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Revista Dental Press de Ortodontia e Ortopedia Facial

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ALMEIDA, Marcio Rodrigues de et al. Biomechanics in Orthodontics: "smart archwires". Rev. Dent. Press Ortodon. Ortop. Facial [online]. 2006, vol.11, n.1, pp.122-156. ISSN 1980-5500.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1415-54192006000100016.

The versatility of Biomechanics with the use of "smart wires" allows different strategies in order to achieve a better control in orthodontic cases. Multifunctional orthodontic wires (nickel-titanium intrusion arch-CIA® and M-loop® archwires) were developed in order to provide advantages in clinical management for the orthodontists. Since the force system, along with the side effects, of theses wires is well understood it becomes easier to use noncompliance mechanics. The present paper showed the clinical applications of the "smart wires" (nickel-titanium intrusion arch and M-loop archwires) capable of simultaneously performing different orthodontic movements in extraction cases which minimize the need for high anchorage control.

Keywords : Biomechanics; Fixed appliances; Intrusion of incisors; Space closure; Loop retraction.

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