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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2015, Article ID 607545, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/607545
Case Report

A Single Versatile Appliance for Habit Interception and Crossbite Correction

1Department of Pediatric & Preventive Dentistry, Navodaya Dental College and Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Raichur, Karnataka 584103, India
2Department of Restorative Dental Science, College of Dentistry, Jazan University, Jazan 45142, Saudi Arabia
3Department of Orthodontics, Navodaya Dental College and Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Raichur, Karnataka 584103, India
4Department of Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics, KVG Dental College & Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Sullia, Karnataka 574239, India

Received 23 August 2015; Revised 2 October 2015; Accepted 15 October 2015

Academic Editor: Mehmet Ozgur Sayin

Copyright © 2015 Mohammed Zameer 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

Digit sucking is a common childhood behavior, which has an adaptive value for children up to the fourth year of life. It is usually associated with oral pleasure and self-comforting behavior. But chronic practice may produce deleterious effect in the form of dental and skeletal deformities. Adjunctive therapy using bluegrass appliance as a permanent reminder and quadhelix appliance as a reminder as well as a slow palatal expander has proven successful in intercepting digit-sucking habit and expanding the arch for crossbite correction. In the present case, a versatile modified quadhelix appliance incorporating a roller was designed to clinically correct the habit and its resulting dentofacial deformities.