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posted on 2020-12-16, 18:41 authored by amin akbariamin akbari
One of the most common concern among patients who need orthodontic treatment is treatment duration. The ability to accelerate orthodontic tooth movements would be beneficial to reduce the undesired side-effects of prolonged treatment. Methods have been used in conjugate with common orthodontic appliances to shorten the treatment. One of them is to use vibrational force (VF), which is non-invasive. The VF stimulates bone modeling and remodeling, which is essential to tooth movement. However, commercial devices used in the clinic failed to deliver consistent outcomes. The effects of the VF highly depend on its intensity the tooth receives. There must be a range of stimulation that optimizes the effects. The stimulation outside the range either have no effects or creates damages, which adversely affects the orthodontic treatment. Since these devices have generic mouthpiece and teeth are in different heights, hence some teeth cannot get force stimulation and others may be overloaded. The current designs also do not have ability to adjust the level of VF intensity that individual tooth needs, as in some cases orthodontists are required to move a tooth faster than others or even slower, which needs the device to be personalized. Therefore, the primary cause of inconsistent clinical outcomes is the inadequate design of the mouthpiece of the current device. The goal of this study is to design a better vibratory device that not only guarantees VF delivery but also enables orthodontists to control the level of VF on the individual tooth, which meets the patient’s treatment needs. This is a preliminary study to understand the effects of different design parameters affecting the VF distribution on teeth. A finite element model, which consists of human upper and lower jaws in their occlusal positions and a mouthpiece, xii was created. The VF was from a vibratory source with a peak load of 0.3N and specified frequencies (30 and 120 Hz). The element size was determined through a convergence test and the model was validated experimentally. Results showed that the VF distribution among the teeth relies on the material property of the mouthpiece. The distribution is uneven, meaning some teeth bearing much more load than others. This means, with the current device design, teeth


Degree Type

  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering


  • Mechanical Engineering

Campus location

  • Indianapolis

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Jie Chen

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee co-chair

Diane Wagner

Additional Committee Member 2

Nilsson Holguin

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