Prof. Moschos A. Papadopoulos

Orthodontic management of Class II malocclusion by means of maxillary molar distalization supported with skeletal anchorage: Treatment options based on evidence

Orthodontic treatment of Class II malocclusion in terms of maxillary molar distalization using conventional modalities can be very challenging, especially in patients with poor compliance. In these cases, noncompliance approaches can be used, however with several unwanted side effects, which diminish their clinical effectiveness. Miniscrew implants, can be used as temporary anchorage devices (TADs) to enhance anchorage and, if properly used, to counterbalance these shortcomings. Depending on the biomechanical factors and the specific conditions of the individual patient, orthodontic biomechanics should be carefully considered and along with the orthodontic miniscrew implants (TADs) can be utilized effectively during treatment. This lecture will present the basic principles and the rationale of noncompliance maxillary molar distalization through various clinical examples and the applied biomechanics, as well as it will discuss the latest evidence-based data available regarding the effectiveness of the use of temporary anchorage devices (TADs) not only to only support maxillary molar distalization, but also their use as clinical aids for the comprehensive treatment of Class II malocclusion.

Short Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Moschos A. Papadopoulos currently serves as Professor, Chairman and Program Director at the Department of Orthodontics, School of Dentistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He is also Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna, Austria, and at the Universities of Messina, Sicily and of Naples, Italy. He was the founder and served as first President of the Balkan Association of Orthodontic Specialists and President of the Orthodontic Society of Northern Greece.

Dr. Papadopoulos is Honorary Editor of the “Hellenic Orthodontic Review”, was Asst. Editor of the “World Journal of Orthodontics” and is/was Member of the Editorial Board of 19 peer reviewed journals, and Reviewer for 47 journals. He is also active member in more than 22 national and international societies.

Dr. Papadopoulos received several awards and distinctions, such as the “Joseph E. Johnson Clinical Award” and the “Turpin Award for Evidence-Based Research” from the AAO, the “Regional Award of Merit” from the WFO, the “Special Achievement Award” from the BAOS, the “Align Research Award” from Align Technology, and several Awards of Excellence from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

His main clinical and research interests include the subjects of “noncompliance orthodontic treatment”, “temporary anchorage devices in orthodontics”, and “evidence-based orthodontics”.

Dr. Papadopoulos has written the books “Orthodontic treatment for the Class II non-compliant patient”, “Skeletal anchorage in orthodontic treatment of Class II malocclusion”, and “Cleft lip and palate”, has published more than 235 scientific publications, and has presented more than 400 lectures, courses and papers worldwide.