Nederlands tijdschrift voor tandheelkunde vol:107 issue:4 pages:155-9
The Edgewise system and the Begg technique were until the early 1970's two of the most familiar and well-known fixed appliance techniques in orthodontics. During the following years they both underwent some slight adaptations that were generally based on more straightforward biomechanics. These changes have led to what in recent years is called the 'Straight Wire technique'. The latter claims to be the treatment option of choice based on preadjusted appliances and preformed arch wires. Besides biomechanics, treatment tools also concentrated on esthetics. It resulted in the development of smaller brackets as well as tooth coloured ones made from polycarbonates or ceramics. Finally lingual orthodontics starts to play a more important role in the orthodontic treatment options for the new millennium.