Nitinol Archwires Prove They Have Teeth

Celebrating a nickel-titanium breakthrough in orthodontics

Virginia Heffernan -

Nitinol Archwires

The introduction of superelastic Nitinol® (UNS N01555) wires in the field of orthodontics more than a decade ago was an “unbelievable blessing,” says Dr. Robert Cram, past president of the Canadian Association of Orthodontists. Superelastic wires stretch easily when they are cool but spontaneously shrink when they are warmed up. This property can be used to progressively pull teeth into their proper position.

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Volume 32-2: Nickel on the move

From bicycles to rockets

August 09, 2017


Feature Story:
It is actually rocket science
Given successful test experiences to date, it is abundantly clear that 3D printing and nickel-containing alloys will be critical to the future of U.S. space travel for decades to come.