Curriculum vitae

Lorenzo Franchi received his dental education at the Dental School of the University of Florence, Italy. He completed his PhD in Preventive Orthodontics at the Department of Orthodontics of the University of Florence in 1997. In 2008 he specialized in orthodontics at the University of Rome Sapienza. Dr. Franchi is presently associate professor at the University of Florence, and a ‘Thomas M. Graber Visiting Scholar’, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. He has published extensively in the international literature and has lectured at international meetings and symposia. He is currently an associate editor of the European Journal of Orthodontic and of Progress in Orthodontics. His research interest and areas of expertise are early treatment, treatment timing, and dentofacial orthopaedics.

Abstract

Improving the efficacy of Class II treatment: the role of patient-related factors
This lecture will illustrate patient-related factors that potentially can improve the efficacy of Class II treatment. Two such factors will be discussed: 1) timing of treatment, defined on the basis of reliable indicators of individual skeletal maturity, and 2) individual patient responsiveness.
Functional appliances used for the treatment of Class II malocclusions are effective in altering short-and long-term mandibular growth and mandibular sagittal position if active treatment includes the pubertal growth spurt. To predict individual patient responsiveness, mandibular morphology should be evaluated at puberty. Good responders to functional jaw orthopaedics for the treatment of Class II malocclusion associated with mandibular retrusion are characterized by a small mandibular angle.

Aim, Objectives & Learning Outcomes

  • Aim: To describe patient-related factors that can improve the efficacy of Class II treatment with removable and fixed functional appliances
  • Objectives: To illustrate the role of treatment timing and individual patient responsiveness in enhancing the efficacy of removable and fixed functional appliances in the correction of Class II malocclusion at the skeletal level.
  • Learning outcomes: Following this presentation, attendees should have the necessary knowledge about patient-related factors that can improve the efficacy of Class II treatment with removable and fixed functional appliances in clinical practice.