After earning a the degree in Dentistry and Dental Prosthetics from the University of Palermo in 2004, Dr Lombardo specialized in orthodontics at the University of Ferrara in 2007. He continued there as a research fellow until 2011 and has been an adjunct professor since 2010. Since 2012, he has been a researcher at Ferrara University and member of the European Board of Orthodontics. He is the author of journal publications and a speaker at national and international conferences. He served as president of the Italian Association of Specialists in Orthodontics and is currently president of the Italian Association of Lingual Orthodontics. He is a member of SIDO, AIDOR, WSLO.

Title of Talk

Aligner and Miniscrew Anchorage Treatment of a Challenging Malocclusion


The most recent systematic reviews of the literature on the efficacy of aligners in achieving orthodontic movement have demonstrated that this type of appliance still has some important limitations. In particular, it is unlikely that bodily displacement can be achieved in a predictable fashion within acceptable time-frames. Nevertheless, aligners continue to grow in popularity among patients, for whom aesthetic and removable solutions are highly desirable. Traditional fixed appliances are no longer well tolerated by either adults or young patients, and it is therefore vital to find ways to meet their expectations.
In this lecture it will be shown how skeletal anchorage can be used in conjunction with aligners to successfully resolve even complex cases. The timing and the means of using miniscrews alongside aligners in maxillary contraction, crowding and distalisation cases will be discussed, and the efficacy of palatal miniscrews – which provide not only an excellent source of anchorage but also an aesthetic solution – will be demonstrated.