Steven J. Lindauer
Creating the best possible biomechanical plan is an important part of treatment planning for all patients. Once the goals of treatment are finalized, the anchorage requirements to achieve those goals can be determined. Situations in which maximum anchorage is required are usually the most challenging in orthodontics. These might include cases requiring complete retraction or protraction of teeth, asymmetric movements, or intrusion of anterior or posterior segments. In many cases, conventional biomechanical techniques alone will be adequate to achieve the ideal tooth movements needed. This lecture will present scenarios in which conventional biomechanics can be used to achieve the desired tooth movements and will compare those to situations in which skeletal anchorage is needed.