AIM Removable appliances are a dependable choice for many patients but like all orthodontic appliances, they
have some limitations in use. Patient selection and appropriate appliance design are two key factors for success. Many
patients, especially adults, prefer intra-oral appliances to extra-oral devices. Sometimes a removable intra-oral appliance can
solve a dental problem in a shorter period of time compared to fixed treatment, and this has also been repeatedly seen in
molar distalisation. From the interceptive perspective, the appliance can prevent or alleviate an impending crowding for
erupting permanent incisors. CASE REPORT This article describes 5 patients with different orthodontic problems:
impending crowding for erupting upper canine with 2 approaches, provision of space for upper cuspids, resolution of
chronic attrition of anterior teeth, relief of space shortage for upper canines eruption, and reduction of excess overjet. All
subjects were treated with removable appliances of various designs.
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