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PEARLS Modification of a Cheek Retractor for High-Volume Evacuation

VOLUME 43 : NUMBER 10 : PAGES (664) 2009

ROOPAK D. NAIK, BDS, MDS

HARSHAVARDHAN KIDIYOOR, BDS, MDS

AMEET V. REVANKAR, BDS, MDS

SANJAY V. GANESHKAR, BDS, MDS, MDO RCPS

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Simultaneous cheek retraction and high-volume evacuation are desirable for many moisture-sensitive tasks such as bracket bonding, but generally require a chairside assistant. We have modified a standard cheek retractor to simplify this procedure.

Bend two segments of .036" stainless steel wire so that each wire has a 10-12mm-diameter helix at one end and several retentive tags at the other (Fig. A).

Using a chemically cured bisGMA resin with the sprinkle-on technique, affix one of the wires to each side of the retractor (Fig. B).

The modified cheek retractor can now be used in conjunction with high-volume evacuation to ensure a moisture-free field during bonding, with less need for chairside assistance (Fig. C).
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