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measuring arch wire


Insertion of Initial Wires Course


This course covers each step of selecting, inserting, and tying in an initial wire in a newly bonded patient. It includes measuring the length of the wire considering extra wire for tying into rotated teeth, cooling down thermal wires to engage into rotated teeth, Alastic tying methods including a butterfly tie, placement of wire ties so that they do not poke the patient, checking and clipping wire ends safely, and placing bendbacks for wires extending over a long span.


This course was a collaboration among several experienced orthodontic assistants including Terri Young, BS, RDH, and Lisa Urban, both from Anchorage, Alaska. Dr. Rebecca Poling was the Editor for the collaboration.


This course was originally released in 2007 and was updated in 2014. It will then expire in 2017. The author(s) of this course have no relationships that may create a conflict of interest with the content of it. No images in this course have been altered to misrepresent treatment outcomes.






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