Orthodontic Materials: Scientific and Clinical Aspects


WilliamA.Brantley, Ph.D, Professor, Section of Restorative Dentistry, Prosthodontics and Endodontics, Director, Graduate Program in Dental Materials Science, College of Dentistry, Ohio State University;

Theodore Eliades, DDS, MD, Doctoral Dellow, Biomaterials Science Unit, Turner Dental School, University of Manchester

Book Description

In this important new textbook all scientific and clinical aspects of orthodontic materials are described.

Recent developments in science and technology have led to the introduction of a plethora of new orthodontic products. This work serves as an excellent source of information for a field that requires knowledge of basic elements of materials science, engineering, chemistry, and physics, as well as clinical orthodontics. The subject has been part of graduate orthodontic education for almost three decades. Besides servicing the orthodontic training programs, the book also

– investigates the interactions of orthodontic materials with other dental materials as well as hard tissues in the oral cavity,

– gives a background to allow for proper material selection for efficient orthodontic mechanics,

– treats the issues of biocompatibility, cytotoxicity and mutagenicity of materials.

Editorial Reviews


“The first time that the scientific and clinical aspects of the vast array of orthodontic materials have been incorporated into a single textbook..The authors and 16 contributing experts are to be congratulated on producing a book the scope of which provides excellent background for researchers.” –American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics”Impressive…bridges the gap between basic scientific theory and clinical application…abundant high-quality illustrations…any private practitioner would not only benefit from the book, but would enjoy just flipping through it.” –Journal of Clinical Orthodontics”A wealth of information…a very readable and well-crafted textbook. It fills a gap in the orthodontic literature and will be of great value to all practicing orthodontists, as well as those involved in laboratory-based research related to orthodontic materials.” –Dental Update”The editors have managed to successfully combine the science of orthodontic materials with helpful information in relation to their clinical usage…well illustrated…essential reading for orthodontic postgraduate students and for their supervisors.” –Journal of Orthodontics”Provides a thorough and detailed examination of many subjects related to orthodontic materials…provides extensive reviews of a wide range of topics…the orthodontist will gain a great deal from this book…an excellent reference…invaluable.” –Australian Orthodontic Journal

“The first chapter is a concise review of terms and basic structures…graduate students will appreciate the discussions…of significant interest to practicing orthodontists…concise summations…” –Montgomery-Bucks Dental Society Bulletin

Customer Reviews

Great book, but a bit overly technical, December 24, 2009

The field of orthodontic materials is ever evolving, yet many of us in orthodontics do not understand the fundamentals behind the different materials in the archwires and brackets we use.

To utilize our materials to their fullest potential, we need to have a basic understanding of the material properties. This book provides a good explanation, and so much more. It chronicles the development of materials and tries to explain their behaviour on a technical level. While the authors have a section on clinical aspects or clinical application of the materials, it would have been better if this were applied immediately after each technical section. The text and concepts could also have been simplified with simple explanations or diagrams to facilitate understanding, of what would otherwise be an extremely challenging topic to understand.

I have no doubt that the authors are masters of their fields, especially in materials research and engineering, but it would be helpful to simplify or “dumb down” the text a little, especially if it’s supposed to cater to the “layman” clinician-orthodontic crowd.

I highly recommend this for orthodontic postgraduate students, and supervisors too, plus any orthodontist who wants to know more about what they are putting into their patients’ mouths.


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