Article: Volume 13 Number 1 Page 20 - January 2020

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  Orth Update 2020; 13: 20-24

Orthodontics:  An Unusual Presentation of Dental Transposition Caused by Digit-Sucking

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Abstract: This article describes the case of a 12-year-old boy who presented with a unique digit-sucking habit which has led to transposition of the lower lateral incisors with the lower canines. The aetiology, pathology and management are described for digit-sucking habits and dental transposition.

Clinical relevance: It is important to recognize digit-sucking habits in patients and the implications for the malocclusion.

Author notes: Inderjit Shargill, BDS, MPhil, MFDS RCS, MOrth RCS, FTTA in Orthodontics, Leeds Dental Institute and Simon J Littlewood, BDS, FDS RCS, MDSc, MOrth RCS, FDS(Orth) RCS, Consultant in Orthodontics, St Luke’s Hospital Bradford/Leeds Dental Institute, UK.

Objective: To describe a case of a 12-year-old patient who presented with a digit-sucking habit which led to dental transpositions.