Why is it necessary to change wires periodically?

Posted on March 4, 2016

During treatment for braces, orthodontic wires progress from very light, flexible wires to heavier, more rigid wires depending on the initial alignment of the teeth. At Cardinal Orthodontics we primarily use three wires throughout your braces treatment that provide a special force to the teeth to keep them progressing toward the finished result.

The first wire is a very light wire that allows deflection towards the teeth that are most crooked. Once that wire has performed the initial alignment, a second larger wire is used. This larger wire is thicker and stiffer, and it completes most of the work. The third and final wire is the largest, stiffest, and has the ability to be bent. This wire allows for fine detailing through minor wire bends.



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