The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network Adult Anterior Open Bite Study: Treatment recommendations and their association with patient and practitioner characteristics

Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop. 2019 Sep;156(3):312-325. doi: 10.1016/j.ajodo.2019.05.005.


Introduction: This aim of this paper is to describe and identify the practitioner and patient characteristics that are associated with treatment recommendations for adult anterior open bite patients across the United States.

Methods: Practitioners and patients were recruited within the framework of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. Practitioners were asked about their demographic characteristics and their treatment recommendations for these patients. The practitioners also reported on their patients' dentofacial characteristics and provided initial cephalometric scans and intraoral photographs. Patients were asked about their demographic characteristics, previous orthodontic treatment, and goals for treatment. Four main treatment groups were evaluated: aligners, fixed appliances, temporary anchorage devices (TADs), and orthognathic surgery. Extractions were also investigated. Predictive multivariable models were created comparing various categories of treatment as well as extraction/nonextraction decisions.

Results: Ninety-one practitioners (mostly orthodontists) and 347 patients were recruited from October 2015 to December 2016. Increased aligner recommendations were associated with white and Asian patients, the presence of tongue habits, and female practitioners. TADs were recommended more often in academic settings. Recommendations for orthognathic surgery were associated with demographic factors, such as availability of insurance coverage and practitioner race/ethnicity, and dentofacial characteristics, such as anteroposterior discrepancies, more severe open bites, and steeper mandibular plane angles. Extraction recommendations were largely associated with severe crowding and incisor proclination.

Conclusions: Both doctor and patient demographic factors, as well as dentofacial characteristics, were significantly associated with treatment recommendations for adult anterior open bite patients.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cephalometry
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incisor
  • Male
  • Mandible
  • Middle Aged
  • Open Bite / diagnostic imaging
  • Open Bite / epidemiology
  • Open Bite / therapy*
  • Orthodontic Appliances / statistics & numerical data
  • Orthodontics, Corrective / instrumentation
  • Orthodontics, Corrective / methods
  • Orthodontics, Corrective / statistics & numerical data*
  • Orthodontists / statistics & numerical data*
  • Orthognathic Surgical Procedures
  • Practice Patterns, Dentists' / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tooth Movement Techniques / instrumentation
  • Tooth Movement Techniques / methods
  • Tooth Movement Techniques / statistics & numerical data
  • United States / epidemiology