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Synonyms and keywords: Air Rotor Stripping, ARS


Despite of its application difficulties in adult population air-rotor stripping (ARS) is a commonly used method to alleviate crowding in the permanent dentition. [1] [2] [3] Stripping can be performed using numerous kinds of rotating instruments, as diamond burs, diamond coated discs and polishing discs.[4] [5] [6]

Historical Background

Air Rotor Stripping (ARS) is described in 1985 by Sheridan, and based on reduction of mesio−distal interproximal surfaces of posterior teeth to provide required amount of space in dental arch.


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  1. Sheridan J. Air-rotor stripping. Journal of Clinical Orthodontics 1985; 19:43-59.
  2. Sheridan J. Air-rotor stripping update. Journal of Clinical Orthodontics 1987; 21:781-788.
  3. Sheridan J. The physiological rationale for air-rotor stripping. Journal of Clinical Orthodontics 1997; 31:609-612.
  4. Zhong M. et al.: Clinical evaluation of a new technique for interdental enamel reduction. J. Orofac. Orthop. 2000, 61, 432–439.
  5. Hein C., Jost−Brinkemann P. G., Schillai G.: Oberflachenbeschaffenheit des Schmelzes nach approximalem Beschleifen− Rasterelektronenmikroskopische Beurteilung unterschiedlicher Polierverfahren. Fortschr. Kieferorthop. 1990, 51, 327–335.
  6. Carter R. N.: Reproximation and recontouring made simple. J. Clin. Orthod. 1989, 23, 636–637.

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