Edition V21N03 | Year 2016 | Editorial Orthodontics Highlights | Pages 15 to 17
Despite the advances in Orthodontics regarding orthodontic brackets, wire bends are essential to obtain an excellent occlusion. When bending wires, it is necessary to mark them. The available options are pencil marker for overhead projector (fades out in contact with saliva), individual markers or orthodontic dermatograph pencils. When a dermatograph pencil is chosen, the question of how to disinfect it between each use arises. Pursuing an answer to this question, Iranian researchers have developed a study1 which evaluated autoclave, glutaraldehyde and a disinfectant agent (DeconexTM) as pencil decontaminators. The rationale for conducting this study is relevant, given the need to avoid crossinfection during orthodontic treatment. The results of this study showed that the best methods for disinfection were autoclave or the use of 2% glutaraldehyde for 30 minutes. The results from this study should be extrapolated to our daily clinical practice, so as to avoid infection to be transmitted among patients.