Straightwire Simplified

Ins and Outs of Orthos

Orthos is derived from computer-aided anatomical analysis of hundreds of orthodontic cases and is the first computer-engineered coordinated system of brackets and wires. The precision bracket geometries and a coordinated arch form are designed to eliminate the common challenges of everyday treatment, reducing the need for compensating wire bends and delivering quality results from crown to root tip.

Progressive distal root tip: Non-Orthos Appliance

Progressive distal root tip: Orthos Bracket/Wire System

Progressive distal root tip for ideal root alignment.

Improved cuspid-to-lateral and bicuspid-to-molar transitions

Improved cuspid-to-lateral and bicuspid-to-molar transitions eliminate the need for common firstorder bends.

Low-profile lower anterior brackets with compensated-slot cuspids and a coordinated arch form

Low-profile lower anterior brackets with compensated-slot cuspids and a coordinated arch form for reduced occlusal interference and greater patient comfort.

Coordinated Archwire System

The bio-engineered geometries of the Orthos appliance are designed to work specifically with the industry’s first coordinated archwire system. Although the arch form may seem unorthodox, it reflects programmed compensations like low-profile anteriors, tooth-specific in/outs, and improved molar torque. The combination delivers finishing precision heralded by the world’s most demanding clinicians. The Orthos arch form comes in a full complement of sizes, alloys and configurations to treat all your cases effectively and efficiently from start to precision finish.

Coordinated Archwire System

Orthos Bracket/Wire System achieves a smooth coordinated arch form

Orthos* Marking System

  • All brackets are color-coded by quadrant.
    • Upper right—Blue
    • Upper left—Black
    • Lower right—Red
    • Lower left—Yellow
  • The dimple or paint mark is on the distogingival tie-wing unless otherwise noted.
  • Upper and lower 2nd bicuspids have dimples/paint on both gingival tie-wings.
  • Upper centrals are wider than upper laterals.
  • The lower laterals, cuspids and bicuspids also feature a scribe line on the occlusal tie-wing.
  • Because of the specificity of the Orthos appliance, there are no universal brackets.
  • Orthos lower laterals with CIS have a permanent I.D. dot on the distogingival tie-wing, with the appropriate color.

Orthos* Marking System

To achieve the proper expression of the Orthos appliance, all brackets should be placed at the following heights (based on the average patient):

Maxillary Mandibular
Central 4.4 mm 3.9 mm
Lateral 3.8 mm 3.9 mm
Cuspid 4.4 mm 4.6 mm
1st Bicuspid 4.1 mm 3.9 mm
2nd Bicuspid 3.6 mm 3.9 mm

* Distributed in Europe as Ortho-CIS.