Orthodontic Treatment Timing and Modalities in Anterior Open Bite: Case Series Study

Wisam Al Hamadi1, *, Fayez Saleh2, Mohamad Kaddouha3
1 University of Babylon, College of Dentistry, Hillah, Iraq
2 Department of Orthodontics, Beirut Arab University, Beirut, Lebanon
3 Private practice, Beirut, Lebanon

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The purpose of this study was to present early and adult cases of anterior open bite that were treated efficiently using different treatment approaches and mechanics.

Materials and Methods:

Five patients of different age groups (from 7 to 27 years), suffering from a clear Anterior open bite deformity, were properly diagnosed and relevant treatment modality for each was selected.


Positive overbite was efficiently achieved for all patients.


Patient compliance is a key factor in using removable habit breakers. However, fixed palatal crib gave the same results but in shorter time. Anterior open bite of skeletal components should be thoroughly evaluated before selecting camouflage or orthognathic surgery treatment modality.

Keywords: Anterior open bite, Early treatment, Adult treatment, Surgical correction, Habit breaker, Fixed palatal crib.