Research at the KU Leuven Orthodontic unit is focused on aspects of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics both in growing and non-growing populations. Growth, development and morphology are evaluated in three dimensions whenever applicable.
- Studies on the role of the MSX1-gen in the ethiology of cleft lip and palate and hypodontia. - Hormonal interactions with craniofacial morphology and growth. - The use of dental maturation score in forensic dentistry. - Periodontal condition in unilateral cleft lip and palate cases between 8 and 20 yrs of age. - The study of friction in orthodontic sliding mechanics. - Development of a computer-aided and education system for an orthodontic training program of dental students. - Distraction osteogenesis of the mandible and the maxilla.