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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2014, Article ID 140760, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/140760
Case Report

Mini-Implants: New Possibilities in Interdisciplinary Treatment Approaches

Department of Orthodontics, Pushpagiri College of Dental Sciences, Thiruvalla, Kerala 689107, India

Received 5 October 2014; Accepted 17 November 2014; Published 14 December 2014

Academic Editor: Khalid H. Zawawi

Copyright © 2014 Biju Sebastian. 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

The introduction of mini-implants has broadened the range of tooth movements possible by fixed appliance therapy alone. The limits of fixed orthodontic treatment have become more a matter of facial appearance than anchorage. Many complex cases which would previously have required surgery or functional appliances can now be treated with fixed appliance therapy using mini-implants. A mutilated dentition case where mini-implants were used to provide anchorage for intrusion of molars and retraction of anterior teeth is reported here to illustrate this point.