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How is Orthospeed applied?

Orthospeed is a medium viscosity density gel applied over dental braces in order to diminish unwanted friction. It is applied into the top and bottom of the bracket slot initially. Subsequently, Orthospeed is applied over the whole archwire before it is inserted . Finally, the archwire is inserted into the bracket slots and then, Orthospeed is applied on top. The archwire ligation process will take place much faster and more efficient way in this manner.

When Orthospeed is applied, we only use three different archwires for a 0.22” slot in 98,9% of the patients, regardless of the crowding degree:

  1. 0.14” extraelastic nitinol.
  2. 0.19.0.25” extraelastic nitinol.
  3. 0.19.0.22” steel (work archwire).

For 0.18” slot brackets, the archwires which will be used are:

  1. 0.12” extraelastic nitinol.
  2. 0.16.0.22” extraelastic nitinol.
  3. 0.16.0.22” steel (work archwire).

Depending on the dental crowding level which should be corrected, a different appointment calendar will be established:

  1. Severe crowding (more than 7mm negative bone-dental discrepancy): appointments every 2 weeks.
  2. Medium crowding (4 to 7 mm negative bone-dental discrepancy): appointments every 3 weeks.
  3. Light crowding (less than 4mm negative bone-dental discrepancy): appointments every 4 weeks.

The archwires sequence will be similar in all three cases. Both the appointment sequence and the ligation type which is to be used, will be modified depending on the severity of the initial alignment