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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 46  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 167-168

Reactivation of Open Coil Springs: A Novel Procedure

1 Department of Orthodontics, Hi-tech Dental College, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
2 Department of Orthodontics, Institute of Dental Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
3 Department of Orthodontics, Gandhi Dental College, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Correspondence Address:
Sanjeeb Kumar Sahu
Department of Orthodontics, Hi-tech Dental College, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
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Open coil springs are commonly used in orthodontic practice to create space for a palatally or lingually blocked out tooth. However, very often the clinician encounters a situation where the inter-bracket span is very less and the open coil spring is not long enough to open the required space needed for alignment. In such situations, the clinician needs to remove the arch wire and reinserts a longer coil spring. A new simple and cost-effective technique describes an intraoral reactivation of an open coil spring without the need for removal of the base archwire with the additional benefit of preventing unwanted forces to the adjacent teeth.

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