3M™ Unitek™ Lateral Development Archwire is available in Beta Titanium, Nitinol, and Stainless Steel. This lateral development archwire, available in R24 (24 mm = 0.945 in), R26 (26 mm = 1.023 in) and R28 (28 mm = 1.102 in).
Is your finishing phase compromised due to archwire “play” in the bracket slot? Do you use appliances that require a judgment call for bracket placement on the canines? Is treatment time less predictable and are final results dependent on numerous bends you make in the archwires? If so, it’s time to regain control by using 3M™ Self-Ligating Appliances for your lateral development treatment.
3M™ Self-Ligating Appliance Systems with SmartClip™ SL3 Bracket clip technology allow you to use your existing archwire sequencing to achieve the desired lateral development for individual patients.
Lateral Development can help achieve a Platinum Proportion smile, which is the aesthetic result that occurs when properly selected archwires completely express the lateral dimension of the upper arch, creating a gradation that exceeds the traditional Golden Proportion.
Dr. Robert Waugh designed Unitek Lateral Development Archwires for treatment of patients with smaller tooth anatomy and/or spacing. After measuring all anterior teeth in his practice for over five years, he has crystallized a method to consistently deliver a predictable anterior display while idealizing functional coupling of anterior teeth.
A unique feature of the 3M Unitek Lateral Development System is that the archwires have circular anterior contours available in three coordinating sizes with approximate radii of 28 mm, 26 mm and 24 mm. Each wire is specifically designed to align and display the upper anterior six teeth for a known range of mesial-distal tooth sizes.
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