By Larry A. Rose, DDS, MS
.012, .016, .018, Hike! Is that a football play? No, it is a sequence of arch wire sizes that Dr. Larry Rose and Dr. Mohni Malik use to move teeth. Did you think braces move teeth? They don’t. The arch wires move teeth. Who thinks about arch wires? Arch wires get no respect! Dr. Larry Rose and Dr. Mohni Malik, the orthodontists at Houston Area Orthodontics, one of the best orthodontic practices in the Houston, TX area, give arch wires tons of respect! Are all arch wires the same? Not even close! The arch wires used at Houston Area Orthodontics are collectively referred to as “Nitinol” arch wires. To be more specific, the arch wires are heat activated “Nitinol” arch wires. Why heat activated? The force application using a heat activated arch wire is gentle and gradual. The arch wires apply the tooth movement pressure as they are warmed by a heat source, which is the mouth! Standard arch wires that are non-heat activated exert similar forces whether the arch wire is in the mouth or at room temperature. What that means to the patient is as soon as the non-heat activated arch wire is placed, the teeth are instantly loaded, and that can lead to some very sore teeth! Dr. Larry Rose and Dr. Mohni Malik want their patients to be as comfortable as possible during the tooth moving process, so the arch wires and the bracket systems they use are designed for comfort, and efficient tooth movement. Call (281) 493-2370 today for a complimentary orthodontic examination appointment and start constructing a new smile for you or a loved one right away!