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wire

 [wīr]
a long, slender, flexible structure of metal, used in surgery and dentistry and sometimes as a conductor of electricity.
arch wire in orthodontic therapy, a wire attached to orthodontic bands and applied around the dental arch to control and force tooth movement.
Kirschner wire a steel wire for skeletal transfixing of fractured bones and for obtaining skeletal traction in fractures. It is inserted through the soft parts and the bone and is held tight in a clamp.
The use of the Kirschner wire to repair hallux valgus and other toe deformities. From Ignatavicius et al., 1995.
lead wire in cardiac pacing, an insulated wire with an electrode in contact with the heart and the other end attached to a pulse generator. It may have a bipolar configuration (bipolar lead) with two electrodes close to each other in the heart, or a unipolar configuration (unipolar lead) with just one electrode in the heart and the pulse generator as the ground.

arch·wire

(arch'wīr),
A device consisting of a wire conforming to the alveolar or dental arch, used as an anchorage in correcting irregularities in the position of the teeth.
Synonym(s): arch wire

arch wire

an orthodontic wire fastened to two or more teeth through fixed attachments, used to cause or guide tooth movement. See also full-arch wire, sectional arch wire.

arch wire

A stainless steel orthodontic wire attached to braces or brackets, either to move the teeth in dentistry or stabilise the jaw in LeFort fractures.

arch wire

A stainless steel orthodontic wire attached to braces or brackets to move the teeth in dentistry, or stabilize the jaw in LeFort fractures. See LeFort fracture.

arch wire

(ahrch wīr)
A device with a wire conforming to the alveolar or dental arch, used as an anchorage in correcting irregularities in the position of the teeth, so as to move teeth orthodontically into a more satisfactory position.
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It is a resistant stainless steel or Nickel titanium arch wire bonded to a tooth colored epoxy coating.
With 3-D computerized models of patients' mouths and arch wires made of an alloy developed by NASA, orthodontia - which has been around since 400 B.
The coatings will effectively decouple sliding resistance from other mechanical properties of the arch wire, providing the practitioner with new tools for solving specific patient problems.
Active interaction [12] is the term used for the system where the seating forces on round arch wire are continuous.
An arch wire connected to bands and brackets pulls or pushes the teeth into their proper positions (see miniposter, pp.
Recent developments in material science have lent themselves to improving the properties of orthodontic stainless steel arch wire technology.
Patients can now opt to undergo completely aesthetic orthodontic treatment with the release of the clear arch wire and clear ASTICS[R] retainer.
Recently, a new ceramic bracket design having metal-lined arch wire slot was introduced to the market in an attempt to minimize some of the problems that were encountered by the clinician.