Treatment & Care
There are two ways to activate the W arch before placing it in the mouth. Ricketts et al. (1979) originally suggested that operators activate the appliance with three-pronged pliers to incorporate expansion and molar-rotating force. Another method proposed by Kholoki (1995) employs an arch form chosen from a pentamorphic chart that serves as a pattern for regulating the W Arch.
This appliance should be cleaned every day with toothpaste and a soft toothbrush, morning and night. Encourage the patient to give sufficient time to clean thoroughly around the appliance, gums, teeth, and bands to maintain proper hygiene and prevent inflammation. 3 minutes is recommended.
- Wire: American Orthodontics Chromium Cobalt
Attachment & Band options:
- AO Maximum Retention Bands
- Leone Web Bands
- AO .022 Slot w/ Hook
- AO Headgear and .022 Slot with Hook
- AO MBT w/hook
- AO Double Slot w/ Hook