Polymers & 3-D Printing for antibacterial braces

Monday 2 June 2014

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Orthodontists of the University Medical Center Groningen working to improve braces and prostheses. They are currently looking at the possibility of the use of a bacterium slaying material.

The orthodontists tests together with chemists, microbiologists and a physicist applying an antibacterial polymer. This material kills oral bacteria as soon as they adhere to the material.

Through making braces and prostheses of antibacterial polymer, it can be prevented that there is generated in the plaque orthodontistic treatments.

The idea is to make this with the help of 3-D printing techniques. Until the braces and prostheses fit exactly it will take several years before the first bactericidal brackets are ready for use .


According to the UMCG more and more people in the Netherlands have a bracket . About 40 percent of people aged twelve and older get a bracket and increasingly adults choose a row of beautiful, straight teeth.

Research shows that about 60 percent of all patients eventually experience problems in the two to three years of treatment due to plaque.