The effect of artificial saliva on the frictional forces between orthodontic brackets and archwires

A Downing, J F McCabe, P H Gordon
British Journal of Orthodontics 1995, 22 (1): 41-6
The effect of artificial saliva on the static and kinetic frictional forces of stainless steel (Dentaurum) and polycrystalline ceramic (Transcend) brackets in combination with 0.018-inch round and 0.019 x 0.025-inch Edgewise archwire sizes and stainless steel, nickel-titanium and beta-titanium archwire materials, under a constant ligature force were investigated. In all cases, artificial saliva had the effect of increasing the frictional force when compared with the dry state.

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