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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Maxillofacial Surgery
Frequency: 3 issues
Online ISSN 1827-1901
Bianchi F. A. 1, Verzé L. 2, Ramieri G. 1
1 Division of Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, San Giovanni Battista Hospital, University of Turin, Turin, Italy;
2 Department of Science of Public Health and Pediatric, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
Esthetic requests of patients undergoing orthognathic surgery have increased over time and represent nowadays the leading subjective motivation for the patient and a major aim of the treatment for the surgeon. In this regard, three- dimensional (3-D) analysis has considerably improved the diagnostic capacity of the orthodontist and of the surgeon. Aim of the study is to update the orthognathic surgeon on 3-D tecniques and to discuss the reliability and the use of a 3-D surface laser scanner in the set-up of the surgical plan and in the evaluation of treatment outcomes. An overview of the recent literature on future 3-D technologies is also reported.