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Study Shows That Severe Overjet Better Treated From An Early Age

Study Shows That Severe Overjet Better Treated From An Early Age

Gothenburg,Sweden- Sahlgrenska Academy conducted a research and found that children with sever overjet have a higher chance of success with adjustment procedures when their teeth are corrected at an early age. The aim of the research was to explore and describe the pre-adolescent's experiences of the treatment, compare social discomforts and prove the clinical effectiveness and functionality of the treatment while asessing the costs of reducing large overjet with an Andresen Activator (AA) and a Prefabricated Functional Applicance (PFA). The study focused on children between the ages of 7 and 14, whose lips did not cover their teeth.

Emina Čirgić , a postdoctoral researcher in odontology and senior orthodontic consultant within the National Dental Service in Gothenburg said that how a person experiences it is very individual.  Some kids were embarrased and didn't want to tell anyone at all that they wore the appliance and others took it to school and were excited to show it off. 

A removable appliance is best suited for younger children with a so-called mixed dentition, which means having both milk teeth and permanent teeth in their moouths. A removable appliance fixes the upper and lower jaw to each other, renders speechFor younger children with a so-called mixed dentition (both milk teeth and permanent teeth in their mouths) a removable appliance is the answer. A removable appliance fixes the upper and lower jaw to each other, provides speech impossible and is mostly used at night. The other option is to wait until all of the permanent teeth have come in and correct the overjet with a fixed brace. However, the protruding teeth remain unprotected during several sensitive years. 

In a situation like this, they have to tell the parents and the children that if they don't reduce the overjet there is a risk that the kids will knock their teeth out and have injuries for life. But treatment can be difficult and orthodontics hurt so in order to cope all parties must be involved said Čirgić.

The research showed no difference between the PFA and AA in correcting overjet, overbite, sigittal molar relationship and lip seal. It also showed no difference in experienced functional and social discomfort after 6 months of using the appliance, however out of the 100 participants who were interviewed, 13 per cent had been subjected to bullying. Cost-minimisation results showed that the PFA is the preferred approach for the reduction of large overjet of patients in the mixed dentition period.


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