Original Date: 03/16/1998
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : SPEED Systemô Orthodontics
Strite provides engineering and prototyping services to the scientific and research communities. The SPEED System™ orthodontic brackets, developed by Dr. G. Herbert Hanson (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) in collaboration with Strite, are respected throughout the world as a superior orthodontic appliance. Shown in Figure 3-1, the SPEED appliance features a miniaturized, self-ligating design and uses resilient spring clips to replace ligatures. The spring clips entrap the arch wire with an easy closing mechanism that will not release prematurely; easily open without any special instruments; and eliminate the risk of ligature wounds. The SPEED System™ delivers an extremely light, corrective force that moves the teeth in a continual manner, reducing pain and shortening the total treatment time. The system’s self-ligation typically reduces orthodontic visits by five to seven minutes.
Strite’s expertise in precision machining and manufacturing enabled the company to successfully produce the SPEED System™. The size of the bracket and the attachment of the hooks to the bracket created the most difficult problems for mass production. Strite developed innovative design and manufacturing processes needed to mass produce the SPEED brackets, and devised a specially-designed, automated brazing system for attaching the hooks.
Figure 3-1. The SPEED Appliance
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