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Complementary adhesive devices for orthodontic treatment

Authors: Thiago Roberto Gemeli, Bárbara Robaskievicz and Rafael Cury Cecato

The correct installation of orthodontic brackets is an important foundation when the purpose is to perform a more accurate treatment in less time. The correct positioning of the parts will allow the orthodontist to obtain dental movements with greater three-dimensional control, favoring the steps of alignment, leveling, and torque.

In addition to the care associated with the positioning itself, it is worth highlighting the importance of other associated procedures that precede gluing, like prophylaxis. Cementing brackets on a contamination-free surface contributes to this purpose and should always be recommended (Fig. 2).

Compliance with the technique required by the adhesive system used makes it possible to achieve better clinical results. Prioritizing the same trademark between bonding agents and resins becomes essential for the orthodontist's surgical success, especially with regard to increasing the resistance of the tooth/bracket interface.

Another condition to be observed by the orthodontist relates to the use of complementary devices, which are responsible for providing greater comfort and brevity to the orthodontic intervention. For example, composites developed to inhibit the piercing-cutting action of tie wires, stops for disocclusion or occlusion of dental elements, among others.


A female patient, 14 years old, attended a private clinic reporting dissatisfaction with oral aesthetics. The clinical evaluation showed slight disharmony between the facial sections (brachycephalic pattern). Therefore, the intermaxillary angle was reduced, suggesting a later approach to increase the vertical dimension through the extrusion of dental elements from both arches intraorally. Slight discrepancy promoted by the presence of diastemas and gyroversion in the upper arch, as well as subtle crowding in the lower arch.

Fig. 1 Condição clínica inicial

Fig. 1 Initial clinical condition.

Fig. 2 Profilaxia dental com pedra-pomes previamente à colagem ortodôntica.

Fig. 2 Dental prophylaxis with pumice stone prior to orthodontic bonding.

Fig. 3 Aplicação de agente condicionador (Condac 37) no esmalte por 20 segundos.

Fig. 3 Application of conditioning agent (Condac 37) on the enamel for 20 seconds.

Fig. 4 Aplicação de adesivo (Ambar APS) sobre a  face vestibular do elemento 21.

Fig. 4 Application of adhesive (Ambar APS) on the vestibular face of element 21. 

Fig. 5 Aplicação de cimento resinoso (Orthocem)  diretamente sobre a malha do bráquete.

Fig. 5 Application of resinous cement (Orthocem) directly on the bracket mesh.

Fig. 6 Bráquete do elemento 21 sendo  pressionado sobre a superfície dental.

Fig. 6 Bracket of element 21 being pressed on the dental surface.

Fig. 7 Presença de batentes  (OrthoBite) nos caninos superiores.

Fig. 7 Presence of stops (OrthoBite) in the upper canines.

Fig. 7 Presença de batentes  (OrthoBite) nos caninos superiores.

Fig. 8 Upon disocclusion, the stops allow the extrusion of the posterior batteries and assist in the vertical control of the treatment.


Dica Clinica 1

Clinical tip 1 - Use a MICROBRUSH soaked with Ambar APS to accommodate, adapt and sculpt the stop more easily.

Dica Clinica 2

Clinical tip 2 - Use Top Comfort protective resin on accessory devices that have the potential to traumatize adjacent soft tissues.

The use of techniques and inputs that assist in the stability of orthodontic bonding is an important factor to be considered by the orthodontist. Establishing an operative protocol that includes a prophylactic approach, adequate selection and manipulation of the adhesive system as well as providing stop disocclusion are practices that contribute to a faster, more comfortable, and more cost-effective orthodontic treatment.