No Compliance Correction of Class II Malocclusion in Growing Patients Whit HERBST Appliance: A Case Report

M. Portelli*, A. Militi, M. Cicciù, A. Lo Giudice, G. Cervino, R. Fastuca, R. Nucera
Department of Biomedical and Dental Science, and of Morphological and Functional Images, Dental School, University of Messina, ‎Messina, Italy

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Class II malocclusion is the most common sagittal skeletal discrepancy, with a prevalent skeletal pattern of mandibular retrusion. The correction of mandibular retrusion with functional removable appliance needs a good patient’s compliance; for this reason, some clinicians prefer to use no compliance apparatus.


Objective of the present therapy note is to demonstrate that the use of no compliance apparatus can provide a good correction of skeletal class II malocclusion.


In the present study, authors report a therapy note referred to a 10 years old patient, woman, affected by Class II, with mandibular retrusion and deep bite, treated in 2013 at the Dep. of Orthodontics of Messina University. An orthodontic treatment has been planned with the aim of stimulating mandibular growth; an Herbst appliance with a cantilever design, bonded on first maxillary and mandibular molars, has been used. After eleven months of functional therapy a bilateral molar class I have been obtained.


In the therapy note proposed, authors obtained a resolution of mandibular retrusion, a correction of overjet, overbite and dental crowding in both arches, and a bilateral molar and canine class I has been achieved.


Herbst appliance seems to be efficient in the correction of II Class Malocclusion, independently from patient’s cooperation; moreover , early correction of Class II malocclusion with functional appliances produces several clinical advantages.

Keywords: Skeletal class II malocclusion, Mandibular retrusion, Functional appliance, Mandibular growth, Herbst appliance, No compliance apparatus.