ABSTRACT: Contemporary orthodontics relies on various bonded attachments, archwires, and other devices to achieve tooth movement. These components are composed of varying materials with their own distinctive physical and mechanical properties. The demands made on them are complex because they are placed under many stresses in the oral environment. These include immersion in saliva and ingested fluids, temperature fluctuations, and masticatory and appliance loading. The combination of these materials in close proximity and in hostile conditions can result in corrosion. Our purpose in this article was to consider the literature to date with regard to potential mechanical, clinical, and health implications of orthodontic corrosion.
American journal of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics: official publication of the American Association of Orthodontists, its constituent societies, and the American Board of Orthodontics 05/2008; 133(4):584-92. · 1.33 Impact Factor