Let’s Give Them Something To TORQUE About!

Author: Dr. Robert “Tito” Norris

THE PROBLEM:

About 90% of orthodontic brackets sold worldwide are .022” slot. However, less than 1% of wire sold is .021” x .025”. Why is this? The answer is simple. Orthodontic wire of .021 x .025” dimension exerts too much force on the brackets and the teeth. It causes pain, often causes bond failure when trying to engage, and it limits the amount of wire bending it or repositioning that an orthodontist can make at an appointment. So, naturally, for over 90% of .022” slot orthodontists, the largest diameter wire utilized in their practice for the working and finishing stages of treatment is .019 x .025”. Continue reading “Let’s Give Them Something To TORQUE About!”