Dr. Mark Burbey, Orthodontist
- Band Removing Pliers: These pliers do exactly what their name states - remove bands. One side of the pliers has a plastic padded tip that rests on the tooth, while the other side grasps the edge of a band to remove it from a tooth. The plastic protects the tooth from any damage.
- Bird Beak Pliers: Dr. Burbey mostly uses this tool during a bend. With a flat edge on one side and a curved cone shape on the other, he is able to create precise bends in the wire to adjust your teeth to their desired alignment.
- Hemostat: The hemostat has a variety of purposes. One of the main purposes is to place elastics onto the braces. This thin instrument is able to latch onto wires as well. The bonding hemostat is used to place brackets onto the teeth due to its finer tips.
- Ligature Cutter/Wire Cutter: We place these two instruments onto each rack to cut the ligature wires off when we are tying down the wire into the brackets. One cutter has a straight edge, while the other has a beveled edge to get closer to the desired cutting area.
- Small How Pliers: This type of pliers is used to hold the wire down at certain angles and also have rounded ends for patient safety.
- Band-seating Pliers/Big How: These pliers have slightly larger, square tips used for fitting bands in the desired location and angle.
- Weingart Pliers: The weingart pliers possess serrations on the inside of each tip, guaranteeing a good grip on the wire. This tool is very useful in assisting a bent wire into place.
- Distal End Cutter: When the end of a wire gets to be too long, we can use this tool to shorten it for a more comfortable experience. The ends of this tool come together to create a close cut that is safe and easy to use.
- Mathieu: The mathieu is used to grasp and twist ligature wires to tighten the ligature wire against the wire and brackets. This creates a tight seal of the wire to the center of each bracket. This tool also has serrated tips.
- Bite Stick/Molar Band Seater: This instrument is also quite self-explanatory. Patients are asked to bite down onto it in order to place a molar band. The end has a metal tip in order to get a good grip onto the band.
- Mirror: Dr. Burbey uses the mirror to see throughout the mouth.
- Schure Band Seater: The double-ended tool is used to push down onto bands. The schure can also be used to remove excess glue.
- Double-Ended Probe/Straight Probe: The double-ended probe and straight probe are very similar. The double-ended probe has one end useful in removing elastics, while the other end is used for measuring depth and size. Dr. Burbey uses the straight probe to place brackets as well as measure.
Dr. Burbey finds that these tools are best for creating the best results in his patients. If you have any questions or concerns about anything discussed above, feel free to reach out to learn more!