Infinitas mini-implants: an essential in every orthodontist’s toolkit?
In her Infinitas course review, Laura Ewbank spills the details of what to expect on the day, the benefits of using Infinitas mini-implants and why she recommends the course.
What are Infinitas mini-implants?
Infinitas Mini-implants are temporary bone screws that can be inserted using a small amount of local anaesthetic in multiple sites intra-orally to provide 3D anchorage. They are made of a titanium alloy and consist of three parts; the head, neck and body. These components allow for simple insertion of the mini-implant through mucosa and into bone as well as providing a platform to connect orthodontic appliances and traction. They are mechanically retained and do not osseointegrate, meaning that they can be loaded immediately.
Current literature is showing not only a wide range of clinical applications related to mini-implants but also better patient compliance and tolerance when compared to other more classic methods of orthodontic anchorage.
With all of this in mind I attended the Infinitas mini-implant course to broaden my knowledge of mini-implants.
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What did the course involve?
Delegates ranging from orthodontic registrars to consultants attended the Infinitas mini-implants course run by Dr Richard Cousley and DB Orthodontics. It took place over one day in Salford hospital and involved a mixture of lectures and practical sessions. Each delegate was provided with Dr Cousley’s textbook. ‘The Orthodontic Mini-implant Clinical Handbook’. As well as a memory stick containing each lecture and any references mentioned. The day comprised a set of informative lectures. Along with practical sessions where the participants were able to put into action what was being taught.
The topics covered by the lectures included:-
- Mini-implant principles and the Infinitas system
- Mini-implant insertion and biomechanics
- Molar intrusion
- Palatal appliances including molar distalisation and RME techniques
For the practical sessions, delegates were each...