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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 142  

Modified bracket positioning holder

1 Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Yenepoya Dental College, Mangalore, India
2 Department of Pedodontics, Yenepoya Dental College, Mangalore, India

Date of Web Publication20-Jul-2011

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Nandish Shetty
Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Yenepoya Dental College, Mangalore
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0976-237X.83070

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Raghuraj M B, Shetty N, Sharan. Modified bracket positioning holder. Contemp Clin Dent 2011;2:142

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Raghuraj M B, Shetty N, Sharan. Modified bracket positioning holder. Contemp Clin Dent [serial online] 2011 [cited 2022 Jun 25];2:142. Available from:


The importance of bracket placement as given by McLaughlin & Bennett with the Preadjusted Appliance system is crucial in achieving optimal orthodontic treatment results, particularly with "straight wire" appliance designs.

There have been many bracket positioning gauges and bracket holding forceps, yet till date there is no such instrument which can be used for positioning the bracket and simultaneously check the vertical accuracy of the bracket with the same instrument.

Here in this instrument we have fixed metallic gauges on to the reverse of bracket holding forcep. These gauges are at four different levels i.e.; 3.5mm, 4mm, 4.5mm and 5mm respectively. Only these measurements were selected as they are the one most often used in clinical practice.

Advantages of using this instrument:

  • One instrument performing three different purposes, bracket holding and positioning, placing the bracket at desired vertical level and finally adapting bracket to tooth surface [Figure 1], [Figure 2] and [Figure 3].
  • The purpose of changing to different instruments to check for the vertical placement of bracket is eliminated.
  • Chair side time on each patient is lessened there by increasing the working efficiency of the clinician.
Figure 1: Modified Bracket positioning holder with guages

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Figure 2: Placing the bracket

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Figure 3: Checking the height of the bracket with the modified bracket positioning holder

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   References Top

1.McLaughlin RP, Bennett JC. Bracket placement with the preadjusted appliance. J Clin Orthod 1995;29:302-11.   Back to cited text no. 1
2.Samuels RH. A new bracket-positioning instrument. J Clin Orthod 2000;34:482-3.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Carlson SK, Johnson E. Bracket positioning and resets: Five steps to align crowns and roots consistently. Am J Orthod Dentofacial Orthop 2001;119:76-80.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Armstrong D, Shen G, Petocz P, Darendeliler MA. Accuracy of bracket placement by orthodontists and inexperienced dental students. Aust Orthod J 2007;23:96-103.  Back to cited text no. 4
5.Manni A, Grassi R, Carbone M. Customized bracket positioning with level marginal ridges. J Clin Orthod 2004;38:348-50.  Back to cited text no. 5


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