2016).