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CLINICAL INNOVATION
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 49  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 161-162

Closure of a maxillary midline diastema using a modified omega loop


1 MDS, PG Student, Department of Orthodontics, KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belagavi, Karnataka, India
2 MDS, Reader, Department of Orthodontics, KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belagavi, Karnataka, India
3 MDS, PhD Professor and Head, Department of Orthodontics, KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences, Belagavi, Karnataka, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0301-5742.165564

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A maxillary midline diastema is important from a clinical management standpoint by virtue of its presence, as well as the esthetic concerns it causes to the patient. While seen in many children as a part of normal development in the mixed dentition (only to disappear as the growth progresses), it may persist in situations associated with some or the other etiological factors. These could be tooth size-shape discrepancy, midline cysts, missing lateral incisors, habits (thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, etc.), familial tendencies, abnormal labial frenum, etc., Treatment planning should seek to manage not only the diastemata in question but also the cause behind it. Possible therapeutic approaches include orthodontic treatment, restorative dentistry, surgery, and its various combinations. This article describes a modified form of loop mechanics used to close diastemata.


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