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Modification of a Cheek Retractor for High-Volume Evacuation

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).
Fig. AB
Fig. C

DR. ROOPAK D. NAIK BDS, MDS

DR. ROOPAK D.  NAIK BDS, MDS
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics, SDM College of Dental Sciences, Sattur, Dharwad 580009, India

DR. HARSHAVARDHAN KIDIYOOR BDS, MDS

DR. HARSHAVARDHAN  KIDIYOOR BDS, MDS
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics, SDM College of Dental Sciences, Sattur, Dharwad 580009, India

DR. AMEET V. REVANKAR BDS, MDS

DR. AMEET V.  REVANKAR BDS, MDS
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics, SDM College of Dental Sciences, Sattur, Dharwad 580009, India; drameet@orthodontist.net.

DR. SANJAY V. GANESHKAR BDS, MDS, MDO RCPS

DR. SANJAY V.  GANESHKAR BDS, MDS, MDO RCPS
Professor and Head, Department of Orthodontics, SDM College of Dental Sciences, Sattur, Dharwad 580009, India

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