Moving an incisor across the midline - A treatment alternative in an adolescent patient

Jose A. Bosio, Marquette University
T. Gerard Bradley, Marquette University
Arthur F. Hefti, Marquette

American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Volume 139, Issue 4, pp 533-543 (April, 2011). DOI: 10.1016/j.ajodo.2009.10.041


A 13-year-old sought treatment for a severely compromised maxillary left central incisor and an impacted fully developed left canine. Extraction of both teeth became necessary. As the key component of the revised comprehensive treatment plan, the right maxillary central incisor was moved into the position of the left central incisor. All other maxillary teeth were moved mesially to close any gaps. Active orthodontic treatment was completed after 34 months. Frenectomy, minor periodontal surgeries, and bonded lingual retainers were used to improve aesthetics and stabilize the tooth positions. The patient was pleased with the treatment outcome. Cone-beam computed tomography provided evidence that the tooth movement was accompanied by a deviation of the most anterior portion of the median palatine suture. This observation may make relapse more likely if long-term retention cannot be ensured. Root resorption was not observed as a consequence of the major tooth movement.