Journal of Health Sciences and Research
Volume 11 | Issue 1 | Year 2020

Trans-XX—Appliance for Simultaneous eXtrusion and eXpansion

Hampapura Shivananda Dharmesh1, Bharathi V Srinivas2, Honnalingaiah Kiran3, Rajkumar S Alle4, Poorna Devadoss5

1–4Department of Orthodontics, RajaRajeswari Dental College and Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
5Department of Orthodontics, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Corresponding Author: Bharathi V Srinivas, Department of Orthodontics, RajaRajeswari Dental College and Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, Phone: +91 9901402105, e-mail:

How to cite this article Dharmesh HS, Srinivas BV, Kiran H, et al. Trans-XX—Appliance for Simultaneous eXtrusion and eXpansion. J Health Sci Res 2020;11(1):24–26.

Source of support: Nil

Conflict of interest: None


Orthodontic disimpaction of impacted maxillary canines requires careful planning of anchorage and proper traction technique to achieve controlled movement of canines through the bone and attached gingiva for maximum esthetics and periodontal health. Trans-XX is a modified transpalatal appliance to simultaneously disimpact an impacted canine along with arch expansion.

Keywords: Canine disimpaction, Maxillary expansion, Transpalatal arch.


Maxillary canine teeth are the second commonly impacted teeth after the third molars, in lieu of long and curvy path of eruption ranging from 2 to 4% of the population. In 85% of the patients, the maxillary canines are displaced palatally and 15% show buccal displacement. Some of the common etiological factors for canine impaction are arch length discrepancy, abnormal position of the dental germ, idiopathic conditions, etc. Reduction of intercanine width can also be an important finding in palatal impaction of canines.1 Various methods are used to apply orthodontic traction to disimpact an impacted canine like lasso wires, monkey hooks, pins and cantilever springs, power chain, ligature wires, and double archwires.2


Transpalatal arch (TPA) was introduced by Robert A Goshgarian in 1972, and is made of 0.036″ stainless steel wire that spans the palate between the upper first molars.3,4

Trans-XX is a modification of the TPA to bring about simultaneous extrusion of the both palatally and buccally impacted canines along with slow expansion of the maxillary arch. It is fabricated with 0.031″ (0.8 mm) stainless steel wire; the outer arm of the modified extended TPA rests against the palatal surfaces of the maxillary posterior teeth. The free ends of the outer arm consist of a helix to engage the E-chain or the ligature wire (Fig. 1).

Slow maxillary expansion is brought about by opening the omega-shaped loop using a three-pronged plier intraorally. For extrusion of canine, the elastic is engaged on to the bracket bonded on the impacted teeth on one end and engaged on to the helix of the free end of the outer arm of the Trans-XX appliance.

The force used to bring about orthodontic canine extrusion is about 0.6 N, while the force generated by the slow expansion is around 2–4 pounds, which are within the physiological limits of the body, can be achieved by this cantilever system appliance. Various other orthodontic systems used for orthodontic extrusion of the maxillary canine like Kilroy spring, elastomeric chain, ligature wire exert about 2.5 N, far beyond the physiological limit of 0.6 N.1,5


A patient reported with malaligned upper teeth and discomfort during mastication. On extraoral examination, she had straight profile, anterior divergent, and having average growth pattern. Intraorally she presented with crowding in both arches, crossbite extending from maxillary lateral incisors till first molar bilaterally, V-shaped upper arch, retained deciduous maxillary canines and impacted permanent canines bilaterally angulated at 42° and 44°, respectively, both canine cusp tips lying in sector IV according to the classification proposed by Ericson and Kurol6,7 (Figs 2 and 3).

Fig. 1: Trans-XX appliance design fabricated on the cast. Its simple design makes it easier for the application of the orthodontic traction in impacted maxillary canines with unfavorable inclination

Figs 2A to D: Intraoral photographs

Fig. 3: Radiological findings showing canine cusp tips lying in sector IV

Fig. 4: Trans-XX inserted in patient mouth and traction initiated with E-chain

The orthodontic treatment plan was to extract the deciduous tooth, surgical exposure, and disimpaction of permanent canines and correction of posterior crossbite, restoring the function and esthetics to the patient. Trans-XX inserted in patient mouth and traction initiated with E-chain (Fig. 4).


Disimpaction of palatally impacted canine is always a challenge to an orthodontist because of its unpredictability. Appliance selection and careful planning of tractional forces on canines are vital for successful treatment results.8 The traction of the impacted canines, applying a modified palatal device simultaneously with slow maxillary expansion can be effectively and efficiently carried out by Trans-XX appliance. Advantages of this appliance are decreased treatment time and expansion being more physiological because of slow maxillary expansion. Additional clinical procedure and slight discomfort to the patient could be considered as its disadvantages.


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