A critical review of older and contemporary applications of biomechanical methods in orthodontics.

Ch. G. Provatidis, N.E. Toutountzakis
Hellenic Orthodontic Review 1998;1:27-49.


This paper attempts a review of the literature related to the applications and conclusions of methods of theoretical and applied mechanics, experimental strength of materials as well as contemporary computerized methods used in Orthodontics. These methods are evaluated based on contemporary data from both scientific fields, i.e. Mechanics and Orthodontics. Special reference and discussion is made concerning the finite element method which seems to be the best of all. There is also a brief reference of the most recent achievements of Informatics that may be used by clinical orthodontists in the near future.