|Orthodontic Force Measurement|
The goal of this project is to design, fabricate and test a device that measures the orthodontic forces that are placed on an average sized human arch when braces are applied. The requirement for this device arose because of the uncertainty in the current applications in orthodontics. Though the exact forces are not known, orthodontists have a rough estimate of the mechanics involved. This device will help make the orthodontic process more efficient and result in a faster procedure. When there is too much force applied to a tooth, the result is damaged bone, soft tissue and tooth structures which prolongs the process. If the force is too small, then it is ineffective in adjusting the tooth.
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