Professor Bantleon received his D.M.D. at the University of Graz in 1981, following which he became an assistant at the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and subsequently Assistant Professor at the Department of Orthodontics. In 1989 he qualified as a University Lecturer for Dentistry with special regard to orthodontics. Since 1992 he has been a full professor and Head of the Department of Orthodontics at the University Clinic of Dentistry in Vienna. His main fields of research are biomechanics, bonding techniques and materials. Additionally he runs a private practice in Vienna.
From 1996 to 2015 he was chairman of the Austrian Society of Orthodontists and in 2006 President of the 82nd Congress of the European Orthodontic Society (EOS) . Since 2005 he has been President of the annual International Vienna Orthodontic Symposium.
He has authored and co-authored more than 120 publications and several textbook chapters. He is a reviewer and member of the editorial board of several international journals. He is a member of the EOS, the American Association of Orthodontists, the World Federation of Orthodontists and the Angle Society of Europe.
The last three decades have brought great progress in the area of wires and brackets. In the days of Sheldon Friel, the steel wire was the material of choice. Today the market also puts superelastic-, TMA- and Neobium wires at our disposal. In fixed orthodontics, the wires are comparable to software, while the brackets correspond to the hardware. The question is what influence the respective materials have on the outcome of orthodontic treatment. Do mechanical considerations still have a place in the age of computer-assisted orthodontics?
In this presentation, evidence-based results of a force-driven bracket-wire combination will be introduced and treatment solutions from prospective randomized clinical trials for space closure, open bite treatment and retention will be discussed.
Accurate custom-made orthodontic appliances must also comply with basic mechanical principles. Aligners require special attachments to move teeth in the correct way. Today, and even more so in the future, intraoral scanning and a combination of conventional orthodontic treatment, lingual treatment, and aligner therapy based on force-driven systems are, and will continue to be, the way to success