Edition V15N01 | Year 2010 | Editorial Special Article | Pages 144 to 157
Introduction: Conventional orthodontic-surgical treatment for the correction of dentofacial deformities takes up a lengthy period of time preparing the patient orthodontically, which sometimes causes a temporary deterioration in the patients appearance. This fact has set the stage for the development of a new treatment technique aimed at addressing these issues. Objectives: To introduce a new protocolnamed Anticipated Benefitand to illustrate it with a clinical case. Methods: The planning stages are presented and then illustrated by treating a patient with a Class III deformity. According to this method, after some careful planning the orthodontic appliance is fixed and subsequently orthognathic surgery is performed. Conclusion: Although both the traditional and the Anticipated Benefit techniques provide excellent functional and aesthetic results, the new protocol achieves significant improvements soon after the start of treatment. The new method has proved very convenient, particularly for the patient.