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For what reason wouldn't my orthodontist change my top wire every appointment?

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Dr. Robert Stoner
Dentistry - Orthodontics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Still working

The wire can continue to provide force to the teeth or it is being used for stabilization while other things are done

In brief: Still working

The wire can continue to provide force to the teeth or it is being used for stabilization while other things are done
Dr. Robert Stoner
Dr. Robert Stoner
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Dr. Gary Brigham
Dentistry - Orthodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: New technology

Newer technologically advanced orthodontic wires no longer require replacement at every orthodontic appointment as they continue to effect lighter, more continuous movement over longer periods of time.
The newer materials reduce the number of wires necessary to effect the same changes, and effectively reduce treatment time.

In brief: New technology

Newer technologically advanced orthodontic wires no longer require replacement at every orthodontic appointment as they continue to effect lighter, more continuous movement over longer periods of time.
The newer materials reduce the number of wires necessary to effect the same changes, and effectively reduce treatment time.
Dr. Gary Brigham
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Dr. Nathan Granillo
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: It isn't needed

Each wire used has a specific goal.
The first few wires level and align the teeth. The next one or two are used while opening or closing spaces, correcting the bite or other adjustments. An ordinary course of treatment may require 3-6 upper wires (and 3-6 lower wires). There are more appointments than this so your orthodontist does not need to change either wire at every appointment.

In brief: It isn't needed

Each wire used has a specific goal.
The first few wires level and align the teeth. The next one or two are used while opening or closing spaces, correcting the bite or other adjustments. An ordinary course of treatment may require 3-6 upper wires (and 3-6 lower wires). There are more appointments than this so your orthodontist does not need to change either wire at every appointment.
Dr. Nathan Granillo
Dr. Nathan Granillo
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Dr. BEHRAM DALAL
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Arch wires don't

Need to be changed at every appointment.
Minor adjustments are made to the wires to move the teeth into the desired position. Hope this helps.

In brief: Arch wires don't

Need to be changed at every appointment.
Minor adjustments are made to the wires to move the teeth into the desired position. Hope this helps.
Dr. BEHRAM DALAL
Dr. BEHRAM DALAL
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Dr. Brent Mcfarland
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: There are several

it is not always necessary to change wires at each and every treatment.
it depends on what stage of treatment you are in and what is trying to be accomplished with present wire.

In brief: There are several

it is not always necessary to change wires at each and every treatment.
it depends on what stage of treatment you are in and what is trying to be accomplished with present wire.
Dr. Brent Mcfarland
Dr. Brent Mcfarland
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Stage of Rx

Sometimes wires are not changed to provide stabilization.
Sometimes they are not changed because Rx in one arch is ahead of Rx in the other arch. Talk this over with your Orthodontic Specialist. Everyone's different, so your question really can't be answered in this forum. You really need to ask your treating Orthodontist.

In brief: Stage of Rx

Sometimes wires are not changed to provide stabilization.
Sometimes they are not changed because Rx in one arch is ahead of Rx in the other arch. Talk this over with your Orthodontic Specialist. Everyone's different, so your question really can't be answered in this forum. You really need to ask your treating Orthodontist.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not neccessary

Changing the wire is not something that is needed every visit.
If they need the same size and type wire, there is no need to change it. What they do change is your ligatures (rubber bands) for hygiene.

In brief: Not neccessary

Changing the wire is not something that is needed every visit.
If they need the same size and type wire, there is no need to change it. What they do change is your ligatures (rubber bands) for hygiene.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dr. Hilary Baskin
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Dr. Gary Chapman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Change when ready

Arch wires are changed when they are "played out".
Newer arch wire technology has increased the efficiency of the wires. They work much longer and don't need to be changed as often. They also move teeth faster and with more comfort. Cool, huh?!

In brief: Change when ready

Arch wires are changed when they are "played out".
Newer arch wire technology has increased the efficiency of the wires. They work much longer and don't need to be changed as often. They also move teeth faster and with more comfort. Cool, huh?!
Dr. Gary Chapman
Dr. Gary Chapman
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