Maximum anchorage situations require appropriate anchorage control from the very beginning. This includes control of anchorage in the anteroposterior as well as vertical directions. The requirement is more critical in patients with vertical growth patterns. Loss of anchorage in such situations requires recovery mechanics that will not tax the anchor teeth in any direction while maximizing efficiency. This article describes the use of a mini-implant–supported sliding jig in one such case where unilateral anchor loss in the maxillary arch was observed. A modified sliding jig was supported with Class II elastics stretched from a mini-implant placed in the mandible. With little patient compliance, the mini-implant was used to distalize the maxillary molar to regain the lost space and achieve ideal results in the most efficient way. ORTHODONTICS (CHIC) 2011;12:396–399.
Key words: anchorage loss, mini-implant, molar distalization, sliding jig