The surgery-first approach in surgical orthodontic treatment is re-emerging as the preferred technique when compared to the traditional orthodontic first-approach. Despite its growing popularity, no planning protocol that offers comprehensive and accurate predictions has been described for the surgery-first approach. In this article, the authors utilize computer aided surgical simulation (CASS) to provide two planning methods for the surgery-first approach. The benefits of using CASS for planning include enhanced 3-dimensional visualization of treatment progression, the ability for surgeons and orthodontists to discuss and visualize in detail any potential treatment algorithm, and providing a more precise prediction for the surgeon, orthodontist, and patient in surgery first cases.
Hsu, Sam Sheng-Pin; Singhal, Dhruv; Xia, James J.; Gateno, Jaime; Lin, Cheng-Hui; Huang, Chiung-Shing; Lo, Lun-Jou; Ko, Ellen Wen-Ching; and Chen, Yu-Ray
"Planning the Surgery-first Approach in Surgical-Orthodontic Treatment with a Computer Aided Surgical Simulation (CASS) Planning Protocol,"
Taiwanese Journal of Orthodontics: Vol. 24:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://www.tjo.org.tw/tjo/vol24/iss2/3