Anthony Macari

Anthony Macari

Short CV

Dr. Anthony Macari is an Associate Professor at the Division of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Department of Department of Dentofacial Medicine at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon.
He earned his dental degree (DDS) from Saint Joseph University- Beirut and a Graduate Diploma in Oral Biology from the Lebanese University. He completed a postgraduate residency in Orthodontics at AUB and holds an MS degree in Human Morphology from AUB’s Faculty of Medicine.
Dr. Macari is a diplomate of the European Board of Orthodontists. He is a member of the American and European Orthodontic associations, a founding member of the Lebanon Association for Dentofacial Research (LADR), and an awarded member in the Eastern component of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontics. Dr. Macari is a co-founder of the Dental Medicine Alumni chapter at AUB. He is the recipient of many national and international awards.
Dr. Macari’s main research focuses are the interface between craniofacial morphology and Head and Neck function (early effect of nasal obstruction on facial morphology, and the optimal timing for removal of adenoids and tonsils, and relationship between craniofacial morphology and voice parameters) and etiology of malocclusion and facial esthetics ranging from determination of genetic components of mandibular prognathism to facial esthetics in different facial types. His scholarly contributions include more than thirty peer reviewed journal publications and book chapters. Dr. Macari is the editor in-Chief of the Journal of The Lebanese Dental Association and is a reviewer for major orthodontic and dental journals.

Lecture 1: Vertical Occlusal Problems. Treatment Options and Challenges

Treating malocclusions characterized by primarily vertical issues (open bite, deep bite), poses a significant challenge due to the complex interplay of skeletal and dental structures that contribute to the vertical discrepancy. This presentation aims to shed light on the necessity of considering these intricate variations in the diagnostic process. It underscores the importance of tailoring treatment plans based on individual characteristics rather than adhering to a one-size-fits-all approach for open bite and deep bite malocclusions. One aspect this presentation explores is the existence of variations within vertical malocclusions, notably the coexistence of hyperdivergence (often referred to as “high angle”) with deep bite rather than open bite. Another aspect is the consistent growth patterns seen in the vertical dimension and the potential for vertical problems to mask or aggravate sagittal dysmorphology. Additionally, we highlight in this paper the possible influences of environmental factors, particularly chronic mouth breathing, and genetic factors in contributing to both maxillary and mandibular malocclusions. In summary, this presentation emphasizes the intricacies involved in diagnosing and treating malocclusions with vertical problems, advocating for a personalized, component-based approach, and highlighting the significance of considering the multifaceted factors at play in this dimension.

Lecture 2: Adult Orthodontics. Update on Diagnosis and Treatment Modalities

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the number of adult patients seeking orthodontic treatment. This increase underscores a need for advanced diagnostic techniques and treatment modalities tailored to their unique requirements. A key aspect of this presentation is the exploration of advanced diagnostic tools, such as 3D imaging and facial tissue analysis, which provide a comprehensive understanding of adult patients’ craniofacial structures and constitutional limitations. Additionally, the use of temporary anchorage devices, or orthodontic mini-implants, is discussed as an innovative approach to facilitate more complex orthodontic interventions. One vital theme of this presentation is the pivotal role of orthodontic treatment in enhancing periodontal status among adult patients. By treating malocclusions, orthodontic intervention not only improves aesthetics but also contributes to improved periodontal health, which is often compromised in adult patients with longstanding dental issues. Emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration, the presentation underscores that accurate diagnosis and effective long-term stability in adult orthodontic cases require coordination between orthodontists, periodontists, orthognathic surgeons and other dental specialists. This holistic approach ensures that adult patients receive the most effective treatment, addressing both esthetic and functional aspects of their oral health.

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