Polymer materials for orthodontic use: an update on the properties and critical issues

Polymer materials for orthodontic use: an update on the properties and critical issues

Fabiana Nicita, Luigi Donato, Concetta Scimone, Simona Alibrandi, Domenico Mordà, Alessandra Costa, Rosalia D’angelo, Antonina Sidoti


Nowadays, invisible orthodontics with clear aligners represents the type of treatment of first choice for patients who need to correct malocclusions and dental crowding. The strong point of this invisible treatment is represented precisely by the high aesthetics thanks to the optical properties of the thermoplastic materials used to manufacture the aligners. The purpose of this short review is to update clinicians to help them choose the most appropriate type of material for their treatment needs, based on new scientific research in the literature. It is necessary that other investigations are carried out to search for the most performing thermoplastic material for the orthodontic movement determined by the clear aligners.

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