Force Systems from Orthodontic Appliances: An Analytical and Experimental Comparison

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H. A. Koenig

Mechanical Engineering and Orthodontics, The University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn. 06268

R. Vanderby

Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute

D. J. Solonche

University of Connecticut Health Center, The University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn. 06268

C. J. Burstone

Department of Orthodontics, The University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn. 06268

J Biomech Eng 102(4), 294-300 (Nov 01, 1980) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3138226 History: Received October 16, 1979; Revised July 24, 1980; Online June 15, 2009


Experimental data is compared with the simulated displacements from a computer program for the clinical activations of two separate orthodontic appliances undergoing a total of four separate loading conditions. Good agreement is shown over the entire range of activation. Suggestions for future strengthening of both the analytical and the experimental methods are given. An interactive design graphics system is shown to be imminently available to the research orthodontist.

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