Dr. Tudor Ţovaru
Dr. Tudor Tovaru graduated from the Dental School of Bucharest in 1974. After 7 years of dental practice, he established in France, where he passed the dental practice exams in 1983. He has worked as a general practitioner in Saint Denis and Paris. He tooked the EPGET cours in 1994 and the Tweed Course in Tucson – USA, in 1995 and in 2002. From 1999 to 2013 he worked as an instructor in André Horn’s Edgewise courses in Bucharest, Cluj and Tirana. Dr. Tovaru gave lectures in several Congresses (Cluj, Bucharest and Tg. Mures). He is a member of the College European d’Orthodontie and of the CH. Tweed Foundation, where he has also been a course instructor since 2008.
Edgewise standard and Damon technique
One of the most important issues of the Edgewise technique is the ligature (metallic or elastomeric) which induces, amongst others, a phenomenon of binding of the energy transmitted by the arch to the brackets. In order to suppress this undesirable effect and thanks to the evolution of technology, the self-ligating brackets appeared.
Whether you use the “classic” or the “modern” technique, it is undeniable that both techniques influence each other.
In this sense, André Horn, a well renowned practitioner who greatly participated in the development of orthodontics in Romania, has recommended, for many years, the use of the supraelastic arches in the early phases of treatment. This has facilitated the mechanics and lead to the increase of the treatments without extraction.
With this in mind, I have used a few innovative elements of the Damon technique, e.g : the Nytinol arches are used during most part of the treatment steel arches are reserved for the retraction and finishing phases.
The results have been very quick and quite successful. Nowadays, most patients benefit from the advantages of this method. These elements may be used with any Edgewise methods.