Edition V24N06 | Year 2019 | Editorial Highlights | Pages 17 to 19
The gold standard for the treatment of Class III malocclusion due to maxillary deficiency is the use of rapid maxillary expansion, followed by mandibular protraction with facemask. However, the unfavorable aesthetics of facemasks make it difficult for most patients to adhere to this treatment. With the advent of skeletal anchorage, several possibilities have arisen for using this method to support Class III-oriented intermaxillary elastics in the presence of Class III malocclusion due to maxillary deficiency. However, the procedure for installation of miniplates is invasive, causing many patients to decline this treatment. Given these difficulties, the following question arises: would it be possible to use conventional orthodontic mini-implants instead of miniplates? In order to clinically evaluate this possibility, Brazilian researchers recently published the results of their study in an important orthodontic journal.