Despite being around for almost a century, in the last two decades (the plastic “revolution”) the routine use of plastic aligner-based orthodontic tooth movement for orthodontic correction of malocclusion has found its way into the mainstream of our specialty. Notwithstanding, it is only until recent years (the plastic “re-evolution”), thanks to a surge in research initiatives that shed light on the biological and biomechanical grounds that support aligner orthodontics, that predictable clinical results are being seen. This presentation explores the lecturer’s view of considerations that may be determinant to the future of aligner orthodontics.
Identify the fundamental challenges intrinsic to aligner-based orthodontics.
Contextualize the present state of development of aligner-based orthodontics.
Recognize the most likely areas of future development of aligner-based orthodontics.