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Biomaterial testing in contemporary orthodontics: Scope, protocol and testing apparatus

Published:December 23, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1053/j.sodo.2022.12.011

      Highlights of the paper

      • The present article provides a new-age take on the various facilities available for orthodontic material testing.
      • It highlights the abundant scope of research that can be carried out in orthodontics with the help of an adjunct biomedical lab testing center.
      • It provides an immediate point-of comparison reference between two testing techniques which can help elevate present available evidence.

      Abstract

      The field of biomaterials has evolved significantly to include a wide spectrum of various disciplines which include biological and bioengineering sciences. Orthodontic applications as well as growing advances in digital dentistry has expanded the envelope of biomimetic requirements necessitating the need of new approaches in material testing. Efficient exchange of information and experience on material characterization along with application of novel approaches in assessing biological properties are some of the recent advents in material testing. Clinical trials on the performances of materials, orthodontically-induced surface alterations, tissue mechanics and polymer/resin properties are some of the rapidly developing trends in orthodontic biomaterial research. It is the need of the hour to provide the contemporary clinician with as much relevant evidence that can be garnered with the help of biomedical engineering in a research-adjunct manner.
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