A female patient (age 26) visited the orthodontist for correction of the reduced exposure of the upper incisors during laughing. She also reported crowding of the lower incisors and an association between lisping and her open bite. The diagnosis in this case: a Class III malocclusion case with incisor crowding and an open bite. Because her main complaint was reduced upper incisor exposure while talking and laughing, which would not be corrected with orthodontic appliances only, the position of the maxilla was corrected during orthodontic treatment by means of vertical intra-oral maxillary distraction. An acceptable and relatively stable result was achieved.