Vincenzo Giorgino, an orthodontist and researcher, gave a lecture at the 2nd level Master’s Degree Course in ‘New Clinical Approaches in Contemporary Orthodontics’, University of Naples ‘Federico II’. He proposed a new approach to interceptive orthodontics, based on the concept that malocclusions are caused by orofacial muscular imbalances (OMFI). He argued that, to achieve effective and lasting results, it is necessary to first correct the OMFI, using myofunctional therapy (MFT).
Giorgino began by explaining the role of epigenetics in craniofacial growth and development. He then argued that since structure abnormalities are determined by myofunctional imbalances, the diagnosis of malocclusion should begin with the investigation of OFMI.
Giorgino then went on to criticize the traditional approach to interceptive orthodontics, which involves setting the treatment plan from the cephalometric tracing or waiting for the growth peak. He argued that this approach is ineffective because it does not address the underlying cause of the malocclusion.
Giorgino then proposed his own approach to interceptive orthodontics, which involves using MFT to correct the OMFI before any structural changes are made. He argued that this approach is more effective and lasting because it addresses the root cause of the problem.
Giorgino concluded his lecture by emphasizing the importance of looking beyond the teeth and jaws when diagnosing and treating malocclusions. He argued that many malocclusions are caused by problems that originate outside of the orofacial district, such as spinal stenosis or leg heterometry.
Giorgino’s lecture was well-received by the audience, and his new approach to interceptive orthodontics is generating interest in the orthodontic community.