Orthodontic treatment of an anterior openbite with the aid of corticotomy procedure: Case report

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This case report illustrates the orthodontic treatment combined with the corticotomy technique in an adult patient to accelerate tooth movement and shorten the treatment time. The patient was a 22-year-old woman with an anterior open bite and flared and spaced upper and lower incisors. First, fixed orthodontic appliances (bidimensional edgewise brackets) were bonded, and a week later buccal and lingual corticotomy with alveolar augmentation procedure in the maxillary arch from the first molar to the contralateral first molar, and from canine to canine in the mandibular arch was performed. Orthodontic therapy proceeded with frequent activation of the appliances to retract the incisors every 2. weeks. The total treatment time was 5. months and no adverse effects were observed at the end of active treatment. The addition of the decortication procedure to the conventional orthodontic therapy decreased the duration of treatment significantly. Successful closure of the anterior open bite with adequate overbite and interdigitation of the teeth were achieved. © 2010.

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Aljhani, A. S., & Aldrees, A. M. (2011). Orthodontic treatment of an anterior openbite with the aid of corticotomy procedure: Case report. Saudi Dental Journal, 23(2), 99–106. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sdentj.2010.10.005

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