The ribbon arch had great popularity and utility early in the 20th century, but lost its appeal
as edgewise techniques developed. Some clinicians have made attempts to revive the procedure,
but they have relied upon costly changes in bracket and band inventories and have
not yet received extensive endorsement. A newer approach that relies only upon the use of
newly developed titanium and stainless steel ribbon archwires offers orthodontists a simplified
and inexpensive method for assimilating this helpful method. Such wires allow orthodontists
to create an integrative therapeutic protocol that combines much of the alignment,
leveling, and torque control in a single wire. World J Orthod 2004;5:147–151.