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Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics

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Abstract

MEZOMO, Maurício Barbieri; PIERRET, Manon; ROSENBACH, Gabriella  and  TAVARES, Carlos Alberto E.. Extraction of upper second molars for treatment of Angle Class II malocclusion. Dental Press J. Orthod. [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.3, pp.94-105. ISSN 2176-9451.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S2176-94512010000300012.

The purpose of this article is to present an alternative approach to the orthodontic treatment of Angle Class II malocclusion. According to a literature review it was observed that the extraction of upper second molars has proven to be a viable alternative for the treatment of this type of malocclusion. This therapeutic option enables faster first molar retraction and requires less patient compliance. However, the level of development, intraosseous position and morphology of the third molar should be carefully evaluated to ensure its correct positioning in place of the extracted second molar. Two clinical case reports will demonstrate that the sequence of diagnosis and treatment used with this mechanics yields satisfactory functional and aesthetic results.

Keywords : Orthodontic treatment; Second molars; Extractions; Class II.

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