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Designed to provide both aesthetics and durability, the new ClearBow is an adjustable labial bow offering 2.75 mm of full labial contact. ClearBow features a patented design and is fabricated from food-grade materials made in the United States and manufactured in Canada. The BPA-free plastic strap is guaranteed not to break under normal use, and is not damaged by boiling water or stained by coffee, cola or red wine.
Have you used other aesthetic labial bows?
We understand that you may be reluctant to trying the ClearBow. Other aesthetic labial bows are not 3 prong adjustable and may have caused you disappointment because of their breakage issues, lack of tooth contact or cost.
The ClearBow has been extensively tested to ensure its durability and effectiveness. Over the last 4 years our sister company manufactured more than 5000 orthodontic appliances with the ClearBow and no breakages have been reported.
3 prong adjustable
The ClearBow can be adjusted with 3 prong pliers the same way a doctor would adjust a steel labial bow.
The ClearBow is aesthetically pleasing, encouraging patients to wear their retainer and show everyone their beautiful teeth without feeling self-conscious about outward appearances.
Guaranteed not to break
The Coiltight-Joints™ can withstand a combined static weight of 55 lbs and the plastic strap is virtually indestructible. That’s why we can guaranty the plastic strap of the ClearBow assembly not to break or detach from the Coiltight-Joints™ when the orthodontic retainer is used according to the doctor’s instructions.
Free from BPA
PWG Orthodontic Specialties LTD. values the health and safety of patients undergoing their retentive phase of orthodontic treatment, which is why the ClearBow is manufactured using high quality food grade materials without any BPA (Bysphenol A), a chemical that is banned in Canada and deemed potentially harmful to health.
2.75 mm of full labial contact
The ClearBow is anatomically designed at 2.75 mm (.11″) wide with a concave structure that provides patients with optimum tooth contact for superior tooth retention. This is very beneficial for patients who had severally rotated teeth prior to orthodontic treatment.
Unaffected by boiling water
The ClearBow (Not the orthodontic appliance) is resistant to temperatures of up to 250° Fahrenheit. Patients can enjoy their favorite hot beverage without the need to first remove their ClearBow retainer.
Gentle on tooth enamel, veneered teeth and restorations
When metallic compounds interact with dental plaque over a long period of time, they can stain a small portion of the enamel. Because the thermoplastic strap of the ClearBow assembly does not contain any metallic compounds and is softer than stainless steel, it does not stain or scratch tooth enamel, restorations or veneered teeth.
Virtually resistant to stains
Beverages like coffee, cola, red wine, cranberry juice will not stain the ClearBow. Click the button below to view cleaning instructions.
The ClearBow is easily adapted in only 3-4 simple steps:
1. Select correct size ClearBow.
2. Make adjustment loops.
3. Solder the ClearBow onto clasps or wrap around wires.
4. Thermoform ClearBow.
The ClearBow is unaffected by boiling water, resin monomers, high density alcohol and acids used in commercial orthodontic labs.
Virtually unbreakable ClearBow
3 prong adjustable ClearBow
Strength of the Coiltight-Joints
ClearBow video #9: (Adapting the ClearBow on Flared out Anteriors)
ClearBow appliance designs
ClearBow Stab Wire
Testimonials for ClearBow retainer
I have been using the “Clear Bow” for all my final retainers since it was introduced. I never had to send one for repair. Contrary to the metal labial bows I used previously, there are no solder joints that could break or staining of the teeth. Also, I get more tooth contact labialy, which increase the stability. It is easy to adjust and I can make small bends if I need it. The patients love it for it’s esthetic “WOW factor” and compliance is 100%. I was one of the 1st orthodontist to use it and was practically branding my practice with it…unfortunately for me, the word has spread and I won’t have the exclusivity on this wonderful product anymore! I thank the developers of “Clear Bow” for helping me keep a smile on my patients everyday.
