Curriculum vitae

Maja OvsenikMaja Ovsenik received her postgraduate training in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopaedics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and was appointed professor at the Department of Orthodontics of the University of Ljubljana in 2015.
She is the author of many articles and publications and reviewer for numerous international journals. She has presented several lectures and courses in different countries worldwide. Her main fields of research are studies on functional and morphological changes of the orofacial region, three-dimensional assessment of tongue posture, face and jaw morphology to evaluate the success of early treatment.
She is a member of the European Orthodontic Society and was President of the Society in 2010. She is also a member of the World Federation of Orthodontics, a provisional member of the Angle Society of Europe and president of the scientific committee of the Slovenian Orthodontic Society, as well as being an Ambassador of the American Association of Orthodontists. She is a past President of Slovenian Orthodontic Society (2010).


Does Class III and crossbite early treatment help to improve oral health?
Many studies have reported a strong correlation between function and form, based on studies in the primary dentition. However, the assessment of palatal constriction has usually been performed by measuring the intercanine and intermolar distances, which could be biased due to tooth position or angulation. Moreover, the assessment of tongue posture during clinical examination in growing children is not reliable due to anatomical limitations.
The studies on form and function relationship are mainly based on conventional two-dimensional diagnostic methods that have well known weaknesses. In this lecture the development of tongue posture, facial and jaw morphology will be evaluated using three-dimensional ultrasonography and facial and study cast analysis in order to affect treatment planning in children in the primary dentition.

Aims, Objectives & Learning Outcomes

  • Aims: To provide an overview of function and form relationship in the early period of growth and development based on contemporary non-invasive assessment methods.
  • Objectives: This lecture will provide an enhanced understanding of the function and form relationship in order to affect treatment planning in growing children.
  • Learning outcomes: Following this presentation, delegates should have acquired knowledge of the importance of irregular orofacial function (especially tongue posture) in the protocol for early treatment of malocclusion.