Dept. of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry
Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea
Professor Hee-Moon Kyung is Professor of the Department of Orthodontics at Kyungpook National University in Daegu, Korea. Prof. Kyung is one of the most experienced clinicians in the development and utilization of microimplants in orthodontic treatment worldwide. He has given more than 300 courses throughout world (63 countries) about microimplant anchorage and lingual orthodontic treatment. He was a president of World Society of Lingual Orthodontists and Korean Association of Orthodontists. He is a principle author of the book entitled Microimplants in Orthodontics, a volume that describes in detail the protocols used by Dr. Kyung and his colleagues. He is an active member of Angle Society.
Controlling anchorage is one of the most important aspects of orthodontic treatment. Many traditional treatment protocols have incorporated both extraoral (headgear) and intraoral (intermaxillary elastics) approaches to maintain anchorage. Unfortunately, patient compliance is considered the “Achilles heel” of controlled tooth movement. In an effort to maximize anchorage while reducing the dependence on the patient, Microimplant has become the revolution of the orthodontic anchorage. Small diameter Microimplant can provide better treatment efficiency when compared to the conventional orthodontic treatment.
The appearance of microimplant has made great changes in treatment planning, mechanics and treatment results. Many difficult or even impossible cases with conventional mechanics could be solved by use of microimplant. However, there are still some side effects by using of microimplant, such as infection and root injury etc.. Despite a few side effects, orthodontic microimplants are already common tool used in daily orthodontic practice to control anchorage without the need of patients’ compliance.
In this presentation, I would like to exchange my knowledge and experience of orthodontic treatment with microimplants, including what has been changed and what has to be changed after using microimplant.
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