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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 647649, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/647649
Case Report

Habit Breaking Appliance for Multiple Corrections

1Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, Sri Hasanamba Dental College and Hospital, Hassan, Karnataka, India
2Department of Oral Medicine & Radiology, Sri Hasanamba Dental College and Hospital, Hassan, Karnataka, India
3Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, CSMSS Dental College & Hospital, Aurangabad, India
4Department of Oral Medicine, Diagnosis and Radiology, CSMSS Dental College & Hospital, Aurangabad, India
5Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Sri Aurobindo College of Dentistry, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
6Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Rural Dental College, Loni, Maharashtra, India

Received 15 July 2013; Accepted 29 August 2013

Academic Editors: D. W. Boston, M. B. D. Gaviao, and A. Markopoulos

Copyright © 2013 Reji Abraham et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Tongue thrusting and thumb sucking are the most commonly seen oral habits which act as the major etiological factors in the development of dental malocclusion. This case report describes a fixed habit correcting appliance, Hybrid Habit Correcting Appliance (HHCA), designed to eliminate these habits. This hybrid appliance is effective in less compliant patients and if desired can be used along with the fixed orthodontic appliance. Its components can act as mechanical restrainers and muscle retraining devices. It is also effective in cases with mild posterior crossbites.