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Bird beak pliers are important in orthodontics for wire bending techniques. They are crucial in all wire bending procedures since most of the orthodontic treatment comprises working around wires.

The bird beak pliers are so important as they make the wire bending smooth and easy.

They are multipurpose in nature and are best suited for adjusting retainers. They also work well in case of bending the wire at different positions.

Many of the instruments used for orthodontic treatment are unique to the discipline of orthodontics and are used in different instances.  

Knowledge of these instruments and their uses is important for all dental students before commencing orthodontic treatment on patients.

Description of Bird Beak Pliers

The distinctive features are as follows:

  1. They are versatile pliers for orthodontic heavy wire bending.
  2. The round and pyramid beaks are designed in such a way that they remain smooth to prevent wire scoring.
  3. They can also be used to form springs in some procedures.
  4. Tip sizes are .035” round and square.
  5. The ergonomic design provides a consistent feel from one instrument to the next.
  6. The pliers are manufactured in such a way that they are strong enough to withstand the forces applied.
  7. Their design helps in making them have precise tolerances for accurate control at all times
  8. The high quality stainless-steel used makes them highly resistant to corrosion without chrome plating – no risk of plating peeling off.
  9. They are easy to handle – all standard sterilization procedures are applicable.
  10. They maintain their integrity through multiple sterilizations and can be used for a longer duration of time.
  11. The pliers are easy to handle and provide a smooth grip. The smooth contours provide fine cutting and bending.
  12. They are available within a reasonable range and aren’t heavy on the pocket.
  13. Some features include beveled working edges to prevent scoring or nicking of wire, non-slip grip and varied tip options. 
  14. Bird beak orthodontic pliers should be constructed of high-grade stainless steel and be corrosion resistant, heat-treated and fully autoclavable.

Types of Bird Beak Pliers

They are of different types and are available in a variety of designs.

Light Wire Bird Beak Pliers

Similar to 900-709 pliers however, beaks are more gradually tapered to bend small diameter loops.
Maximum wire size: .016 in diameter.

  • Composition: Stainless Steel
  • Sterilization: Autoclavable
  • Corrosion Resistance: Yes

Master line Bird Beak Plier

Features a “cone” shaped .025 beak, opposed by a “pyramid” shaped beak. Tips are angled at 9° to allow for wire spring back.

  • Maximum wire size: .30 diameter.
  • Composition: Stainless Steel
  • Sterilization: Autoclavable / Chemical
  • Corrosion Resistance: Yes

Bird Beak Plier with TC Tips
Popular and versatile utility plier for working round wire up to .030 in diameter. Tips are designed to prevent scoring.

Ixion Bird Beak Plier
They work well with round wire up to .028” (.71mm). The round beak is precision ground to a perfect cone – .025” at the tip. The pyramid beak is exactly .025” wide at the tip.



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