Canadian ingenuity that eases the pain

Canadian ingenuity that eases the pain

A high-performance metal that improves orthodontics holds promise for the aerospace and automotive industries
May 21, 2013

With an average cost hovering around $5,000, braces and orthodontics are big business, and a big expense for families. It is estimated that more than four million people each year in Canada and the United States are in the care of an orthodontic specialist.

A team of researchers at the University of Waterloo have created a high-performance metal for the wire that lines the braces, making it less painful for young mouths. The wire can be customized for various dental situations, performing differently at different points along its length or at different temperatures.

This bit of Canadian ingenuity has great potential in other applications: the researchers are in talks with companies in the aerospace, automotive and medical device industries.