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Revista Dental Press de Ortodontia e Ortopedia Facial

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Abstract

LOTTI, Raquel S.; MACHADO, André Wilson; MAZZIEIRO, Ênio Tonani  and  LANDRE JUNIOR, Janes. Scientific aplication of finite element method. Rev. Dent. Press Ortodon. Ortop. Facial [online]. 2006, vol.11, n.2, pp.35-43. ISSN 1980-5500.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1415-54192006000200006.

The Finite Element Method consists of a series of mathematic equations that, utilized with the proper software, allows different kinds of computer simulations. The method was first reported in the end of the seventeenth century, however it’s practical utilization was made feasible only after the advent of computers. Scientific researches that works with this analysis is granted with many advantages. Especially in the Orthodontics field this approach can be very useful to evaluate the forces delivered by different orthodontic appliances, tooth movement and structures of the face. Due to it’s widespread use in orthodontic research it is of paramount importance to know well the method and its limitations to provide the proper background to the clinician and the researcher.

Keywords : Finite Elements Analysis; Orthodontics; Scientific research.

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