A clinical evaluation of titanium miniplates as anchors for orthodontic treatment

Byung Ho Choi, Shi Jiang Zhu, Yeon Hwan Kim

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Introduction: The purpose of this clinical study was to evaluate the stability of titanium miniplates used as anchorage for orthodontic treatment. Methods: Seventeen patients with a total of 68 miniplates were enrolled. The miniplate placement sites were evenly divided between the maxilla and mandible. The patients underwent distal movements of the molars with miniplate anchorage to correct anterior crossbite or crowding without extracting the premolars. Results: The posttreatment clinical examination showed that 5 miniplates, all in the mandible, failed before the end of treatment - a 7% failure rate. Conclusions: Further studies, perhaps with titanium miniplates of a different design, might be necessary to identify important factors for decreasing the incidence of complications when miniplates are used for orthodontic anchorage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-384
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Sept

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Funding Information:
Supported by grant No. R13-2003-13 from the Medical Science and Engineering Research Program of the Korean Science & Engineering Foundation.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Orthodontics


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