Anterior open bite
AOB or anterior open bite treatment options
Anterior open bite treatment options can be confusing, difficult and the problem can relapse.
Anterior open bite causes
Typically the cases are multi-factorial involving both hereditary and environmental factors. The causes break down into skeletal and dental problems.
AOB treatment options
There are several options to fix an anterior open bite. Your treatment will depend on the exact causes and the expertise of the doctor treating you.
Habit control with myofunctional therapy
Some AOB are due to mouth-breathing and/or tongue thrusts. Myofunctional therapy can retrain some of these oral habits. Without those habits the AOB can correct itself. There may also be an underlying airway issue or sleep apnea issues with those that are mouth breathers.
Surgical reconstruction surgery is a treatment option.
Orthognathic Surgery is always an option but most try to avoid whenever possible. When surgery is the answer you can try other options but the result will likely not be as good. Park AJO 2019
Dental adjustments/Tooth removal/Prosthetic rehabilitation treatment options.
All of these options consist of removing tooth structure vertically on the back teeth and allowing the front teeth to hit. The situation has to be fairly mild for this to be a reasonable option, otherwise it is too aggressive.
AOB Orthodontic treatment
There are several creative options for treating an AOB with traditional orthodontics. TADs and miniplates have made this much more predictable than it was in the past Freitas 2018 AJO-DO. However, another method is to use curved nickel titanium wires and anterior elastics. Erdem 2018 AJO-DO
- Zygomatic miniplate anchorage for molar intrusion Oliveira 2015 OMS
- 4 year look at stability of the zygomatic miniplate anchorage Marzouk 2016 AJO-DO
Orthodontic treatment for your anterior open bite can be completed by our team of doctors in Wheaton, Il.
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