Efficiencies of SmartClip™ SL3 Self-Ligating Appliances enhanced with improved ligating clip.
As part of an ongoing continuing improvement process for 3M products, 3M engineers have responded to a call for improved engagement and disengagement forces for the ligating clips on SmartClip™ SL3 Self-Ligating Appliances. The improved clips change the forces needed to engage and disengage archwires, and in particular, rectangular archwires. The result is an improved experience for both the doctor and patient. In the process, the shape of the enhanced clip has also improved the rotation control characteristics of the brackets.