Edition V17N04 | Year 2018 | Editorial Case Report | Pages 71 to 79
Introduction: The use of self-ligation brackets and thermoactivated wires has shown a significant increase in the current Orthodontics. It is necessary to observe some criteria for better use of these innovations. The stops are small accessories made of stainless steel, to prevent or direct the movement of the wires mainly in the initial phase of the treatment. Objectives: This article aims to report in a simple and illustrative way, the static and dynamic use of stops with the following purposes: preventing injuries, aiding tooth movement and increasing the orthodontic appliance activations. Methods: In this work, there will be cited nine ways of using stops, for maintaining the prosthetic spaces and correcting deviations of midline and dental protrusions. Conclusion: The use of stops in the self-ligation system has a relevant importance, since it directs some movements at the beginning of the treatment, facilitating the work in other phases and assisting in a more efficient way the dental movement, optimizing the mechanics of orthodontic treatment.