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The wire simply snaps in to the mini-clips on the sides of the SmartClip brackets. The jaws can be wired apart to any degree of apartness that the provider and patient agree is comfortable. In these  photos the the model's upper and lower teeth are touching. THIS IS NOT HOW THE  JAWS ARE WIRED IN OJW. The jaws are placed in "Rothstein's OJW position of rest"... about this much // apart. Apartness can be extended to / / or even more for patient comfort. SEE PHOTO BELOW.

This photo demonstrates the use of the elastic hooks to wire the jaws apart pari passu with orthodontic treatment. (Here using .014" dead soft OJW). As a result of the extent of the vertical reach of the elastic hooks the jaw wiring, you will note a considerable increase in the amount of opening allowed.
September 22, 2007
Dr. Ted Rothstein
35 Remsen St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718 852 1551                     
  Close up "Fig 8 pattern"  using .018" dead-soft  for easy visualization.

May 15, 2008

May 15, 2008
Model demonstrates how OJW can be accomplished using the "parallelogram" wiring method:  I have proposed to  3MUnitek R and D department Maker of SmartClip (Technical Director Jim Hansen) the idea that preformed uninterrupted/continuous loops of wire in various sizes for ex. 50mm,  55mm and 60mm in dead-soft wire (012" 014" ?016"/poly-filament (clear) could eliminated tying the knot in front and facilitate placement by the doctor or when the patient is permitted/encouraged to place it themselves. On May 19, 2008, John Sweitzer of G and H Wire and a rep from Rocky Mountain orthodontic (the folks who produce/sell the deadsoft wire were asked to look at this idea.