SPEED Users Guide

BLUE 4 - 1 BLACK 1 - 4 YELLOW 7 - 1 RED 1 - 7 GREEN 7 - 6 WHITE 6 - 7 ORANGE 5 VIOLET 5 SPEED IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM The SPEED Identification System relies on a series of characteristics that enable the clinician to differentiate between SPEED brackets. The characteristics are color code, pad size and shape, and stand-off (i.e. In-outs). Each step in the identification process along with the differentiating characteristics is briefly explained below. STEP 1 - COLOR CODE The first step in identifying SPEED attachments is to use the color code to determine which tooth or quadrant the attachment belongs to. Four colors distinguish the quadrants while Upper Second Bicuspid attachments can be identified by color code alone. Two colours distinguish the upper molars. 31 Example Lower Left Canine Bracket 1. Color Code - Red 2. Pad - Large Rectangular 3. No Stand-off Example Upper Left Lateral Incisor Bracket 1. Color Code - Black 2. Pad - Small Rectangular 3. Stand-off STEP 3 - STAND-OFF (IN-OUTS) The third step in identifying SPEED attachments is to use the presence and shape of, or absence of, the in-out adaptors to identify the remaining brackets. This final differentiation can be accomplished by viewing the bracket from the occlusal and comparing the shape of the stand-off with those shown on the chart. Pad Shapes SMALL LARGE SHIELD STEP 2 - PAD SHAPE AND SIZE The second step in identifying SPEED attachments is to use the pad shape to further distinguish the attachment. The upper centrals and laterals have small pads while the lower centrals and laterals have shield-shaped pads. All remaining brackets, cuspids through to molars in all quadrants, have larger rectangular-shaped pads. Lower second bicuspid pads are easily distinguishable by their extra-long pad extension toward the occlusal.

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