Materials and Orthodonture
Date: Spring 2014
How is chemistry involved with orthodontists?
Thanks for the question. Chemistry is utilized in several areas of orthodontics. First, epoxy glues are used to set the braces into place. The glues cure (or harden) by means of a chemical reaction. Other types of dental fillers cure by a UV-light induced chemical reaction. The wire braces are often plated so that they provide a smooth surface to prevent bacterial films and corrosion. The plating process involves a redox chemical reaction.
I hope this helps.
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