Great Lakes Orthodontics
Great Lakes Orthodontics, Tonawanda, NY, offers Bird Beak Pliers, which feature precision-aligned, tapered tips for consistent and delicate bending. The single-piece construction of the double tip is designed to eliminate flaring and ensure strength. The pliers are manufactured with stainless steel forgings and easy-grip handles. Other popular styles include the Serrated Wire-Bending Plier, Howe, Jarabak, Hawley, and Adams Clasp. Special adjusting pliers and heavy duty pliers are also available.
Great Lakes Orthodontics Ltd
Dentaurum USA, Newtown, Pa, offers Long Handled Distal End Cutters, with handles that are designed to allow easier access in the posterior region than similar cutters with shorter handles. The cutters feature the company’s “cut and hold” design. They are made from surgical-grade steel, have carbide cutting tips, and come with the company’s Premium Line Guarantee, which covers everything except sharpening or misuse.
EA Beck & Co
EA Beck & Co, Costa Mesa, Calif, offers Stubby Bird Beak Pliers, which have shorter-length beaks than standard bird beak pliers. They are for use on round wire up to .045 inches in diameter, making them useful for face bow adjustments. The pliers’ joints are assembled with pins that are machined to fit each pair of pliers, thus guaranteeing that the joint will not loosen. The company offers a lifetime guarantee against defects in material and workmanship, and it has a full-service in-house repair department.
EA Beck & Co
Ortho Technology Inc
Ortho Technology Inc, Tampa, Fla, offers PANTERA Pliers and Cutters, which feature a hand-polished, smooth, satin finish for reduced glare; an easy-to-clean surface; as well as box joints designed for continuously smooth operation. The cutting edges are manufactured from a custom-blended specialty alloy. The inserted tips will remain bright without tarnishing throughout the life of the instrument. The pliers feature a 3-year all-inclusive warranty and a lifetime warranty against forging breakage, insert debonding, and insert corrosion.
Ortho Technology Inc
Bendistal Pliers, Winchester, Mo, features Bendistal Pliers, which are designed to place permanent bends on NiTi wires with a simple squeeze, without annealing. The pliers facilitate cinching of archwires, and generate in-out and step bends. They can place intraoral v-bends in superelastic archwires to deliver light and consistent forces that can help correct simple malalignment issues. They are also useful for lingual orthodontics, where NiTi wires need to be customized into mushroom-shaped archforms.
Forestadent USA, St Louis, features the Posterior Band Remover, part of its Premier and Classic Line of stainless steel pliers. Designed to remove posterior bands, the Posterior Band Remover also has a long metal tip that rests in the center of the delran pad.
TP Orthodontics, Scottsdale, Ariz, offers Crimpable Hook pliers, which have a V-notch in the beak that assists in holding and compressing small crimpable hooks. They also feature a Never-Mar® brushed finish designed to eliminate glare and protect them against fingerprints and minor scratches.
TP Orthodontics Inc
DENTSPLY Raintree Essix
DENTSPLY Raintree Essix, Sarasota, Fla, offers its Hilliard Thermoplier® Pliers, which allow you to correct anterior crowding, orthodontic relapse, minor rotations, and close spaces—all using clear aligners. According to the company, the Hilliard Thermoplier Pliers can help orthodontists achieve movements up to 3 mm without resetting teeth in the laboratory. The pliers create a series of protrusions in a clear Essix® aligner in order to move teeth. Essix aligners can be fabricated in your office and can be adjusted in seconds. A single aligner provides up to 3 mm of movement at 1 mm per month.
DENTSPLY Raintree Essix
Precision Plier Service
Precision Plier Service, Chino, Calif, offers both orthodontic plier and dental handpiece repairs. All repairs are performed in-house.
Precision Plier Service
Hu-Friedy, Chicago, offers its Universal Cut & Hold Distal End Cutter, which features diamond-honed cutting edges and an orbit-formed joint. The blades are hand-finished to maximize cutting performance for the appropriate wire size. The smooth, tapered tip is designed to enhance patient comfort and can be used on wires up to .021 x .025 inches. All Hu-Friedy customers qualify for their first Hu-Friedy cutter sharpening for free. Sharpening must take place within the first 12 months of purchase, with proof of purchase.
Magnum Ortho, Chandler, Ariz, introduces its 2009 catalog, which features pliers, hand instruments, and Mathieus.
RMO Inc, Denver, offers its Distal End Cutter—Safety Hold—Small Beak, which shear-cuts hard wire up to .021 x .025 inches plus .026-inch round wire, with a safety hold on the loose end to prevent trimmed wire from injuring the patient. The cutter’s small-beak design allows easier access to molars for intraoral cutting. Each Schweickhardt instrument is manufactured with hardened inserts that can be sharpened or replaced. The cutters are crafted of 100% surgical stainless steel, forged, and finished by hand.
Ortho-pli, Philadelphia, offers 030-H light wire pliers with an arch former. The 030-H is a multipurpose and autoclavable instrument that can be dry-heat sterilized and prebagged for tray setups. The tip functions as light-wire pliers for forming round and rectangular wire up to 0.025, with a built-in arch former at the base of the instrument for contouring. Made from surgical stainless steel and available in either box- or lap-joint construction, the 030-H features an inserted tip.
Dentronix, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, introduces the Mini-Size Tapered Ligature Cutter, which includes all the features of the company’s full-size ligature cutter but also has a tapered tip designed to allow easy access to the posterior. The cutter has a carbide insert, cuts up to .016-inch soft wire, is available in high gloss or satin finishes, and is dry-heat sterilizable and autoclavable. Ask for catalog number E201ST when ordering and you will receive an introductory offer.
MASEL™ Enterprises, Bristol, Pa, offers the NiTi Cinch Plier within its 600/700 series premium pliers line. This specialty pliers’ innovative design cinches the wire behind the buccal tube with one squeeze after the wire is ligated—the wire does not have to be heat-treated. The pliers will not distort or anneal archwires. Their slim handles are designed for patient comfort and can help orthodontists bend distal ends in any quadrant of the mouth. The NiTi Cinch Pliers can be used with wires up to .022 x .028 inches.
Ortho Organizers, Carlsbad, Calif, offers the Miniature Pin and Ligature Cutter from the O2 Select Orthodontic Instruments product line. The cutter features sharp edges that cut all pins, soft wires, and elastics up to .016 inches/0.41 mm; smaller tungsten carbide tips designed to allow access into hard-to-reach areas; a bright finish; slim handles for small hands; and box joint hinges designed for durability and reliability.
LeoneAmerica, a division of American Tooth Industries, Avondale, Ariz, offers the Leone P1034-00 Three Jaw Plier-Round for laboratories, which was developed for bending the guide legs of two- and four-armed rapid palatal expanders. It will bend up to a .059 (1.5-mm) wire and not score the wire. The Leone Three Jaw Plier-Round can also be used for forming loops in facebows and lip bumpers.
LeoneAmerica a division of American Tooth Industries
ClassOne Orthodontics, Lubbock, Tex, offers its Ixion™ Instruments Heavy Duty Cutter, which is made from German surgical stainless steel with a satin finish. The cutter is made with a box joint designed to provide smooth action and ensure that the tips align completely. The inserted tips are made from tungsten carbide. The cutter’s minimum cutting capacity is .014 inches, and its maximum cutting capacity is up to .60 inches.