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Management of Class I Malocclusion

Description of Class I Incisor Relationship

Class I malocclusion often includes crowded teeth - this means that the teeth are too large for the size of the jaws. When there is significant crowding it is sometimes appropriate to consider the removal of side teeth to create space for the alignment of the front teeth. In these examples, four side (premolar) teeth have been removed.

Example 1

In this example note the improved alignment of the upper and lower front teeth, and an improved bite of the teeth following the removal of four side (premolar) teeth. This treatment required upper and lower fixed appliances for a period of about 18 months.

Right teeth before and after Front teeth before and after Left teeth before and after

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Example 2

In this example note the very displaced eye (canine) teeth have been brought into alignment following the removal of four side (premolar) teeth. This treatment required upper and lower fixed appliances for a period of about 14 months.

Right teeth before and after Front teeth before and after Left teeth before and after

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