OJST  Vol.5 No.5 , May 2015
A Therapeutic Concept by “Watted” for the Surgical Lengthening of the Lower Face by Short Face Syndrome
ABSTRACT
The continuously growing esthetic awareness for the facial appearance and the spreading of information about the possibilities of adult treatment by public media result in an increase of adult patients which seek orthodontic treatment to improve their facial esthetics. In general, these patients show such a severe skeletal deformity that it is detectable even by non-experts because of its extraoral manifestation, which is the main motivation for treatment. Because of the nature of these deformities and because of the lacking growth usable for therapy the only promising treatment for these patients is the combined orthodontic-surgical approach. Besides a stable and functional occlusion with physiologic position of the condyle, the goals of treatment are the improvement of the dental and, above all, facial esthetics since the patient judges the success of treatment mostly by the extraoral appearance. The dentofacial appearance must be defined prior to treatment to plan the individual right approach in knowledge of the different treatment possibilities for Angle Class II deformities and thus be able to reach for both sides—patient and orthodontist—satisfying result. With this article, a systematic therapy concept to treat patients with Class II deformities and skeletal deep bite with a short lower face (short face syndrome) under consideration of the soft tissue analysis is presented.

Cite this paper
Watted, N. , Muhamad, A. , Bill, J. and Proff, P. (2015) A Therapeutic Concept by “Watted” for the Surgical Lengthening of the Lower Face by Short Face Syndrome. Open Journal of Stomatology, 5, 127-141. doi: 10.4236/ojst.2015.55018.
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