Edition V17N06 | Year 2012 | Editorial Original Article | Pages 103 to 110
Objective: To analyze the stability of occlusal changes promoted by the Frankel?s Functional Regulator 2 (FR-2), in a mean period of 7.16 years post treatment.
Methods: Fifty-four pairs of models were evaluated, from 18 patients treated with FR-2. All patients had Class II, division 1 malocclusion, with initial mean age of 10.77 years and were treated with FR-2 for 18 months. The models were evaluated at the beginning of treatment (T1), at the end (T2) and after 7.16 years post treatment (T3). For occlusal evaluation, the treatment priority index (TPI) was applied on the three analyzed phases. The alterations that occurred between phases were verified with one another through paired Student?s t test, with critical value of 0.05.
Results: A statistically significant reduction of TPI was verified, from the initial to the final phase of the treatment, reflecting the efficiency of treatment performed with FR-2, specially due to improvement in molar relation, overjet and overbite. Apart from this, the Class II correction remained stable over time.
Conclusions: In this way, it is concluded that the FR-2 appliance showed to be efficient for the dental correction of Class II malocclusion, with stable occlusal results after 7.16 years post treatment.