With improvements in bonding techniques, bracket base design and bond strengths, molar tubes are becoming more popular in orthodontics.1,2 Molar tubes make an attractive alternative to conventional banding due to a reduction in clinical bonding time and ease of placement on partially erupted teeth. The use of molar tubes negates the need for orthodontic separation and subsequent cementation of bands, and offers improved periodontal health.3 Their use on terminal molars, however, should be limited to non-orthognathic cases. This paper presents two cases of peri-operative second molar tube failure during orthognathic surgery. They are presented in the hope that it will highlight the importance of banding the distal terminal molar in orthognathic cases to prevent loss of molar tubes and peri-operative contamination of the surgical wound site.
|Translated title of the contribution||Peri-operative second molar tube failure during orthognathic surgery: two case reports|
|Pages (from-to)||75 - 79|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Orthodontics|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2007|