Effect of soft drinks on the physical and chemical features of nickel-titanium-based orthodontic wires

Article (PDF Available)inActa odontologica Scandinavica 70(1):49-55 · April 2011with308 Reads
DOI: 10.3109/00016357.2011.575083 · Source: PubMed
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of three popular soft drinks on the Young's modulus, hardness, surface topography and chemical composition of widely used nickel-titanium-based orthodontic wires. Thirty-two specimens (20 mm in length) were cut from the straight portion of pre-formed 0.019 × 0.025 inch Nitinol Heat-Activated archwires and randomly divided into four groups of eight specimens each: Group A1 (Coca Cola(®) regular); Group A2 (Santal(®) orange juice); Group A3 (Gatorade(®)); Group B (distilled, deionized water; dH(2)O). Each specimen was immersed in 10 ml of one of the soft drinks or dH(2)O, control, for 60 min, at 37°C. At the end of the soaking time, the Young's modulus and hardness were determined using a nanoindenter. Scanning Electron Microscope-Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) was used to characterize the effects on the topography and chemical composition of the wires. No statistically significant differences were found between the groups either in the Young's modulus or in hardness after the selected soaking protocol. Besides some surface colour changes, the topography and the chemical composition of the wires were not affected by the immersion in any of the chosen soft drinks. These in-vitro results suggest that the consumption of soft drinks cannot be acknowledged as one possible reason for the degradation of the physical and chemical properties of heat activated nickel titanium orthodontic wires in patients undergoing fixed orthodontic treatment.


    • "The aforementioned comments explain that the estimation of reliable values for E IT requires stress-free samples. This might be also the explanation that the results of previous studies with nano-indentation although demonstrated closer results to nominal values of orthodontic alloys for SS (150 ~ 229 GPa [3, 7]), Ni-Ti (60 ~ 69 GPa [9, 7, 3]) and TMA alloys (68 [3] GPa) failed to match with the tensile results when the same alloy is tested by both methods [3]. The necessity for stress-free samples is not clearly presented as a prerequisite for the proper estimation of modulus in relevant documents, and thus, researcher must be aware of this limitation to avoid the presentation of fault and misleading data. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was the characterization of mechanical properties of representative types of orthodontic wires employing instrumented indentation testing (IIT) according to ISO 14577. Segments were cut from ten wires. The first six are made of stainless steel (SS), two are made of Ni-Ti, and the last two are made of titanium molybdenum alloys (TMA). Then, the Martens hardness (HM), the Vickers hardness (HVIT) based on indentation hardness (H IT), the indentation modulus (E IT), the ratio of elastic to total work (η IT), and the traditional Vickers hardness (HV1) were measured by IIT. The results were statistically analyzed by one-way ANOVA followed by Student-Newman-Keuls (SNK) test at a = 0.05. The HVIT and HV1 data were analyzed by paired t test (a = 0.05). SS wires showed the highest hardness followed by TMA and Ni-Ti alloys. However, all wires showed significantly lower HVIT compared to corresponding HV1, a finding probably appended to elastic recovery around the indentation. E IT for all wires tested was determined much lower than the nominal values of the corresponding alloys due to the implication of residual stress field at the slope of unloading curve. Elastic to total work ratio was ranged from 45.8 to 64.4 % which is higher than that expected for ductile alloys (<30 %). The products tested illustrated significant differences in their mechanical properties. Although IIT provides reliable data for hardness and elastic index of materials tested, the intense residual stress field developed during the manufacturing process significantly affects the determination of modulus of elasticity.
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    • "No statistically significant differences in Young modulus, hardness, surface color change, topography, nor chemical composition (evaluated by SEM–EDS) were found. The authors concluded that the consumption of soft drinks did not lead to the degradation of NiTi wires [7]. Barcelos et al. immersed stainless steel and NiTi wires in the solution of artificial saliva and fluorides for 15 and 30 days after which they investigated the release of Ni(II) ions and the open circuit potential (OCP). "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective The effect of orange juice and Coca Cola® on the release of metal ions from fixed orthodontic appliances. Materials and Methods A continuous flow system designed for in vitro testing of orthodontic appliances was used. Orange juice/Coca Cola® was flowing through the system alternately with artificial saliva for 5.5 and 18.5 h, respectively. The collected samples underwent a multielemental ICP-OES analysis in order to determine the metal ions release pattern in time. Results The total mass of ions released from the appliance into orange juice and Coca Cola® (respectively) during the experiment was calculated (μg): Ni (15.33; 37.75), Cr (3.604; 1.052), Fe (48.42; ≥156.1), Cu (57.87, 32.91), Mn (9.164; 41.16), Mo (9.999; 30.12), Cd (0.5967; 2.173). Conclusions It was found that orange juice did not intensify the release of metal ions from orthodontic appliances, whereas Coca Cola® caused increased release of Ni ions.
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