Transforming Adolescent Smiles: Correcting Skeletal Mandibular Retrusion and Bimaxillary Protrusion with Clear Aligners

Wen Jie Fan, Jia Qi Zhang, Jia Qi Zhan, Li Hu, Li Li Chen

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Abstract

Maxillary protrusion combined with mandibular retraction is a highly prevalent but extremely complex maxillofacial deformity that can have a serious negative impact on patients’ facial aesthetics and mental health. The traditional orthodontic treatment strategy often involves extracting 4 first premolars and conventional fixed techniques, combined with mini-implant screws, to retract the anterior teeth and improve facial protrusion. In recent years, an invisible orthodontic technique, without brackets, has become increasingly popular. However, while an invisible aligner has been used in some cases with reasonable results, there remain significant challenges in achieving a perfect outcome. This case report presents an adolescent patient with bimaxillary protrusion and mandibular retrognathia. Based on the characteristics of the invisible aligners and the growth characteristics of the adolescent’s teeth and jawbone, we designed precise three-dimensional tooth movement and corresponding resistance/over-correction for each tooth, while utilizing the patient’s jawbone growth potential to promote rapid development of the mandible, accurately and efficiently correcting bimaxillary protrusion and skeletal mandibular retrognathia. The patient’s facial aesthetics, especially the lateral morphology, have been greatly improved, and various aesthetic indicators have also shown significant changes, and to the patient’s great benefit, invasive mini-implant screws were not used during the treatment. This case highlights the advantages of using invisible aligners in adolescent maxillary protrusion combined with mandibular retraction patients. Furthermore, comprehensive and accurate design combined with good application of growth potential can also enable invisible orthodontic technology to achieve perfect treatment effects in tooth extractions, providing clinical guidance for orthodontists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-666
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Medical Science
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2024
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • clear aligners
  • esthetic orthodontic treatment
  • growth potential
  • mandibular retrusion

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