Editor, The Angle Orthodontist
Norborne Muir Professor and Chair, Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Virginia Commonwealth University
Prof. Steven J. Lindauer is Norborne Muir Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Virginia Commonwealth University and Editor of The Angle Orthodontist (since 2012). He attended the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, earning a D.M.D. in 1986, and a Master of Science in Dentistry as well as a certificate in the specialty of orthodontics in 1989. Upon graduation, Prof. Lindauer joined the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University. Prof. Lindauer is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. He is a past-president of the North Atlantic component of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists, and is Executive Secretary of the Virginia Orthodontic Education and Research Foundation. Prof. Lindauer has published more than 80 scientific research articles and book chapters and has lectured extensively around the world.
When a cant of the occlusal plane develops during treatment, it is disappointing to both the patient and the orthodontist. In most cases, the likelihood that a cant will develop can be recognized before it happens. Certain common biomechanical geometries require particular caution during the treatment process. Once identified, different mechanics can be used to make a correction that will avoid a cant from occurring. The best way to treat an occlusal cant is to prevent it from developing. When a cant does develop, or if the patient presents initially with a cant, simple appliances can be designed and activated to produce the correction desired in a predictable manner.
The lecture will be focused on three aspects of controlling cants of the occlusal plane: 1) Recognizing common tooth position patterns that will result in development of a cant if straight wire mechanics are used, 2) Discussion of alternative mechanics that can be used to correct inconsistent geometries between brackets that would otherwise result in development of a cant, and 3) Presentation of simple appliance designs that can be used to correct a cant of the occlusal plane if the patient presents with one at the initial visit or if one develops during the course of orthodontic treatment.
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