Standard edgewise technique and its relevance in contemporary fixed appliance therapy part 1

From Volume 3, Issue 3, July 2010 | Pages 76-80


Niall JP McGuinness

PhD, DDS, MScD, BDS, BA, FDS(Orth) RCPS(Glasg), DOrth, MOrth RCS(Edin)

Consultant Orthodontist/Hon Senior Lecturer, Edinburgh Dental Institute, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9HA, UK

Articles by Niall JP McGuinness


The edgewise appliance was first described over 80 years ago and has developed into a highly sophisticated technique to achieve ideal orthodontic treatment results. Bracket systems, wires and other supplies are now prefabricated, making the task of straightening teeth less tedious. From these, clinicians can pick and choose which combination is ideal for their armentarium. However, there is a tendency to regard these appliances as being almost foolproof, and there are certain situations where recourse to the techniques used in the original standard edgewise appliance are necessary. These will be outlined and described in this and two subsequent articles.


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