Modified hyrax splint for rapid maxillary expansion in esthetically concerned patients
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This clinical pearl describes the fabrication of a modified esthetic rapid maxillary expansion (RME) hyrax splint. As the patient who approached to us for orthodontic treatment was esthetic conscious demanded for clear brackets [Damon clear, Figure 1a-c] and he also refused for band formation on first premolar for the fabrication of hyrax splint, and hence we have designed a modified hyrax splint for RME in such esthetically concerned patients.
FABRICATION OF THE SPLINT
Banding the first premolar for fabrication of hyrax splint can prove to be esthetically compromising for some patients. So in such cases instead of soldering the wire on a band of first premolar the anterior arm can be bent back and soldered to the first molar. The excess wire from behind the first molar is cut away.
The wire on the lingual surface of first premolar is sandblasted with aluminum oxide particles, and the occlusal surface of first premolar is etched and a piece of super splint [Figure 2] is passed underneath the sandblasted wire [Figures 3 and 4] and it is bonded on occlusal surface of first premolars with flowable composite. In this way, the hyrax wire is connected to the first premolars [Figure 5].
Easy to fabricate.
As the supersplint connects the hyrax wire to the first premolar, it distributes the forces generated by the appliance evenly to all the teeth.
No need of band formation on upper first premolars.
It can be used in esthetically conscious patients who refuse for a band on first premolar.
The composite placed on the occlusal surface of first premolar will also serve the purpose of a bite block and, therefore, would be beneficial in advancing the maxilla.
Supersplint used in this technique is flexible and has high flexural strength so it won’t get dislodged even with the heavy force application by the hyrax splint. In this case, if the wire would have been bonded directly with composite without using supersplint, the high forces generated by the hyrax splint would have disrupted the bond.
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