This practical resource addresses a range of clinical problems in orthodontics and pediatric dentistry and provides a step-by-step guide to differential diagnosis and treatment planning. Emphasizing clinical-problem solving, it helps readers combine different dental procedures into a rational plan of treatment for patients who may have a number of different dental problems that require attention.
There is a vast multitude of materials with strongly differing properties. A
copper wire, for instance, can be bent easily into a new shape, whereas a
rubber band will snap back to its initial form after deformation, while the
attempt to bend a glass tube ends with fracture of the tube. The strongly
differing properties are reflected in the application of engineering materials –
you would neither want to build cars of glass nor rubber bridges. The multitude
of materials enables the engineer to select the best-suited one for any
The primary role of tendon is to transmit the force of its associated muscle to bone. As such,
the tendon needs to be relatively stiff and strong under tension. Herzog (2007) have stated
that mechanical properties, such as fiber-bundle organization of the tendon allow for the
maintenance of high tensile strength, with considerable flexibility in bending, in the same
way that a wire rope maintains high tensile strength and flexibility as compared to an equal
cross-section of solid steel (e.g., Alexander (1988a); Alexander (1988b) and Wainwright et al.