Nonsurgical orthodontic treatment of a hypodivergent adult patient with bilateral posterior scissors bite and excessive overjet

Angle Orthod. 2019 Mar;89(2):333-349. doi: 10.2319/111617-791.1. Epub 2018 Aug 6.


This report illustrates successful nonsurgical orthodontic treatment of a hypodivergent adult patient with bilateral posterior scissors bite (Brodie bite) and excessive overjet. A 26-year-old woman primarily reported maxillary incisor protrusion. She was diagnosed with Class ll division 1 malocclusion with skeletal Class I, short face, low mandibular plane angle and bilateral posterior scissors bite. A lingual arch with anterior bite block and posterior miniscrews with preadjusted edgewise appliances were used to improve the bilateral scissors bite. After achieving molar occlusion, the maxillary first premolars were extracted, and six miniscrews were used to improve the anterior-posterior and vertical discrepancies. After active treatment for 56 months, the convex facial profile with excessively protruded lips was improved and good interdigitation with ideal incisor relationship was achieved. Additionally, the irregular movements of the incisal path and the bilateral condyles during lateral excursion were improved. At 13 months of retention, a satisfactory facial profile, occlusion, and jaw movements were maintained. The treatment results suggest that miniscrews and fixed bite blocks were effective and efficient to facilitate correction of the bilateral scissors bite, excessive overjet, and vertical relationship correction in this nonsurgical orthodontic treatment.

Keywords: Bilateral scissors bite; Brodie bite; Non-growing patient; Temporary anchorage devices.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cephalometry
  • Dental Occlusion
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Malocclusion, Angle Class II*
  • Malocclusion, Angle Class III*
  • Open Bite*
  • Orthodontic Anchorage Procedures*
  • Overbite* / therapy
  • Tooth Movement Techniques*