Different appliances can be used during the early mixed dentition to expand the constricted maxillary arch. Among the most commonly used and easily fabricated applainces are Quad helix appliance and W-arch expander.
The Quad-helix incorporates 4 helices to increase the wire length thus increasing the flexibility and range of action while W-arch appliance simply has wire in the shape of W to expande arch. This appliance has wide range of action can be used for anterior as well as posterior arch expansion. The appliance consists of 0.036 stainless steel wire and two molar bands on first molar.
Management of constricted arch is one of the common problem for dentists and these appliances are very useful not only in the aspect of its effectiveness but also the cheap price, easy activation and fabrication. Read more »
We are most often face in the midstream of inquiries such as: at what age should the child have an orthodontic evaluation, what are the neccesary procedures needed to provide a thorough examination, what are the advantages of having orthodontic treatment, how does the braces work, how long does the treatment take, can adult patients benefit from orthodontic treatment, at what age is a patient too old for orthodontics, how do we take care of our braces, will it affect my way of brushing, are there specific foods to be avoided, is orthodontic treatment expensive? Read more »
An integral part of any mixed dentition protocol is monitoring the transition from the mixed to the permanent dentition. The most common type of malocclusion noted in the mixed dentition usually is described as crowding. Patients with crowding are referred because of the obvious dentoalveolar protrusion or lack of sufficient space for permanent tooth eruption. Read more »
Management avenues for Class II malocclusion as partof interceptive orthodontics are marred with a multitude of appliances, on both fixed and removable mode, which sometimes prove difficulty in patient compliance (for removable ones) and complicated designs and mechanics (for fixed appliances).
A system of Class II corrective appliance will be demonstrated with ease in manipulation and improved treatment results in mind. Read more »
Open bite is a deviation in the vertical relationship of maxillary and mandibular arches characterized by a lack of contact between opposing segments of teeth. Opening in the anterior may develop from interaction of many etiologic factors, both hereditary and environmental. If it is associated with craniofacial malformations, it is difficult to treat and tend to relapse so early treatment during the primary and mixed dentition period has been advocated to reduce the need of treatment in the permanent dentition when surgery becomes viable option. Read more »
Pre-orthodontic Trainer or the T4K is a two phase dental appliance made of silicone or polyurethane that is designed to incorporate myofunctional and tooth positioning characteristics. It is an early treatment of choice to improve the facial and dental appearance by guiding the eruption of the permanent dentition and repositioning the jaws, as well as eliminating myofunctional habits. Pre-orthodontic Trainer can be applied in minimal chair time and is most effective if used during the early mixed dentition stage. It is a practical choice for early orthodontic treatment.