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Title: Scanning electron microscopic investigation of ceramic orthodontic brackets
Authors: McDonald, F.
Toms, A.P.
Keywords: Microscopic
Issue Date: Sep-1990
Publisher: Saudi Dental Society
Citation: Saudi Dental Journal: 2(3); 96-100
Abstract: Ceramic brackets were introduced to overcome the esthetic disadvantages of stainless steel brackets. The clinical impression of these brackets is very favorable. However, the sliding mechanics used in the Straightwire (“A” Company, San Diego, CA, USA) system appear to produce slower tooth movements with ceramic compared to stainless steel brackets. To determine whether this was due to any obvious mechanical problem in the bracket slot, Transcend (Unitek Corporation/3M, Monrovia, CA, USA) ceramic brackets were examined by a scanning electron microscope and compared to stainless steel brackets. Consistently, large surface defects were found in the ceramic bracket slots that were not present in the metal bracket slots. These irregularities could obviously hinder the sliding mechanics of the bracket slot-archwire system and create a greater demand on anchorage. Conversely, the fitting surface of the Transcend ceramic bracket showed extremely smooth surface characteristics, and it would seem advisable for the manufacturers to incorporate this surface within the bracket slot.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/7156
ISSN: 1013-9052
Appears in Collections:Saudi Dental Society

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