Contemporary orthodontics: the micro-screw

Br Dent J. 2013 Apr;214(8):403-8. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2013.376.


Micro-screws (MSs) have gained rapid popularity among orthodontic specialists over the past decade. Subsequently, as general dental practitioners (GDPs) continue to provide general care for patients undergoing orthodontic treatment they are likely to encounter MSs. This article is aimed at GDPs and provides an overview of MS design, placement, removal and safety. Two examples of treated cases will also be used to demonstrate the use of MSs in contemporary orthodontic practice.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Alveolar Process / diagnostic imaging
  • Alveolar Process / surgery
  • Bone Screws* / adverse effects
  • Bone Screws* / classification
  • Dental Arch / diagnostic imaging
  • Dental Arch / surgery
  • Equipment Safety
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent
  • Male
  • Malocclusion, Angle Class I / therapy
  • Malocclusion, Angle Class II / therapy
  • Miniaturization
  • Orthodontic Anchorage Procedures / adverse effects
  • Orthodontic Anchorage Procedures / instrumentation*
  • Orthodontic Appliance Design
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Radiography, Bitewing
  • Tooth Movement Techniques / instrumentation
  • Tooth, Impacted / therapy
  • Young Adult