A central tenet of orthodontics, one that has been taught for years to orthodontic specialty students and dental students alike, is that the mandibular arch is the “limiting arch.” In explaining this ...
When gingival recession is seen during lower incisor proclination, it is generally treated by soft-tissue augmentation. Drs. Gray and Richman describe a more proactive procedure to ameliorate the bone deficiency in the direction of tooth movement prior to orthodontic treatment.
Space closure in Biocreative extraction therapy is simple to manage, as Dr. Kim and colleagues demonstrate in Part 5 of their six-part series. A bonded mesh tube appliance is shown for labial retraction using Class I and Class III elastics; an anteroposterior lingual retractor is anchored by a palatal miniplate for lingual mechanics.
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Class II, division 2 malocclusion can be difficult to correct in adult patients. Drs. Manni and Migliorati illustrate a combination of the fixed-functional PowerScope 2 device with elastic chains to maximize the skeletal effect and miniscrew anchorage to avoid lower incisor flaring.
This article presents a simple modification that directs the push rods of the Forsus Fatigue Resistant Device downward into the vestibule of the cheek, thus avoiding the common problem of mucosal irritation and traumatic ulcers after the appliance is placed in the mouth.
Spaces created prior to restoration of a peg-shaped lateral incisor are traditionally maintained with closed-coil springs. This Pearl shows an esthetic alternative: a temporary crown with a window that allows a bracket to remain bonded to the incisor surface during retraction and space closure.
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A young male patient with traumatically avulsed upper central incisors is successfully treated with a multidisciplinary approach, involving orthodontic movement of the lateral incisors into the central incisor positions, followed by placement of composite veneers on the six anterior teeth.
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