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Original Article

Alternative orthodontic treatment to missing upper lateral incisors

2008, Volumen 38, Número 1
Luis F. Chávez, Fernando de la Iglesia Beyme, David Huertas, Andreu Puigdollers Pérez
Master en Ortodoncia. Área de Ortodoncia. Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. Sant Cugat del Vallès, Barcelona

The orthodontic treatment of a missing upper lateral incisor involves the decision of opening or closing the space. Among the different factors that are fundamental in the decision making process of the treatment plan, we find the patient’s occlusion, facial morphology and age. If the treatment plan calls for opening the space of the missing lateral incisor, single implants are nowadays the treatment of choice if they satisfy the patient’s functional and aesthetic needs. This article presents an alternative treatment plan for opening space in a patient with a missing lateral incisor; space is opened in a posterior zone that does not risk anterior esthetics.  (Rev Esp Ortod. 2008;38(1):059-066)

Key words:
Missing teeth. Implants. Esthetics. Orthodontics-prosthodontics.
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