Relapse of Anterior Open Bites

This study demonstrated that OMT in conjunction with orthodontic treatment was highly effective in maintaining closure of anterior open bites compared with orthodontic treatment alone.


Smithpeter, J., and Covell, D. JR. (2010)

Closure and long-term retention of anterior open bites are significant concerns for orthodontists and their patients. In this study, we investigated the efficacy of orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) for maintaining closure of open bites in conjunction with orthodontic treatment.

If you are an orthodontist and you are wondering how an OMT can help you, then you should read this study. Orofacial Myofunctional therapy combined with orthodontic treatment can prevent a relapse of anterior open bites.

The purpose of the study was to compare the relapse rate of orthodontic appliances with and without orofacial myofunctional therapy. Results revealed: Orofacial myofunctional therapy with orthodontic treatment was efficacious in closing and maintaining closure of dental open bites in Angle Class I and Class II malocclusions, and it dramatically reduced the relapse of open bites in patients who had forward tongue posture and tongue thrust.

Call us today if you are an orthodontist and want to learn more. We can help you with anterior open bites!

Smithpeter J, Covell D Jr. Relapse of anterior open bites treated with orthodontic appliances with and without orofacial myofunctional therapy. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2010;137(5):605‐614. doi:10.1016/j.ajodo.2008.07.016


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