Adult skeletal Class II high-angle case treated with a fully customized lingual bracket appliance

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Abstract

To achieve optimum occlusal and facial results in a patient with high-angle maxillary protrusion, it is important to move Point A back with retraction of the anterior teeth and prevent clockwise rotation of the mandible through good vertical control. A woman, aged 42 years 5 months, with a protrusive profile sought lingual orthodontic treatment. She had a skeletal Class II high-angle pattern with maxillary protrusion and mandibular retrusion. The extraction of the 4 first premolars was indicated to correct the problems. The vertical bowing effect, a side effect known to occur with conventional lingual bracket systems owing to torque loss, would preclude adequate retraction of Point A and compromise the facial results. To prevent this issue, a fully customized lingual bracket system with vertical slots for the anterior teeth using ribbon-wise archwires was selected. A midpalatal miniscrew was used to prevent molar extrusion. As a result, the bodily retraction of the maxillary incisors and Point A was achieved, obtaining an attractive facial profile.

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