Modified Thurow appliance: a clinical alternative for correcting skeletal open bite

Maria Bernadete Sasso Stuani, Andréa Sasso Stuani, Adriana Sasso Stuani
American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics 2005, 128 (1): 118-25
Open bite malocclusion is frequently discussed in orthodontics; diagnosis, treatment, and retention can be difficult because this malocclusion has numerous correlated etiological factors. The earlier this malocclusion is corrected, the better the prognosis will be, especially when the problem is skeletal. This article presents a patient with skeletal open bite who was treated in the mixed dentition with an orthodontic appliance that included an acrylic occlusal splint and an expansion screw, based on the original Thurow appliance, to guide the vertical force against the posterior teeth and the alveolar process.

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