Engineering and experimental analyses of the tensile loads applied during strength testing of direct bonded orthodontic brackets

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The stress levels within the cement layer (hence, the apparent strength) of a direct bonded orthodontic bracket depends, to a large extent, on the alignment of the tensile loads that are applied to the specimen. The purpose of this analysis was to determine how the construction of a ligature wire harness affects the alignment of the applied loads. Tensile tests conducted on a modified bracket/cement system showed large variations in the force-elongation curve profiles. An engineering model was developed to explain these deviations. The results indicate that it is virtually impossible to evenly apply tensile loads to the bracket. It was also proposed that long harnesses constructed with thin ligature wire, prestressing the harness, and lubrication may reduce some of the effects of unavoidable load-bracket misalignment. (AM J ORTHOD DENTOFAC ORTHOP 1994;106:167-74)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-174
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthodontics

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