Duration of elastomeric separation and effect on interproximal contact point characteristics.

@article{Davidovitch2008DurationOE,
  title={Duration of elastomeric separation and effect on interproximal contact point characteristics.},
  author={Moshe Davidovitch and Sophia Papanicolaou and Alexander Dan Vardimon and Tamar Brosh},
  journal={American journal of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics : official publication of the American Association of Orthodontists, its constituent societies, and the American Board of Orthodontics},
  year={2008},
  volume={133 3},
  pages={414-22; quiz 476.e2}
}
INTRODUCTION The common protocol of a week-long duration of elastomeric separators to facilitate band placement usually causes discomfort. In this study, we examined the minimum separation time required to create an interproximal space >0.16 mm (band thickness), the interproximal changes over 24 hours after separator removal, and the mechanical characteristics of various separators. METHODS Thirty subjects, ages 28.1 +/- 2.8 years, had an elastomeric separator placed between the mandibular… CONTINUE READING

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