Mechanical properties and surface characterization of beta titanium and stainless steel orthodontic wire following topical fluoride treatment.

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OBJECTIVE To study the effect of fluoride prophylactic agents on the loading and unloading mechanical properties and surface quality of beta titanium and stainless steel orthodontic wires. MATERIALS AND METHODS Rectangular beta titanium and stainless steel wires were immersed in either an acidulated fluoride agent, a neutral fluoride agent, or distilled… (More)

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