Upper-molar intrusion using anterior palatal anchorage and the 'Mini-Mousetrap' appliance


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Australasian Orthodontic Journal

Australian Society of Orthodontists

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Upper-molar intrusion using anterior palatal anchorage and the 'Mini-Mousetrap' appliance

Benedict Wilmes * / Thomas Niegel * / Dieter Drescher *

Citation Information : Australasian Orthodontic Journal. Volume 34, Issue 2, Pages 263-267, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/aoj-2020-078

License : (CC BY 4.0)

Published Online: 20-July-2021



The intrusion of over-erupted upper molars is an orthodontic problem of major difficulty. When conventional appliances are used, the extrusion of adjacent teeth is likely. However, in recent years, temporary anchorage devices have been used to avoid unwanted side effects. For this purpose, mini-implants have primarily been inserted in the alveolar process. However, due to many disadvantages associated with mini-implant placement between the roots of the upper molars, it is now preferred to insert miniimplants in the anterior palate, which ensures a low risk of failure or mini-implant fracture. The ‘Mini-Mousetrap’ appliance (without a TPA) was designed as a less bulky alternative to the ‘Mousetrap’ (with a TPA), and is comprised of two mini-implants in the anterior palate and attached lever arms for molar intrusion. If a TPA is not used, molar movement must be monitored and the direction of the force adjusted to avoid unwanted molar tipping.

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