Dr. Letizia Perillo, MD, MS, PhD, is Professor at the Second University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, where she is also Head of the Orthodontic Department, Chair of the Postgraduate Orthodontic Program, Coordinator of the Dental Undergraduate Program and Coordinator of the Teaching ”Sensory Organ Disorders” of the Medicine and Surgery Undergraduate Program.
Dr. Perillo graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 1986 and obtained her Specialty of Orthodontics in 1989 at the University of Naples Federico II. She completed her orthodontic training with a postgraduate fellowship at the University of Michigan in 1993 and a PhD in Interceptive Orthodontics at the University of Florence in 1997. She is a member of the WFO, AAO, EHASO, EOS, SIDO and CH Tweed Foundation, where she also works as a clinical instructor. Dr. Perillo reviews for numerous orthodontic journals including the AJODO, The Angle Orthodontist, the EJO, the EJPD, and is SIDO delegate for Progress in Orthodontics. She also is SIDO delegate 2017/2018 for organizing the next MOIP in 2018. She has published over 100 articles, several textbooks and chapter of books. She lectures internationally. Her research interests include early treatment, non-extraction treatment, dentofacial orthopaedics, Class II and Class III malocclusion, genetics, and cleft lip and palate.
KEYNOTE LECTURE: Early treatment of dento-skeletal Class III malocclusion: if, when, why and how.
Dento-skeletal Class III malocclusions in growing children remain one of the most challenging problems in orthodontics. Class III are disharmonies of the middle and/or lower third of the face, sometimes involving the cranial base too, characterized by negative overjet and concave profile and developing into malformations in the most severe cases. The early treatment in growing patients is widely discussed in the literature mainly due to the uncertainly of stable long term results. Several therapeutic alternatives have been developed to treat Class III dento-skeletal disharmony at an early stage.
This clinical presentation will focus on the SEC III protocol, composed by Splints, class III Elastics, and Chin-cup. The efficacy and benefits of early treatment in developing Class III malocclusion will be analyzed and the importance of the ideal timing will be discussed.
Learning Objectives of this course are to realize the basic concepts of the SEC III protocol, to examine the benefits of the Class III malocclusion treatment in growing children and determine optimal timing for orthodontic treatment of dento-skeletal Class III malocclusion.