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VOLUME 18 , ISSUE 12 ( December, 2017 ) > List of Articles

CASE REPORT

An Alternative Approach for Space Opening in a Bilateral Maxillary Lateral Incisor Agenesis Patient using Miniplates

Luiz R Paranhos, Gladistone C Meros, Aline Shoji, Selly Suzuki, Rodrigo Manfroi, Jonathas Claus, Aguinaldo Garcez

Citation Information : Paranhos LR, Meros GC, Shoji A, Suzuki S, Manfroi R, Claus J, Garcez A. An Alternative Approach for Space Opening in a Bilateral Maxillary Lateral Incisor Agenesis Patient using Miniplates. J Contemp Dent Pract 2017; 18 (12):1198-1205.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-2200

Published Online: 01-12-2017

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Aim

This case report aimed to present an orthodontic mechanic alternative for space opening in a patient missing maxillary lateral incisors, using miniplates as anchorage, associated with self-ligating brackets.

Background

Dental agenesis affects the population causing esthetic and functional damages. The prevalence of missing maxillary lateral incisors should be considered for its significant rate and negative impact on smile esthetics.

Case report

This treatment was chosen based on the presence of balanced facial pattern, large canine anatomy, the need to improve dental occlusion to prevent further wear, and patient's esthetic complaint. To obtain the results, upper third molars were extracted, and two miniplates were installed to distalize the upper arch with no need for patient compliance or auxiliary devices. Self-ligating brackets were used to reduce friction on posterior teeth, thus facilitating movement with light force application. At the end of 19 months, the patient presented with class I good overbite and overjet, and adequate space for implant and prosthetics; also, good facial esthetic was maintained.

Conclusion

When indicated, space opening may provide excellent esthetics and functional results, and even more predictable results when skeletal anchorage miniplates are used to distalize all posterior teeth.

Clinical significance

Considering the high level of esthetic and functional compromise caused by dental agenesis, the technique hereby described represents a viable mechanic alternative within orthodontic possibilities.

How to cite this article

Meros GC, Shoji A, Suzuki S, Paranhos LR, Manfroi R, Claus J, Garcez A. An Alternative Approach for Space Opening in a Bilateral Maxillary Lateral Incisor Agenesis Patient using Miniplates. J Contemp Dent Pract 2017;18(12):1198-1205.


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