Orthodontic Steel Wire

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Model Number: NH-97492

Brand: Niche Healthcare

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Dental steel wire, also known as orthodontic wire, is a key component used in orthodontic treatments to straighten teeth and correct bite alignment. It plays a crucial role in applying controlled forces to move teeth into their desired positions over time. Here are some key points about dental steel wire:

  • Material: Dental steel wire is typically made from high-grade stainless steel, which offers durability, flexibility, and biocompatibility. Stainless steel is resistant to corrosion and can withstand the forces exerted during orthodontic treatment without deformation.
  • Varieties: There are various types of dental steel wire available, each with unique properties suited for different stages of orthodontic treatment and specific treatment goals. Common types include:
  • Round wire: Used for initial alignment and leveling of teeth.
  • Rectangular wire: Provides torque control and rotational movement of teeth.
  • Thermalactivated wire: Exhibits shape memory properties and can apply consistent forces as it returns to its pre-formed shape upon activation by body heat.
  • Nickeltitanium (NiTi) wire: Offers flexibility and low stiffness, making it suitable for early stages of treatment and for patients with sensitive teeth.
  • Sizes and Gauges: Dental steel wire comes in various sizes and gauges to accommodate different treatment plans and patient needs. Orthodontists select the appropriate wire size and gauge based on factors such as the severity of misalignment, desired tooth movement, and treatment stage.
  • Preformed vs. Customized: Some dental steel wires come pre-formed with specific shapes and configurations to address common orthodontic issues. However, orthodontists may also customize wires by bending or shaping them to achieve precise tooth movements and address individual patient concerns.
  • Attachments: Dental steel wire is secured to orthodontic brackets, bands, or other appliances using ligatures, elastic bands, or specialized clips. These attachments allow for precise positioning of the wire and controlled application of forces to the teeth.
  • Progression: During orthodontic treatment, patients typically undergo periodic adjustments where the orthodontist replaces the existing wire with a thicker or differently shaped wire to continue progressing towards the desired tooth movements. This process is tailored to each patient’s treatment plan and may involve several phases of wire changes.

Overall, dental steel wire is a fundamental component of orthodontic treatment, providing the mechanical forces necessary to achieve tooth alignment and bite correction effectively. Orthodontists carefully select and manipulate wires to achieve optimal treatment outcomes while ensuring patient comfort and safety.


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