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Banu Çakırer Bakkalbaşı

Dr. Banu Çakırer Bakkalbaşı graduated from Hacettepe University Faculty of Dentistry in 1991, and received her PhD in Orthodontics in 1997 at the same University. With a NATO B1 post-doctorate international research fund by TUBITAK (Turkish National Research and Development Organisation), she worked as a post-doctorate fellow in Department of Orthodontics and Bolton-Brush Growth Study Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine from 1998 to 2000. Upon returning to Hacettepe University, she worked as an Assistant Prof. in Department of Orthodontics from 2001 to 2003. In 2004, she was recruited by Marmara University where she became an Associate Prof in 2004 and received her full Professor title in 2011. Currently, she serves as an Adjunct Professor in CWRU School of Dental Medicine and works in her private practice in Istanbul. She is a fellow of World Federation of Orthodontists, an international member of American Association of Orthodontists, a member of European Orthodontic Society and Turkish Orthodontic Society.  

TMJ and Orthodontics: Past, Present and Future

Having clearly defined orthodontic treatment  goals increases diagnostic ability and reduces the risk of treatment failure. These can be divided roughly into 5 different areas: facial esthetics, dental esthetics, functional occlusion, periodontal health, and healthy temporomandibular joints(TMJ). There is a debate about  the positive or negative role that could have orthodontic treatment on TMJ. The future of TMJ in relation with orthodontics is based on prevention, screening and deepening of our knowledge. Especially the knowledge related with the musculoskeletaly stable condylar position and the functional occlusion is importan. The orthodontist will thus not make a treatment in patients at risk or will identify it and finish the treatment perfectly.