Two-phase treatment has been a controversial topic for decades. The speaker will give his perspective on the role of rapid maxillary expansion in early mixed dentition patients. Bonded RME is used in Class I patients to increase available arch space, spontaneously improve Class II problems, improve eruption of impacted canines, and facilitate Class III correction. Indications and contraindications will be discussed.
Analyze the long-term stability of early arch expansion, with and without the use of the lower Schwarz appliance.
Familiar themselves with spontaneous sagittal improvement of Class II relationships following RME.
Identify several ways of using a bonded expander in the correction of Class III issues.