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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 78-84

Timely management of developing class III malocclusion


1 Department of Orthodontics, G. Pulla Reddy Dental College and Hospital, Kurnool, India
2 Department of Orthodontics, SVS Institute of Dental Sciences, Mahabubnagar, Andhra Pradesh, India

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M R Rachala
Department of Orthodontics, SVS Institute of Dental Sciences, Mahabubnagar, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-4388.95590

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Timing of orthodontic treatment, especially for children with developing class III malocclusions, has always been somewhat controversial, and definitive treatment tends to be delayed for severe class III cases. Developing class III patients with moderate to severe anterior crossbite and deep bite may need early intervention in some selected cases. Class III malocclusion may develop in children as a result of an inherent growth abnormality, i.e. true class III malocclusion, or as a result of premature occlusal contacts causing forward functional shift of the mandible, which is known as pseudo class III malocclusion. These cases, if not treated at the initial stage of development, interfere with normal growth of the jaw bases and may result in severe facial deformities. The treatment should be carried out as early as possible for permitting normal growth of the skeletal bases. This paper deals with the selection of an appropriate appliance from the various current options available for early intervention in developing class III malocclusion through two case reports.






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