Developing class III malocclusion presents a challenge to clinicians due to its varied etiology. Several treatment modalities have been developed over the years to tackle this anomaly. However, most of the appliances are either difficult to fabricate and use or not tolerated well by the patient. Removable mandibular retractor is a simple and convenient yet often overlooked appliance for management of early class III malocclusion. Only a few case reports of the appliance in use are present in the literature. This case report presents the case of a 10 year old patient treated successfully with this appliance.
Hardy DK et al. Prevalence of Angle Class III Malocclusion: A Systematic Review and Meta- Analysis. Open Journal of Epidemiology. 2012;2,75-82.
Agarwal SS, Jayan B, Chopra SS. An Overview of Malocclusion in India. J Dent Health Oral Disord Ther 3(3): 00092. DOI: 10.15406/jdhodt.2015.03.00092
Almeida MR et al. Early Treatment of Class III Malocclusion: 10 year Clinical Follow Up. J Appl Oral Sci. 2011;19:431-439.
Bacetti T, Tollaro I. A Retrospective Comparison of Functional Appliance Treatment of Class III Malocclusions in the Deciduous and Mixed Dentitions. European Journal of Orthodontics. 1998; 20:309-317.
Loli D. Removable mandibular retractor: a simple and usefool tool to treat anterior crossbite. Webmed Central ORTHODONTICS 2017;8(11):WMC005396.
Machado AR. Early Correction of a Developing Class III Malocclusion with a Removable Appliance. Dent Oral Craniofac Res. 2016; 2(5):359-61.
Majanni AMR, Hajeer MY. The Removable Mandibular Retractor vs the Bone- anchored Intermaxillary Traction in the Correction of Skeletal Class III Malocclusion in Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Contemp Dent Pract. 2016;17(5):361-371.
Tollaro I et al. Mandibular Skeletal Changes Induced By Early Functional Treatment of Class III Malocclusion: A Superimposition Study. American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. 1995;108(5): 525-32.
Woon SC, Thiruvenkatachari B. Early orthodontic treatment for Class III malocclusion: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2017;151(1):28-52.