OBJECTIVES: The Author studied the variability of the vestibular surfaces of tooth usually involved in orthodontic treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 200 model casts of Italian subject with complete permanent dentition have been analyzed studying the clinical crown dimension and the angulations of tangents drawn at 3 and 4 mm. RESULTS: The authors found differences in the vestibular surfaces curvature in the last teeth of each series, more accemptuated in the lower than in the upper arch. CONCLUSION: The conclusions of this study are related to the use of orthodontic straight wire appliances. The use of standard values with a complete torque, independently from the individuals, is based on the hypothesis of equal positioning on the tooth surface and related to the teeth axis. A variation in the torque of the upper central incisor for different kinds of straight wire appliance related to extreme variation of vestibular curvature is hypothesised.
Variability of the dental surface: effects on orthodontic treatment / Galluccio, Gabriella. - In: PROGRESS IN ORTHODONTICS. - ISSN 1723-7785. - 9:1(2008), pp. 18-24.