Rotating Teeth

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Rotating Teeth

#1 Post by Megan11 » Sat Dec 20, 2008 1:32 pm

Generally speaking, how do ortho's rotate teeth? What tools/techniques are used to get the tooth rotated to its proper position?

And do you need to go the tooth aligned first, before you rotate it?
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#2 Post by lionfish » Sat Dec 20, 2008 1:35 pm

My ortho used a powerchain to rotate one of my premolars, which wasn't aligned at the time.

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#3 Post by Maverick » Sat Dec 20, 2008 3:45 pm

Tooth rotation can start with just Elastic Ligatures on the wire.

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Powerchains can also be used to rotate and ligature placement can be used (Lig on only one half of the bracket).

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#4 Post by Soworththeeffort » Sat Dec 20, 2008 5:49 pm

In addition to powerchains (attached horizontally to the archwire), and elastics (attached in many, many different configurations to brackets), your orthodontist may also crimp your archwire to rotate a tooth. (I'm not sure what the criteria is for using elastics and/or powerchains versus crimping the archwire - my orthodontist has used all three different techniques to rotate the same tooth....maybe they just keep trying different ones until one works?) Hope this helps.

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#5 Post by Megan11 » Sun Dec 21, 2008 9:33 am

I see now, thanks for the replies. I was under the impression that power chains were strictly for closing gaps...I guess I learn something new everyday ha.
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#6 Post by sdawdy » Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:40 pm

Because my teeth are so freaking stubborn, my ortho tried

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and finally, had a rubberband from the back of the tooth to the front of the tooth on the top....really weird feeling at first....

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#7 Post by funshine » Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:01 pm

I had a really badly rotated tooth. My ortho used a button for a couple of months and then moved to a regular bracket. It turned around first and then moved into place.
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