Closing Anterior Open Bites with Low Pulsatile Forces & No Elastics

Closing Anterior Open Bites with Low Pulsatile Forces & No Elastics

From the article’s introduction, “Treating anterior open bite patients without surgical solutions presents two challenges for orthodontists. The first challenge is closing the open bite with anterior elastics, and the second is the stability once the bite is closed. This article focuses on the former. Studies show that there is a 35% chance of relapse when closing open bites with vertical elastics. While this is the traditional treatment approach for anterior open bites, relying on vertical elastics for closure presents a significant treatment barrier to orthodontists that is out of their control. Typically, there is low compliance and lack of cooperation among patients when they are instructed to wear anterior elastics for the amount of time prescribed. Patients find the elastics cumbersome to work with, unattractive, difficult to fit in their daily routines and painful.”

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