Problem: Malocclusion is a misalignment of the teeth present on the upper and lower arches in children, causing headaches, hearing problems and pain in the back.
Currently the treatment requires to wear a facemask for 14 hours a day for 9-12 months .
Commercial facemasks are made of plastic, are bulky, may cause skin inrritation, are unaesthetic, their ergonomics is poor. Patient’s acceptance is low and this compromises the effectiveness of the therapy.
SuperPowerMe is a customised 3D printed biocompatible facemask embedding temperature and pressure sensors to monitor the time and the effectiveness of the therapy.
In addition, SuperPowerMe adopts a playful approach to improve acceptance and adherence to therapy, through the use of a videogame: wearing the mask, the child helps superheroes and superheroines fighting against enemies to save the wonderful world of Naturalia.
A clinical trial is currently ongoing at Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Careggi.
2020 – in corso
Intesa Sanpaolo SpA Charity Fund (for the years 2020 and 2022), the MISE-POCARNO Program (for the years 2021 and 2022).
Università di Siena, Dipartimento di Scienze Sociali, Politiche e Cognitive, Santa Chiara Fab Lab
Department of Medical Biotechnology, University of Siena; Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, University of Florence; Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Careggi