Dr. Sonya Lacoursiere, Orthodontist
I have been using the ClearBow Hawley for approximately a year now in a private practice setting. Having completed my Masters thesis in Efficacy of Retention Types Post-Orthodontic Treatment at the University of Connecticut, I have extensive experience in this particular field. Having read most of the published studies dealing with retainers, one of the benefits of the standard Hawley retainer is that it allows settling of the teeth. However, patients don’t like wearing a retainer full-time if it has a wire that is visible. Compliance is better with clear vacuum formed retainers, for that reason. Unfortunately, not only do the clear vacuum formed retainer prevent settling of the teeth, but the lifespan is also shorter because the material tends to crack with wear. The ClearBow Hawley combines the benefit of settling of occlusion with better patient compliance and durability. I’m extremely pleased to recommend this appliance as an alternative to other retainer types.
Dr. Monica Dosanjh, Orthodontist
I’ve been using the ClearBow for over 3 years and I haven’t had any breakage problems. The ClearBow’s wider profile greatly improves tooth stability and retention of the appliance. The ClearBow’s aesthetics and tooth comfort make it very easy to achieve patient compliance, yielding superior long-term results that patients can smile about.
Dr. Mark Luden, Orthodontist
I have known Paul Griffiths over 30 years. He has been my exclusive laboratory technician as his work, his honesty and his dependability is beyond reproach. He has now carefully developed ClearBow to replace the metal labial bow. ClearBow can be manipulated as needed and works as well as a metal bow. My patients love this product.
Dr Marvin Steinberg, B.Sc., D.D.S., M.Sc.D., F.R.C.D.(C), F.A.C.D., F.I.C.D., F.A.D.I.
Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
Côte Saint-Luc, Québec
My patients just love having a retainer with a ClearBow labial bow.
Patients are very comfortable wearing their retainer while at school or work because it is nearly invisible. The ClearBow retainer is an excellent appliance. I really like the tooth contact against the flat surface. It is far superior than using a round wire and there is no metal discolouration when used with anterior porcelain restorations.
Dr. Richard Rapoport, Dental Surgeon
Mastership Academy of General Dentistry
Associate Fellow American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Fellow International Congress of Oral Implantologists
Fellow of the Misch International Implant Institute
All of my patients absolutely adore their Clearbow retainers. They find them very aesthetic and comfortable. They claim that no one can really tell that they have an appliance in their mouth. This means that they will actually wear their retainers! I have been offering this appliance to most of my patients for quite a while now. I am extremely pleased with the fit and adaptation of the Clearbow retainer. I would highly recommend offering this choice of retention appliance to your patients.
Dr. Madeleine Shildkraut, Orthodontist
All the Clearbow retainers I have used have fit perfectly. Our patients are thrilled. I have had absolutely no problems.
Dr. Sidney Konigsberg, Orthodontist
We guaranty the plastic strap on the ClearBow assembly not to break or detach from the wires supporting it onto the orthodontic appliance when:
• The orthodontic appliance is used under normal conditions specified by the doctor.
• The ClearBow is adapted according to instructions from PWG Orthodontic Specialties Ltd.
• The ClearBow is not deliberately mishandled.
The materials used in the manufacture of the ClearBow are: food grade polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and stainless steel grade 316. Both materials are manufactured only in the USA.
ClearBows are on sale for $8.71 USD and are sold factory-direct from PWG Orthodontic Specialties Ltd. http://www.pwgortho.com
Yes, the ClearBow can be adjusted with pliers in the same way you would adjust a conventional steel wire.
The ClearBow is made in Canada.
The ClearBow does not contain any BPA.
There are 8 different sizes ClearBows available for extraction and non extraction cases.
Below are a few oral appliance cleaners that we’ve tested over a 5 month period on orthodontic appliances made with the ClearBow. These products did not affect the ClearBow or solder joints. Please note, It is recommended to use a cotton swab when cleaning the ClearBow.
Retainer Splash™: http://www.retainersplash.com
Polident® Retainer Cleaner tablets: http://www.mypolicare.com
Polident® Fresh Cleanse Foaming Antibacterial Denture Cleanser: http://www.mypolicare.com
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