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The Art and Practice of Dentofacial Enhancement

Formerly World Journal of Orthodontics

Edited by
Rafi Romano, DMD, MSc (Editor-in-Chief)

ISSN 2160-2999 (print) / ISSN 2160-3006 (online)

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Fall 2010
Volume 11 , Issue 3

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Treatment Of An Adolescent With Total Ankyloglossia

Nihal Hamamci, DDS, PhD/Törün Özer, DDS, PhD/ Orhan Hamamci, DDS, PhD/Emin Caner Tümen, DDS, PhD/ Engin Agackiran, DDS

Pages: 278–283
PMID: 20877739

This is a report about the orthodontic treatment of a 13-year, 10-month-old boy with total ankyloglossia combined with a Class III occlusion. The patient’s tongue was fixed to the floor of his mouth and could not be elevated at all. He had a maxillary deficiency and a mandibular protrusion with a negative overjet. However, he was able to retrude his mandible to an edge-to-edge position. Before orthodontic treatment, the ankyloglossia was surgically rectified. Orthodontic treatment was initiated to improve the patient’s occlusion and facial appearance by correcting his retruded maxilla by means of a face mask, fixed appliances, and Class III elastics. This led to a functional occlusion and an acceptable facial appearance. World J Orthod 2010;11:278–283.

Key words: ankyloglossia, Class III occlusion, face mask, maxillary deficiency, tongue dysfunction

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