One of the most common areas of ceramic bracket fracture is within the tie-wing complex. When an archwire is ligated into position, tensile forces are placed under the tie wing. However, no study, to date, has focused specifically on the fracture resistance of the tie-wing complex. The aim of this study is to compare the tensile fracture strength of seven currently available ceramic brackets (Inspire, Fascination, Mystique, InVu, Clarity, Virage, and Luxi) as a function of bracket brand and bracket configuration, semitwin vs true-twin. Based on a power analysis of pilot data, 10 maxillary central incisor brackets per group were tested to failure with a tensile load placed directly under the distoincisal tie wing. The results ranged from a maximum mean fracture strength of 147.71 (5.87) MPa with Fascination brackets to a minimum mean fracture strength of 84.28 (7.01) MPa with Luxi brackets. The statistical analysis indicated a significant effect on fracture strength as a function of bracket brand (P < .05) and that semitwin brackets, Fascination, Mystique, and Virage, had significantly higher fracture strength than true-twin brackets, Clarity, InVu, and Luxi (P < .05). Interestingly, the only monocrystalline bracket in the study, Inspire, could not be fractured using the investigation protocol. In fact, the steel ligature fixture wire would break before tie-wing fracture at a mean fixture failure of 198.65 MPa.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2005|
- Ceramic brackets
- Fracture resistance
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