Anterior open bite is difficult to treat because it results from the interaction of multiple etiologic factors such as heredity, unfavorable mandibular growth patterns, imbalance between the posture of the jaws, nasopharyngeal airway obstruction, digit-sucking habits, and tongue posture and activity. Proper diagnosis and treatment planning, successful treatment, and retention are important for the long-term stability of open bite treatment. In this lecture, the etiology of anterior open bite and various treatment modalities will be discussed along with biomechanics. After this lecture, clinicians will be able to treat and finish anterior open bite cases more efficiently and successfully.
Discuss the etiology of anterior open bite and treatment modalities.
Evaluate upper airway dimension after anterior open bite correction.
Discuss which factors affect the success of anterior open bite correction.