Article: Volume 7 Number 3 Page 82 - July 2014

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  Orth Update 2014; 7: 82-87

Orthodontics:  The Non-Surgical Approach to Close an Anterior Open Bite – A Case Report

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Abstract: Anterior open bites are notoriously difficult to correct. A case is described where a 26-year-old Caucasian female with an anterior open bite, due to a previous persistent digit-sucking habit, is treated successfully with upper and lower fixed appliances and skeletal anchorage to intrude the posterior teeth. This remained stable one year post treatment.

Clinical relevance: Clinicians should be aware that the posterior teeth in patients with mild to moderate anterior open bites can be intruded successfully with temporary anchorage devices.

Author notes: Lynda Kirk, Dip Orth Therapy, RCS(Edin), Orthodontic Therapist, Anne-Marie Smith, BDS, FDS RCS(Eng), MSc(Lond), MOrth RCS(Eng), FDS(Orth) RCS(Eng), Consultant Orthodontist and Alison Murray, BDS, FDS RCS(Glasg), MSc(Lond), MOrth RCS(Eng), D(Orth) RCS(Eng), Consultant Orthodontist, Royal Derby Hospital, Uttoxeter New Road, Derby DE22 3NE, UK.

Objective: To understand the mechanics of intruding posterior teeth to treat a dental open bite.

Kavo Kerr