Dr. Vittorio Cacciafesta

Short CV

Dr. Vittorio Cacciafesta received his dental training at the University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy. From July 1995 until August 1996 he was Research Fellow at the Department of Orthodontics, Humboldt-University of Berlin, Germany. From September 1996 until August 1999 he was Orthodontic Resident at the Department of Orthodontics, Royal Dental College, Aarhus University, Denmark, where he received the Specialty and  Master of Science in Orthodontics. He is “Dottore di Ricerca” (Research Doctorate) in Biotechnology of Dental Materials. From 1999 to 2009  he was Assistant Clinical Professor at the Department of Orthodontics, University of Pavia, Italy.  From 1999 until 2002 he was Visiting Professor at the Department of Orthodontics, Aarhus University, Denmark, and Visiting Professor at Temple University, Philadelphia, USA.

He was the President of ESLO (European Society of Lingual Orthodontics) for the years 2013-14.

He has published over 100 refereed publications, 2 books and 5 book chapters. He is Co-Editor of “Ortodonzia Clinica”, Associate Editor of “Progress in Orthodontics”, and Referee for the following scientific journals: “American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics”, “Angle Orthodontist”, “European Journal of Orthodontics”, “Journal of Clinical Orthodontics”, “Orthodontics and Craniofacial Research”, “Ortognatodonzia Italiana”.

He was Assistant Secretary of FEO (European Federation of Orthodontics) for the years 2003-2004. He is Active member of SIDO (Società Italiana di Ortodonzia, of which he was Cultural Secretary for the years 2006-07), member of EOS (European Orthodontic Society), Active member of Angle Society (North Atlantic Component), SIBOS (Società Italiana di Biomeccanica e Ortodonzia Segmentata).

His main research interests are bonding materials, brackets, metallurgy, friction between brackets and wires. His main clinical interests are Lingual orthodontics, biomechanics, orthodontic treatment of adults. He has been lecturing extensively in Europe, Middle East, Asia and North and South America, Africa.




Title: 2D Lingual Orthodontics: an Update

Aim: 2D Lingual orthodontics is an excellent alternative to more expensive lingual systems for adults who seek invisible orthodontic treatments. The aim of the present report is to describe the advances and state of the art of the 2D Lingual technique.

Materials and Method: 2D Lingual orthodontics can be performed with 2D Lingual brackets (Forestadent),  and direct or indirect bracket bonding, without any need of set-up. The brackets are self-ligating and do not have a traditional rectangular slot in the base. Today such brackets are manufactured in a variety of shapes and designs, that can significantly enable the clinician to treat the majority of malocclusions and quickly correct esthetic problems.

Results: The introduction of the 2D Plus brackets can improve the torque control of the single teeth, whereas the use of mini-ants can develop a couple of forces for rotated and crowded teeth, when other brackets can not be bonded due to lack of space. The use of  Ni-Ti wires enables the clinician to apply low levels of force throughout treatment, without the need of frequent archwire changes.

Conclusions: The use of 2D lingual brackets represents a valuable alternative to conventional 3D lingual brackets in the treatment of the majority of malocclusions that do not require tooth extractions for their resolution. Those brackets are esthetically pleasing and very comfortable for the patients.