Journal Article

The effect of constant height bracket placement on marginal ridge levelling using digitized models

Carlos Suárez and Teresa Vilar

in The European Journal of Orthodontics

Published on behalf of European Orthodontics Society

Volume 32, issue 1, pages 100-105
Published in print February 2010 | ISSN: 0141-5387
Published online June 2009 | e-ISSN: 1460-2210 | DOI:
The effect of constant height bracket placement on marginal ridge levelling using digitized models

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Bracket placement is an important phase of orthodontic treatment. Final compensatory archwire bends or bracket repositioning may be avoided if brackets are accurately positioned at the outset, so as to correctly express their built-in prescription. The purpose of this study was to investigate the levelling of marginal ridges when a bracket placement protocol, with fixed values from the incisal edges and occlusal surfaces, was used on digitized models. A computerized tool, OrthoCAD®, was used to predict the end result using virtual set-up software. The appliances used for digital simulation were 3M MBT Victory Series 0.022 inch with a 0.019 × 0.025 inch stainless steel final archwire on 42 digitized models. A paired t-test was used to investigate differences between the means of the pre- (T1) and post- (T2) treatment marginal ridge heights.

The results showed that most of the marginal ridge points studied deteriorated during digitized treatment prediction compared with T1. Statistical and clinically significant changes (P < 0.05) were found for upper premolar and lower molar marginal ridge points. Variability in the facial contour of the teeth seemed to play an important role.

Journal Article.  3093 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics

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