The aim of the course is to provide a thorough, concise, independent from the industry, and clinically-oriented guide to the application of materials in Orthodontics, targeting the practicing clinician who has a limited spectrum of knowledge in the ﬁeld and wishes to comprehend the mechanisms and effects underlying their use.
The course reviews the applications of biomaterials and their effects on the enamel preparation, bonding, bracket and archwire ligation, mechanotherapy, 3D-printed brackets and aligners, debonding, and long-term enamel structural, color and surface effects, aligners and fixed retainer bonding, and is structured around 3 axes:
- Review of the mechanisms accompanying the bonding of appliances or application of aligners to the dental arch;
- A guide on how to critically review the information available in the literature on topics related to materials applications (bonding, mechanotherapy, debonding, aligners);
- Hands-on training on analytical instrumentation applied onto hard tissue and materials specimens, which extends from molecular analysis (Raman spectroscopy), imaging, and mechanical testing (hardness, modulus, strength).
A guided workflow of designing aligners and polymeric and ceramic brackets and 3D-printing them will also be presented and participants will have a hands-on course on 3D-printing of orthodontic appliances.