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The Neurobiology of Orthodontics

Treatment of Malocclusion Through Neuroplasticity

  • Authors


  • Presents a new conceptualization of the etiology and diagnosis of malocclusions in which emphasis is placed on the interaction of orofacial sensory input with the brain

  • Explains the implications of this new conceptualization for orthodontic therapy

  • Documents the effects of orthodontic therapy on the brain

  • Opens new, exciting research pathways in the world of orthodontics


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Margaritis Z. Pimenidis
    Pages 1-10
  3. Margaritis Z. Pimenidis
    Pages 25-37
  4. Margaritis Z. Pimenidis
    Pages 39-61
  5. Margaritis Z. Pimenidis
    Pages 63-68
  6. Margaritis Z. Pimenidis
    Pages 69-84
  7. Margaritis Z. Pimenidis
    Pages 85-91
  8. Margaritis Z. Pimenidis
    Pages 93-123
  9. Margaritis Z. Pimenidis
    Pages 125-130
  10. Margaritis Z. Pimenidis
    Pages 131-136
  11. Margaritis Z. Pimenidis
    Pages 137-138
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 139-150

About this book


This book presents the neurobiology of orthodontics according to the most recently acquired knowledge on the interaction of the brain activity with the senses. In particular, it highlights the ability of orofacial sensory input to modulate and change the brain activity underlying functions of the stomatognathic system, such as chewing, biting, speech, and occlusal feedback. The approach adopted thereby represents a significant departure from the theory and practice of traditional orthodontics, in which malocclusions of the teeth have been interpreted as deriving from DNA coding errors. The described new conceptualization of the etiology and diagnosis of malocclusions has profound implications for orthodontic therapy, as is clearly explained. Orthodontic therapy in turn has significant effects on the brain, which are documented in a chapter devoted to neuroimaging methods. By opening up new and creative pathways in the world of orthodontics, this book will hopefully both educate and excite the practitioner. It is recommended reading for all orthodontists.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Neurobiology of Orthodontics
  • Book Subtitle Treatment of Malocclusion Through Neuroplasticity
  • Authors Margaritis Z. Pimenidis
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-00395-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-43478-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-00396-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 150
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Dentistry
    Head and Neck Surgery
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