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Evaluation of Enamel Micro-Cracks Characteristics After Removal of Metal Brackets in Adult Patients Evaluation of Enamel Micro-Cracks Characteristics After Removal of Metal Brackets in Adult Patients

Author(s):

Tomas Linkevicius, DDS, Dip Pros, PhD;Irma Dumbryte; Laura Linkeviciene; Mangirdas Malinauskas; Vytaute Peciuliene; Kristupas Tikuisis

Date Added:

2/20/2014


Summary:

The purpose of this study was to evaluate and compare enamel micro-crack characteristics of adult patients before and after removal of metal brackets. After the examination with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), 45 extracted human teeth were divided into three groups of equal size. The length and width of the longest enamel micro-crack were measured for all the teeth before and after removal of metal brackets. The changes in the location of the micro-cracks were also evaluated. New enamel micro-cracks were found in 6 of 15 (40 per cent) examined teeth. Greatest changes in the width of enamel micro-cracks after debonding procedure appear in the cervical third of the tooth. On the basis of this result, the dentist must pay extra care and attention to this specific area of enamel during removal of metal brackets in adult patients.

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