Treatment of a pseudo-class III relationship in the primary dentition: a case history.

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In conclusion, posterior and anterior crossbites of the primary dentition should be corrected, once recognized, to allow for normal dental base development and subsequent favorable skeletal growth, provided the analysis of the case reveals no gross boney discrepancies. To quiet any archaic ideas of delaying posterior crossbite correction until the eruption of the permanent first molars, a pilot is being undertaken to determine whether there is a statistical difference in the need for retreatment of patients, when the permanent first molars erupt with the use of either the Porter, Quadhelix, or R.P.E.-type appliances. It is hoped that this will support the low retreatment frequency of 7.6 percent reported by Kutin and Hawes.

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