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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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Summer 2003
Volume 4 , Issue 2

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Maxillary Expansion in Pediatric Patients with Respiratory Problems

Vittorio Vercellino, Prof/Alessandro Griffa, MD/Lucilla Bello, MD/Carmela Mortellaro, MD/Vittorio Falco, MD/Edoardo Paganelli, MD/Cristina Ondolo, MD/Daniela Maina, MD/Claudia Peretto, MD/Irene Tardivo, MD/Roberto Miniero, Prof

Pages: 126134

Two approaches to the problem of contraction of the maxillary arch in pediatric patients, 4 to 12 years of age, with respiratory problems are discussed and compared. The results show that surgery and an orthopedic procedure, as opposed to orthopedic treatment alone, affords greater expansion of the maxilla and excellent stability. In addition, the use of a newly developed distractor enables a better result, both in terms of transverse increases and absence of complications, and an easier surgical approach, with better compliance from these young patients. World J Orthod 2003;4:126134.

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